About Puneeta

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma is a Toronto-based cookbook author,  speaker,  sustainability expert and mom of two.

An occasional Instagrammer and everyday food-waste warrior, Puneeta teaches people how to lead a low-waste, earth-friendly, abundant lifestyle.

Her debut cookbook, Good Food, Healthy Planet is helping people make low-waste, climate-conscious and totally delicious choices in the kitchen and at home.

Puneeta is the founder of the popular food and culture blog Maple and Marigold. Puneeta believes that sustainability is far easier than we have been led to believe and that eating good food can be uncomplicated and accessible.

Puneeta has appeared on prominent media including CTV’s The Social, CBC Radio Breakfast Television, CHCH, Global News, CBC, and Martha Stewart, among many others. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids, and their cat.

Her blog, Maple and Marigold started in 2016 as a love letter. Maple represents Canada, and marigold refers to her roots in India. Through her writing, workshops, videos and other work, Puneeta has built a popular and loyal community that is moving people towards delicious, good-for-you, good-for-the-planet habits.

You can often find Puneeta writing away at her local coffee shop. She’s easy to spot; her laptop has a big sticker on it that says, “There is no Planet B.” 

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma - Canadian Food Writer - Farmer's Market Visit
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma's new book, "Good Food, Healthy Planet" is out April 2024

My first book, a good-for-us guide to attainable, climate-conscious, delicious cooking out now.

Puneeta is available for events, media interviews, and other collaborations.


  • Hopeful steps towards climate change
  • Small Steps = Big Impact
  • Simple, sustainable Living
  • What we eat can help us feel good
  • Home cooking and why it's a critical life skill
  • Nature and health are deeply interconnected
  • First-gen immigrant experiences

Contact Puneeta at puneeta@mapleandmarigold.com.

speaking and events