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A revolutionary, crunchy bean pie for a small planet.

Meat is optional. Humans Don’t go hungry., Anywhere. Climate change is real. Our Consumer choices have consequences. And food is as political as hell. These are all modern ideas of honest eaters. But even that is nothing new. Frances Moore Lapi, For example, he has been talking about this for over five decades now.

When it was published in 1971, he. “Food for the Little Planet” The revelation was that he presented a convincing argument for a different relationship with our food, for the good of all. It also provided a clear blueprint for starters, with recipes and food tips that were considered highly crunchy granola at the time, as many people had no idea what crunchy granola actually was.

Since then, a book that began its life as a one-page handout has become a classic. Her ideals have been widely acclaimed, and her globally inspired recipes have moved from “hippie food” to mainstream American cuisine. This little planet of ours may be in a more terrifying shape, but we still cook with hope, and gather at the table with love.

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On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, “Food for a Small Planet” has been reintroduced, with a new introduction and the latest information and recipes. It’s a reflection of the changing world, our growing understanding of nutrition – and the pleasures of bringing new flavors to the kitchen, thanks to partners. Padma Lakshmi And Bryant Terry..

“When we started dreaming about what the 50th anniversary edition would look like, one thing my mom and I were really clear about was that we wanted it to be like a celebration of cooking and eating. Feel that many people accept. People, “says the author and lawyer. Anna Leap. “We wanted it to feel like a party.”

One of the things I’ve always liked about “Food for a Small Planet” is that it’s a playful party, and realizing that revolutionary cooking can still be cheap and easy. Inequalities and injustices in our food system are armies and none of us can solve them. But it can be fun to be more thoughtful about how we cook and what we eat, and to lean towards relationships. For my family this week, this early fall takes the form of bean pie, inspired by the “little planet” and made a bit of a favorite with puff pastry. The other evening, I put it on the table with a battery green salad, while my high school teacher talked about what he had learned at school that day. Voting rights. This is upbringing for you.

“What we do every day, many times a day, connects me to the world I want, and to people with others,” says Frances LaPaye. Helps to improve life. Saying that will solve the problem, but it makes us stronger. I call it the process of rebellious intelligence. More confidence in what is possible. “I will eat it.


Directions: Fallen pie

Inspired by Food for a small planet

Serves 4-6.


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped.
  • 1 carrot, chopped.
  • 1 stick of celery, chopped.
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels.
  • 2 15 ounce cans of kidney beans, drain and rinse (or whatever beans you like)
  • 1 teaspoon, more or less, cumin.
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cheddar cheese.
  • 1 sheet of melted puff pastry.
  • Neutral oil for pan.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 to.
  2. Roll the puff pastry on a sheet of parchment, about 1/4 inch thick. Just look at it. Pull the pastry all over with a fork.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Place the pastry and parchment on a medium sheet pan. Cook the pastry for about 15 minutes, until it looks golden.
  5. Meanwhile, fry the onions, carrots and celery until they are soft.
  6. Stir in corn, beans, spices and tamarind and cook slowly.
  7. When the pastry looks good, remove from the oven, then sprinkle with chopped cheese. Add the bean mixture on top. Submit immediately. The leftover baby makes a great lunch the next day.

Note: Pastry is a nice touch, but nothing is stopping you from skipping it altogether and making another easy dish of beans and vegetables. Serve with hot bread.

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