Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma - Canadian Food Writer - Community Garden

From Food Writer and Climate Advocate comes this Simple-to-follow Guide to Low-waste, Delicious Food


Good Food, Healthy Planet

Your Kitchen Companion to Simple, Practical, Sustainable Cooking

"Love your book, Puneeta! I love that you are encouraging me to think out of the (plastic) box and that you are willing to hold my hand (via your little shares at the top) while I do it. One of my favourite cookbook authors is Dorie Greenspan because she has a story that she shares about a recipe. I feel like you have done the same and more so because you are helping us to be better stewards of this beautiful Earth. Sending lots of applause to you! 👏"

Stephanie K, Ontario, Canada

Good Food, Healthy Planet is a cookbook that transcends the realm of mere recipes, offering a treasure trove of intriguing insights, sustainable kitchen hacks and delectable meals that will revolutionize the way you approach cooking.”

Lori Nikkel, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Canada

The reviews are in.

In her debut cookbook, Good Food, Healthy Planet " Puneeta writes, "we need to expand the definition of good food to include not only us but everyone else."

- Laura Brehaut, National Post, May, 2024

Early Reviews 

“Puneeta's writing in Good Food, Healthy Planet is riveting — she thoughtfully guides you on how to eat better, waste less, and cook in a way that is friendlier to the planet.  On top of all that, the recipes are approachable, yet full of colour and interesting flavours!  A must for any home cook who's looking to cook responsibly without sacrificing the joys of the kitchen."

Chef Shahir Massoud, author of Eat, Habibi, Eat!


“This collection of recipes will help folks make that critical mind-body-planet connection, starting with the food on their plates. Puneeta soothes the sense of overwhelm that often arises when thinking about our current climate reality and how to best look after ourselves. I also appreciate her realistic tips for reducing meat consumption, meeting people where they are. With the variety and abundance prevalent in these recipes, you'll never feel a sense of deprivation."

Laura Wright, creator of The First Mess Cookbook


“We need solutions that everyone can take to address the major challenges we face for People Planet and Prosperity of our world. Good Food, Healthy Planet delivers a clear plan and roadmap that includes delicious solutions to deliver food that does good and is good.  Read, Learn and Act.”

Paul Newnham, Executive Director, SDG2 Advocacy Hub


“I have found Puneeta’s Good Food, Healthy Planet full of critical advice and simple steps that can be taken in everyday cooking to contribute to a healthier lifestyle, all while embracing environmental stewardship through culturally diverse recipes that actually work.”

Chef Bashir Munye, Chef and food advocate

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma's new book, "Good Food, Healthy Planet" is out April 2024

A cookbook that provides everything you need to prepare truly good food

Cooking from what you have, in-season where you live, Good Food, Healthy Planet, brought to you by TouchWood Editions, eases the burden of decision-making in our day-to-day lives. This book takes a refreshing, relaxed approach to the occasionally overwhelming yet absolutely necessary work of cooking for ourselves and saving our Earth, one dish at a time.

What you will discover in this cookbook

  • 80+ recipes, tons of insights, #GoGreenTips and Cooking Hacks to help you prepare climate-conscious food that is mostly meat-free, low-waste, and, of course, delicious!
  • A primer on sourcing and preparing food with emissions and land-use in mind, in this book Puneeta outlines just why our choices in the kitchen matter.
  • An accessible, achievable, simple-to-follow framework she cheekily calls “Eating with Benefits”
  • Puneeta’s “Power of Less” lists that make the most of what most people have
  • Foundational recipes designed to maximize diversity in your diet and minimize waste
  • Back-to-basics techniques like sprouting lentils, making yogurt, and cooking just about any kind of dried bean you can imagine.
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma - Canadian Food Writer - Sustainability Expert, Climate Advocate

About the Author

PUNEETA CHHITWAL-VARMA is a writer and food advocate who teaches people how to lead a low-waste, earth-friendly, abundant lifestyle. She 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 national and international media including CTV’s The Social, Breakfast Television, CHCH, Global News, CBC, and Martha Stewart, among many others. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids, and their cat.

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