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Vegetarian cookbook: gift that goes on giving, even for meat-eaters!

Rita Venter

Image from Banting 7 Day Meal Plans Vegetarian (Quivertree 2020)

By Marika Sboros

Every now and then there comes a vegetarian cookbook that is a real gem, a healthy gift that goes on giving – even for meat-eaters. The newly published Banting 7 Day Meals Vegetarian (Quivertree) is it.

The authors are South Africans Rita Venter, Natalie Lawson and Kim Blom.

Neither of them is a doctor, scientist or nutritionist. Despite that – perhaps even because of that – theirs is a winning collaboration. Their book is reader-friendly, packed with helpful information, tips and recipes and is beautifully illustrated.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2020 named it the national winner in their Vegetarian category. That means automatic qualification for the final awards round Paris next year to win ‘best in the world’.

My money is on Venter and her team to take the title.



Relax: Your meat-eating ‘can beat climate change’!

The next time anyone says that your low-carb meat eating will make climate change worse, quote US physician Michael Eades. Eades is a myth buster. He says that you don’t make a Faustian pact by adopting a low-carb diet.

Here, Eades looks at the science behind the real effect of the removal of animals to help restore the grasslands: It brought about desertification even quicker.

He also shows the cognitive dissonance that overcame many in the wake of the obvious failure in that outcome:

They could not believe that herds of herbivores would actually produce the effect they were removing these same herds to achieve. It was the same kind of thinking that said we should all cut fat and increase carbs to reduce obesity or cure diabetes, Eades says. And it had about the same effect on climate change. 

He explains the seeming paradox of “more animals equals better grasslands equals better climate”. It’s controversial and not everyone is on board. It’s contained in a book called The Grazing Revolution: A Radical Plan to Save the Earth. – Marika Sboros