Protest Kitchen

Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time

by Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina
Published on October 1, 2018

Protest Kitchen is an empowering guide to the food and lifestyle choices anyone can make for positive change in the face of the profound challenges of our time. Our food choices not only affect personal health and the environment, but are also tied to issues of justice, misogyny, national security, and human rights. Protest Kitchen is the first book to explore the ways in which a more plant-based diet challenges regressive politics and fuels the resistance.

A provocative and practical resource for hope and healing, Protest Kitchen, addresses all of the impacts of food choices and provides practical guidance for making changes through daily actions and recipes.  

What People are Saying about Protest Kitchen

“In Protest Kitchen, Carol Adams and Virginia Messina make it very clear how what happens in kitchens, backyards, and other places where food is prepared and consumed has enormous impacts that go way beyond the walls of slaughterhouses, restaurants, and homes. Choosing a plant-based diet is, indeed, a significant form of protest and resistance against a violent, destructive, and discriminatory status quo, and the authors clearly show how personal choices can empower all individuals and make enormous differences not only for the animals and people involved, but also for society as a whole.” —Marc Bekoff, author of The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age and Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do

“The personal is political–and delicious! Protest Kitchen shows you how to change the world…one kitchen at a time. When eating is a form of protest, every meal becomes an act of resistance, an opportunity for healing, hope–and Collard Greens with Black-Eyed Peas! Adams and Messina make it fun to align your kitchen with your politics. Go vegan for a day; then a week; then a lifetime.” —Jayne Loader, filmmaker, The Atomic Café

Protest Kitchen‘s authors draw on their deep expertise in clinical nutrition and social justice to provide a deeply insightful look at how our food choices can unintentionally support racism, sexism, environmental damage and other social injustices. Dozens of delicious recipes make it easy to try meals with a lower injustice footprint – my favorites are the imPeach Crumble and the Trumped-Up Cutlets. This wonderful, game-changing book is a must-read for anyone interested in eating mindfully and avoiding collateral damage to society’s disenfranchised and marginalized.” —David Robinson Simon, author of Meatonomics

Protest Kitchen is a welcome challenge to the world’s most ignored social justice space–our own kitchens. Adams and Messina arm hungry advocates with the knowledge needed to bring trips to the grocery store into line with their values, all while providing practical mouth-watering cuisine to fuel bodies and souls. This delicious page-turner exists in a category of its own. Do yourself a favor and invite Protest Kitchen into yours!” —Chris Sosa, Senior Editor, AlterNet

Protest Kitchen exposes the systemic abuses that result from standard industrialized eating patterns, and provides actionable advice for those who empathize with the exploited. This powerful book illustrates how we can resist oppression and create a more just and compassionate world through conscientious food choices.” —Gene Baur, President and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, author of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life