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Published on September 19th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe


Giveaway: Win a Copy of American Wasteland

photo of American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom by Ty Rhudy

photo of American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom by Ty Rhudy

We’re big on reducing food-related waste around here, so when I heard that someone had written a book on the topic, I knew you guys would be interested. American Wasteland recently came out in paperback, and the publishers have generously offered up two copies just for you guys!

Here’s American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom talking a bit about the project:

Bloom is a freelance writer and food waste expert who took a hard look at our food system and the waste that goes along with it. He found that we’re wasting close to half of the food we produce, and this book goes behind the scenes into the food industry to examine why that is.

The folks at Da Capo Lifelong Books, publishers of American Wasteland are offering two copies of the book, which means two winners! Here’s how you can enter…

Giveaway Details

Here’s how you can enter:

  • Comment on this post with one of the ways that you reduce your food-related waste.
  • Tweet about the giveaway and let us know with a comment on this post.
  • Follow Jonathan Bloom on Twitter and let us know here.
  • Sign up for the Eat Drink Better newsletter through the form in the sidebar, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook and let us know here.

You can do one of these things, a few, or all of them! Each one gets your “name in the hat” for an additional entry. Just remember to make a separate comment for each entry, so we can be sure to count all of your entries! We’ll announce a winner on Monday, September 26th.

The publisher has asked that we only take entries from the U.S. and Canada. International readers can find the book on Amazon or in local book shops!

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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

12 Responses to Giveaway: Win a Copy of American Wasteland

  1. Kelly N. says:

    I am now a follower of WastedFood / Jonathan Bloom
    on twitter!!
    :) Thank you for sharing this book & author! I love to learn and share more on the important subject of waste we produce, especially related to food!!!

  2. Kelly N. says:

    I live with my fiance, and we are on completely opposite schedules. We used to eat out, but those leftovers would often never be put to use, or would spoil quickly. We now alternate cooking meals and we plan so we can save a portion for the other person. We also make sure the meals could be put to good use another day as well, in case of extras!

    (Entry #2 – “Comment on this post with one of the ways that you reduce your food-related waste.”)

  3. Kelly N. says:

    Hello :) …. again haha

    I know follow eatdirnkbetter on twitter & I shared the love by tweeting about this giveaway! Woohoo!!!

    (Entry #3 – “Tweet about the giveaway and let us know with a comment on this post.”

    & Entry #4 – “or follow us on Twitter or Facebook and let us know here.”)

  4. I keep my fridge a bit colder than suggested. Food last longer, so I waste less.

  5. SarahB says:

    I get rid of food waste by taking all my leftovers for lunch. It stops me from eating out at restaurants, stops waste, and saves me money!

  6. Maija says:

    I am following you on twitter and RT the giveaway and am following Jonathan Bloom. 3 entries?

    The non-animal product food waste that I do have goes to my worms to make worm compost. Would
    Love to get my hands on this book.

  7. Priti Ambani says:

    I reduce food waste by planning meals that use ingredients with shortest shelf life first and buying fewer items more frequently.
    I would LOVE a copy of this book!

  8. Priti Ambani says:

    I RT about the giveaway and follow Jonathan Bloom on Twitter! I also like EDB on Facebook! Yay!!!

  9. ERIC SHEEHY says:

    I utilize peelings in stock…ie: Carrot/onion/celery/mushroom/tomato et al instead of whole veg…

  10. Sounds like a great book! One way that I reduce our food-related waste has to do with the packaging. I am tossing MUCH less now that I learned about turning everything from coffee foil packages to cereal box liners into “fabric” used to make functional items (totes, coin purses, …). I learned plastic fusion on etsy. Fun!

  11. I compost all of my food scraps, which means also saving them in bags or containers while I am away from home!

  12. Maura says:

    Short of eating the food I have purchased before it goes bad I am really at a loss. One thing I have committed to recently is not getting take-out from restaurants because of the ridiculous disposable containers the food comes in; I hope it helps.

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