The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook

Save Food, Save Money, and Save the Planet

By (author): Cinda Chavich
ISBN 9781771511117
Softcover | Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Book Dimensions: 8.25 in x 10.5 in
288 Pages

About the Book

Shortlisted for a 2016 IACP Food Matters Award
Winner of a 2016 Gourmand World Cookbook Award

Imagine going to the supermarket and buying three bags full of food but then dropping one in the parking lot before driving away. With the amount of food we waste, it’s like we all do the equivalent of that every single week.

Forty percent of food is wasted in North America. When you drop leftovers into the household trash or even the compost pile, not only are you emptying your wallet, you are also contributing to global warming. It’s time to get smarter about sustainable consumerism.

With more than 140 recipes organized by ingredient and countless brilliant ideas for using everything up, The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook will show you how to shop, cook, and eat with zero waste.

You’ll learn how to transform leftovers into delicious new dishes, how to store and preserve foods to make them last, how to shop smart when buying in bulk, and interpret “best-before” dates. You’ll even learn how to cook once and create three different meals. So heed the wisdom of your grandparents and reclaim the contents of your fridge.

About the Author(s)

Cinda Chavich is a widely published freelance food writer and the author of six cookbooks including the bestselling The Girl Can't Cook and The Guy Can't Cook. Find out more about Cinda at or on Twitter @TasteReporter.


“A must in every home. Read this book to reduce your food waste in creative, simple, and delicious ways. Better yet, buy this book for your favorite politician or food manufacturer or retailer to let them know that you care about food waste and they should also be doing something about it.” —Éric Darier, Senior Greenpeace Campaigner

“This book is a win on all fronts—you save money, spend less time shopping, cook and eat great-tasting meals, and tread more lightly on the planet.” —Jennifer Cockrall-King, author of Food and the City

“No one wants to waste food, but sometimes it happens because we don’t know the right way to store or use up the food we have. The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook is full of inspiration and information on how to deal with that slightly wrinkled tomato or aging broccoli. Its essence, however, is a deep understanding of how to treat food with the love and respect it deserves.” —Dana Gunders, Staff Scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council and author of The Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook

“The best way to save the planet one meal at a time is to avoid food waste. And this new book is full of smart strategies that will also help you save money and eat better.” —View the Vibe

“It’s a book everyone should read, as it will inspire both budding chefs and those who want to do their part for the environment. As a bonus, you’ll save money, spend less time in the grocery store and cook awesome meals.” —The Star Phoenix

“This is not a glossy coffee table cookbook, but more a reference tool we all can use more often in the kitchen … So open your refrigerator, grab five ingredients and devise a meal plan. After reading this book you may feel more confident doing so.” —Culinaire Magazine

“If your parents didn’t raise you to believe that wasting food is sinful, Cinda Chavich is here to set you straight. The introduction of her The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook lays out compelling environmental, economic, and philosophical reasons why we all need to do a better job of menu planning and upcycling our leftovers … The book’s format makes it easy to use based on what foods are on hand … Artsy food prints and photos also make the book graphically pleasing, so you just may find yourself reading the book through for pleasure as much as for its valuable information.” —Foreword Reviews

“This is an excellent cookbook with plenty of very good tips … designed to help you get the most out of the food you buy while it’s still perfectly good to eat.” —San Francisco Book Review

“Through intelligent ideas and delicious recipes The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook links a frugal culinary past to a sustainable food future.” —BC Farms & Food

“A must-have for every kitchen.” —Western Living

The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook: Save Food, Save Money, and Save The Planet is timely and empowering. We all want to do something to help save our planet and Cinda helps us start in the heart of all of our homes—our kitchens—to do our bit to reduce the harmful effects of food waste.” —Savour it All blog