Peanut Butter Balls (Power Balls) I used to make these for my kids and I am now making them for my grand kids. The original recipe was from Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe. I never made them like pumpkins. Just rolled in unsweetened coconut.
Cookbooks, however, also have spurred changes in culinary habits. Stavely and Fitzgerald cite Julia Child as a reason why so much more variety appears today in supermarkets than in the 1960s. They also recount the influence of Diet for a Small Planet on the emergence of a mass market for organic foods in particular and ‘healthy’ ones in general. The widespread popularity of these publications not only reflects what their purchasers ‘were encouraged to want to eat’ but also ignited a revolution of sorts. Nobody, Stavely and Fitzgerald note, could have found a salad at McDonald’s in the sixties.
Before Alice Waters, Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman became household names, there was Frances Moore Lappé. Now, Lappé, who is best-known for her 1971 book, Diet for a Small Planet, is speaking at Stanford University Oct. 11 to inspire the next generation of food and environmental activists. The presentation is free and open to the public. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium.
My favorite hummus recipe ... ever since reading Diet for a Small Planet 30 years ago! I use extra garlic, lemon juice, and cumin, and no red pepper or paprika. (For 3 cans beans: 4 cloves garlic, 5T lemon juice, and 1T cumin. Since I use a mixer, extra oil is also good: about 5T in all.)