Nothing has affected the way I think about the world and my place in it as much as this book. I've read it front-to-back, back-to-front, randomly, and selectively, and have never left it uninspired. The first part calls for everyday actions that effect global, local, and personal change, offering hope to those of us who feel we can do little. The second part offers extrodinarily beautiful and simple recipes which help the reader to change the world through diet.These are recipes to treasure -- they create family heirlooms, foods I crave when far from home, foods I long for when alone. So far, my family has gone through five copies of this cookbook. No book is better for vegetarians on a budget or for people who want to change the world in prudent ways.