Tips & Notes

  1. Read each page carefully before proceeding to the grocery store. This means, read through step-by-step of the recipes, noting not just what ingredients you need, but what equipment and the procedure.
  2. Take my words with a grain of salt. I did my research, and I hope to update this with new information, new ingredients and new recipes. However, everywhere is different, food-wise, culture-wise and environment-wise.
  3. Know your stuff. What you find in this cookbook is just the surface of a global crisis of food. Of course, you don’t need to know everything, because that would just be impossible. But to make educated decisions, to teach others and to make change, knowing and understanding is crucial.
  4. Generate an equal viewpoint. Don’t be so quick to denounce a point of view just because it does not agree with yours. It is the common mistake amongst environmentalists, a mistake that can lead to failure to teach, educate and change others and the systems in place.
  5. Lastly, enjoy the process – may it be cooking, gardening or solving the world’s one too many problems. There will be moments of disappointment (when you can’t seem to even keep a cactus alive), moments of solitude (when you can barely remember the last cooked meal you had with others) and moments of hardship (when even your closest family and friends do not understand the reasoning behind your drive for a sustainable future). But remember, bitter ingredients can always be cooked up into something delicious! (Some day I will add in a bitter gourd recipe)


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