Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes & Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon Lifestyle

green-cookbook-cover-image“Big Green Cookbook shows you how deliciously easy it can be to reduce your carbon ‘food’ print. It’s the perfect tool for anyone who wants to eat well and treat the earth right.” —Ellie Krieger, host of Food Network’s “Healthy Appetite” and author of The Food You Crave

May 5, 2009 –It’s time to go green— in the kitchen! Jackie Newgent, R.D., author of BIG GREEN COOKBOOK: HUNDREDS OF PLANET-PLEASING RECIPES & TIPS FOR A LUSCIOUS, LOW-CARBON LIFESTYLE (Wiley Paperback; $24.95; April 2009) has created the first comprehensive, climate-conscious cookbook. There’s something for everyone—from strict vegetarians to meat eaters. With over 200 simple, planet-pleasing recipes, Newgent has finally created a book for both culinary novices and experienced home cooks that shows how to maximize flavors in the kitchen while minimizing negative effects on the environment.

In BIG GREEN COOKBOOK, Newgent shares her unique cooking techniques that save time, energy, and money. The BIG GREEN COOKBOOK recipes are arranged by season and focus on fresh, full-flavored, and nutrient-rich foods. In fact, every recipe contains a fruit or veggie and every recipe features a nutrition profile.

While the recipes are healthful, going green doesn’t mean sacrificing good food. Every season includes tasty recipes for “bites and snacks,” “dips, salsas, & sauces,” “soups & salads,” “vegetarian dishes,” “fish poultry & meat dishes,” and “sips & sweets.” Here’s a taste: Eco-Beer-Battered Red Onion Rounds, Shallot-Spiked Veggie Dip, Gingery Red Grapefruit Shrimp Salad, Minted Pilaf with Pomegranate Seeds, Sesame Soba Noodle Bowl with Bell Peppers and Cucumber, Garlicky Spinach Flatbread Pizzette, Pan-Seared Organic Poultry Breast Paillard with Fresh Blueberry Sauce, and Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Starfruit (and there’s much more!)

Newgent helps home cooks see how to find their sustainable “sweet spot” in the kitchen, such as:

• Preparing a delicious, quick, weeknight meal with your significant other? – Instead of spaghetti with a jarred pasta sauce (15 minutes cooking time), prepare Citrus Cream of Capellini (8 minutes of cooking time) and save 7 minutes of cooking energy!

• Entertaining a few friends at home? – Instead of homemade roasted eggplant dip (50 minutes of cooking time), try Baba Ghanoush à la Skillet (10 minutes of cooking time) and save a total of 40 minutes of cooking energy!

• Trying to feed your children healthy and planet-friendly snacks? Instead of the typical chocolate chip cookie (20 minutes of cooking time), bake Happy Planet Cookies (10 minutes of cooking time), and save 10 minutes of cooking energy!

With every recipe there are practical tips and intriguing facts that enhance each meal’s green appeal including:

1. Little Green Cooking Tip: simple suggestions for eco-friendly cooking
2. Use It, Don’t Lose it: ideas for preventing food-related waste
3. Go Local: tips for choosing locally-produced foods
4. A Planet-friendly Bite: interesting environmental facts related to a recipe

In addition, BIG GREEN COOKBOOK also contains effective strategies for creating an eco-conscious kitchen, including Newgent’s top eight big green cooking “rules”; a green kitchen checklist; practical advice on how to choose, store, and prepare foods in an eco-friendly way; luscious, low-carbon menus; and a seasonal produce guide. Everyone can make a difference— Newgent states, “Just following one new recipe…or using some of the tips that are on every page will guide you to a smarter, eco-friendlier, even more cost conscious way of life.” So start pleasing your palate while pleasing the planet today with BIG GREEN COOKBOOK!

About the author
Jackie Newgent is a registered dietitian, eco-cuisine expert, and cookbook author and writes for Glamour, Weight Watchers Magazine, Woman’s Day, and other health publications. In the May 2008 issue of Better Homes and Gardens, she was one of seven food experts featured. She has been a repeat guest expert on Emeril Lagasse’s TV show “Emeril Green” on Planet Green (Discovery) Channel. She has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBCs Later Today, CBS’s Up to the Minute, Food Network’s Follow that Food and Lifetime’s Lifetime Live as well as on the radio including NPR, CNN Radio Network, and WOR. She’s also a cooking instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. She’s the author of the award-winning The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook. Her websites are: and She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes and Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon Lifestyle
By Jackie Newgent (S)

Wiley; April 2009
; US $24.95
978-0-470-40449-2; Paperback
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