In the UK we throw away 6.6 million tonnes of household food waste a year. Everything that goes into producing, transporting, refrigerating and cooking food uses energy, fuel and water. Each of these parts of the food production and consumption cycle lets off greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. There are plenty of ways we can reduce our impact on the environment when it comes to this essential part of life. Here are 5 books to help us eat both healthily and sustainably, in a way which is good both for us and for the planet. 


This book is great for anyone new to the zero waste life. It takes you through the history of the supermarkets, why and how we got to where we are, and the solutions to the current problems. Learn how to shop better, how to correctly store food and what to do with food waste we produce.

The author Lindsay Miles is a zero-waste writer, spokesperson and educator who gives talks and workshops to encourage others to embrace change, reconnect with their values and make a positive impact on the world around them.



Max La Manna is a zero-waste vegan chef, award-winning author and presenter. His book celebrates the incredible power of a plant-based diet creating as minimal waste as possible. More Plants Less Waste includes recipes, tips and tricks to help us have a less wasteful lifestyle.

THE 7-DAY BASKET: The no-waste cookbook that everyone is talking about

The concept behind this book is simple, shopping lists for each week to reduce waste. Each chapter starts with a shopping list for the week ahead followed by recipes for 7 dinners to take you through the week. This book helps to plan your week ahead and removes the stress from food shopping,


Traditionally Fermented Foods: Innovative Recipes and Old-Fashioned Techniques for Sustainable Eating

Shannon Stonger, the author, lives a simple, agrarian life with only minimal solar-powered electricity. Shannon relies on practical food preservation techniques, such as fermentation to provide food for her family. Learn how fermented foods work, how to make fermented foods using Shannon’s authentic preservation technique, which she depends on daily to put food on the table and how to use fermented foods in recipes.

The First Mess Cookbook: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well Through the Season

This book features 125 vegan, seasonal. wholesome recipes and is written by award winning blogger Laura Wright. More than just a cookbook, it is a comprehensive guide to creating healthy and irresistible plant-based meals every day. It is a great book if you are thinking about trying a plant-based diet or even just adding a few more plant-based meals in every now and again.


At the end of the day, we understand that everyone has their own dietary preference but these books give a balanced view of eating which put focus on eating more fresh local ingredients and reducing waste. There’s a lesson to be learnt in each of these books, whether you’re looking for inspiration in the kitchen, or ways of living a more sustainable life!