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Protest Kitchen
Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time
Carol J. Adams, Virginia Messina
ISBN: 9781573247436
Book (Hardcover)
Red Wheel
6 x 8 1/4
224 pages
30 line drawings
October 1, 2018


“The personal is political—and delicious! Protest Kitchen shows you how to change the kitchen at a time. When eating is a form of protest, every meal becomes an act of resistance, an opportunity for healing, hope--and Collard Greens with Black-Eyed Peas! Adams and Messina make it fun to align your kitchen with your politics. Go vegan for a day; then a week; then a lifetime.” —Jayne Loader, filmmaker, The Atomic Café

Protest Kitchen is a welcome challenge to the world’s most ignored social justice space—our own kitchens. Adams and Messina arm hungry advocates with the knowledge needed to bring trips to the grocery store into line with their values, all while providing practical mouth-watering cuisine to fuel bodies and souls. This delicious page-turner exists in a category of its own. Do yourself a favor and invite Protest Kitchen into yours!” —Chris Sosa, Senior Editor, AlterNet

Protest Kitchen exposes the systemic abuses that result from standard industrialized eating patterns, and provides actionable advice for those who empathize with the exploited. This powerful book illustrates how we can resist oppression and create a more just and compassionate world through conscientious food choices.” --Gene Baur, President and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, author of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

“In Protest Kitchen, Carol Adams and Virginia Messina make it very clear how what happens in kitchens, backyards, and other places where food is prepared and consumed has enormous impacts that go way beyond the walls of slaughterhouses, restaurants, and homes. Choosing a plant-based diet is, indeed, a significant form of protest and resistance against a violent, destructive, and discriminatory status quo, and the authors clearly show how personal choices can empower all individuals and make enormous differences not only for the animals and people involved, but also for society as a whole.” --Marc Bekoff, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age and Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do

Protest Kitchen’s authors draw on their deep expertise in clinical nutrition and social justice to provide a deeply insightful look at how our food choices can unintentionally support racism, sexism, environmental damage and other social injustices. Dozens of delicious recipes make it easy to try meals with a lower injustice footprint – my favorites are the imPeach Crumble and the Trumped-Up Cutlets. This wonderful, game-changing book is a must-read for anyone interested in eating mindfully and avoiding collateral damage to society’s disenfranchised and marginalized.” —David Robinson Simon, author of Meatonomics

Protest Kitchen is an empowering guide to the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time.

Our food choices have much more of an impact than most people imagine. They not only affect our personal health and the environment, but are also tied to issues of justice, misogyny, national security, and human rights. Protest Kitchen is the first book to explore the ways in which a more plant-based diet challenges regressive politics and fuels the resistance.

A provocative and practical resource for hope and healing, Protest Kitchen, features over 50 vegan recipes (with alternatives for “aspiring vegans”) along with practical daily actions such as:

  • Substitute cow’s milk in your coffee and cereal for any of a variety of delicious non-dairy milks. This will help lower the release of methane gas that contributes to global warming
  • Use a smartphone app when buying chocolate to avoid supporting African farmers who use child-labor, even child slavery, to supply cacao beans to the food industry
  • Make your own cleaning supplies and wood polish; it’s frugal and avoids reliance on products that may be tested on animals

Carol J. Adams is the author of the pioneering Sexual Politics of Meat, which the New York Times called a “vegan bible” and is now in a 25th anniversary edition. The book was named one of Ms. Readers' 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time. Carol has also written pieces for sources as diverse as the New York Times, Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, and Christian Century. Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur
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Virginia Messina is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of Michigan. She is a longtime vegan who writes about vegetarian and vegan diets for the public and health professionals. Her articles have appeared in a variety of popular publications including Family Circle Magazine, Self Magazine, and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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