Good Food, Healthy Planet

Your Kitchen Companion to Simple, Practical, Sustainable Cooking

By (author): Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma
ISBN 9781771514064
Hardcover | Publication Date: April 16, 2024
Book Dimensions: 7.5 in. x 9.5 in.
272 Pages

About the Book

A refreshing, relaxed guide to the occasionally overwhelming yet absolutely necessary work of cooking for ourselves and saving the planet, one dish at a time.

In this simple-to-follow guide for today’s households, food writer and climate activist Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma provides everything you need to prepare good-for-us, good-for-the-planet food. Beginning with a primer on “the big why” of eating with emissions and land-use in mind, and a comprehensive guide to stocking kitchen essentials and making the most of your pantry, Puneeta outlines the accessible, achievable framework she calls “Eating with Benefits.”

The book’s 75+ recipes are climate-conscious, mostly meat-free, low-waste, and, of course, delicious! In chapters on versatile staples, mornings, dips and condiments, toasties and snacks, small plates, mains, and sweets, you’ll find workhorse recipes designed to maximize diversity in your diet and minimize waste, as well as back-to-basics techniques like sprouting lentils, making yogurt and cooking just about any kind of dried bean you can imagine.

Learn to make Puneeta’s No Fruit Left Behind Compote, Good Mood Dressing, Sun-fermented Vegetables, Deeply Green Shakshuka, Keema Aloo Shepherd’s Pie, and many more, cooking from what you have, in-season where you live. Good Food, Healthy Planet takes a refreshing, relaxed approach to the occasionally overwhelming yet absolutely necessary work of cooking for ourselves and saving the planet, one dish at a time.

About the Author(s)

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma is a writer and food advocate who focusses on seeking low-waste, earth-friendly, delicious solutions that work for real life. She has appeared on numerous prominent national and international media including CTV’s The Social, CHCH Morning Live, Global News, CBC Radio, BBC World News, CBC Life, and Martha Stewart. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, two kids and a cat. Visit her at


“Eating in a way that benefits both people and the planet may seem overwhelming. . . Chhitwal-Varma isn’t daunted by the enormity and urgency of the situation. Instead, in her guide to “simple, practical, sustainable cooking,” she focuses on the difference small changes can make.” National Post

“Puneeta’s writing in Good Food, Healthy Planet is riveting — she thoughtfully guides you on how to eat better, waste less, and cook in a way that is friendlier to the planet.  On top of all that, the recipes are approachable, yet full of colour and interesting flavours!  A must for any home cook who’s looking to cook responsibly without sacrificing the joys of the kitchen.” Chef Shahir Massoud, author of Eat, Habibi, Eat!

“Puneeta soothes the sense of overwhelm that often arises when thinking about our current climate reality and how to best look after ourselves. I also appreciate her realistic tips for reducing meat consumption, meeting people where they are.” Laura Wright, creator of The First Mess Cookbook

“This book delivers a clear plan and roadmap that includes delicious solutions to deliver food that does good and is good.” Paul Newnham, Executive Director SDG2 Advocacy Hub

Good Food, Healthy Planet is a cookbook that transcends the realm of mere recipes, offering a treasure trove of intriguing insights, sustainable kitchen hacks and delectable meals that will revolutionize the way you approach cooking.” Lori Nikkel, CEO Second Harvest

“I have found Puneeta’s Good Food, Healthy Planet full of critical advice and simple steps that can be taken in everyday cooking to contribute to a healthier lifestyle, all while embracing environmental stewardship through culturally diverse recipes that actually work.” Chef Bashir Munye, Chef and food advocate