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Let's Publish Tastes Like Love Now!

by Beth Love

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Santa Cruz, United States

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I am publishing a series of cookbooks to inspire and support an increase in plant eating: for human health, the environment, and the animals.
My name is Beth Love. I am raising money for a publishing project that I know will have a positive impact on the lives of my future readers and on our beloved earth and others. Before I say much more about the project, I will share a little about the passion that fuels this endeavor.

I have spent a lifetime in service to children and families. At a very young age I came to the conclusion that the way to change the world was to change the way we raise our children. I believed then, and still do, that raising children well and making sure their needs are met is one of the most powerful gifts we can give to humanity, since a well-raised child has the best chance to grow into a healthy adult who makes positive contributions to our world. After working with children for many years, I also adopted an equally compelling passion for supporting parents, since the way to insure children are well-raised is to make sure their parents have encouragement, support, tools, information, and community.


I have expressed my call in service to these foundational beliefs in my personal life and in my work for many decades. Among other things I have taught in and run Montessori schools, run organizations dedicated to healing and prevention of child abuse, founded a thriving families ministry providing a variety of services to children and families, and offered informal supports for families as I have been able.

So I was as surprised as anyone when I felt a call to give up my work with families and children and to turn my attention to food preparation! I have even experienced grief and a fair amount of identity confusion as I have made the shift from Rev. Beth to Chef Beth.


Yet I can see the thread of my life’s purpose strong and clear in my new vocation when I remind myself to look for it. You see, I had the startling revelation late last year that regardless of how well families are supported and how gracefully children are raised, it will all be for naught if we do not have a habitable planet on which our children can live and thrive. Global warming, species extinction, depletion of natural resources including our beautiful rain forests, toxic pollution, and so many other environmental disasters have grown to the point where I believe that an enduring human existence on the planet is no longer a given without immediate, vigorous action.

There are additional human-caused threats that also have the potential to undermine any efforts we make with children and families. In the developed world, and especially in the United States, we are experiencing epidemics of disabling and deadly diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. When so many of our families and children are facing these life threatening conditions, it is harder to make a case to myself that the best place I can be putting my efforts is on supporting good parenting. Excellent parenting can certainly ease the trauma experienced by a child who has to take insulin daily, or who cannot play because she cannot breathe, or who is in and out of hospitals enduring the horror of chemo and radiation. Finding a way to use my energy to reduce the incidence of disease, however, seems more compelling given the current health environment.


As I have researched these epic human concerns and others, I have found that another passion of mine holds a key for significantly impacting change for the earth, for human health, and also for animal well-being, food justice, and economic sustainability. That passion is the creation of delectable, healthy vegan foods. I have been aware for many years that choosing to eat a vegan diet is the single most impactful choice any individual can make for reducing her contribution to environmental destruction. That’s because animal agriculture, in all of its forms, is the leading contributor (or at least a major contributor) to most of the environmental challenges we face, from global warming to drought, rainforest destruction to species loss, water pollution to air pollution, and so much more. As an example, making a choice to go vegan reduces a person’s contribution to global warming more than any transportation choice—more than buying a Prius, and even more than going without a car!

Increased plant consumption (or even better, embracing a totally plant-based diet), also has the potential to significantly decrease one’s statistical probability of experiencing many of the most common diseases afflicting humanity, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Additional benefits of a plant-based diet include lower medical costs, a greater expression of compassion for our non-human brothers and sisters, and a greater probability that all people can be fed from the finite land of our amazing earth. This last is because animal agriculture in all its forms, including so-called “humane” and “sustainable” agriculture, is not a sustainable or humane way to feed all of the hungry people on the planet. It isn’t sustainable now on a planetary scale, and it will become even more unsustainable as the human population grows.

As a species, were we to consume more plants and far fewer (or no) animals, we would be able turn around so many environmental challenges, reclaim our vitality, clear our hearts of the cruelty inherent in raising animals for food, reduce costs for health care, and insure that the whole world can be fed. I think it is extremely empowering to know that one choice can result in so much good! I want to support others in making the choice to go vegan or, at the very least, increase plant consumption and reduce consumption of animal foods.  This is my new mission. I so want our children to have a habitable planet and vibrant lives, and I believe it is possible.


Writing a book series is one of the strategies I am implementing in service to this mission. The series, Tastes Like Love, provides support, inspiration, and practical tools to help people adapt to changing conditions by eating more plants and fewer animal products. The first book, Sensational Salads to Cool the Earth, is almost ready for publication. I have created, tested, refined, and written 50 recipes. I have taken photos of these gorgeous and delicious whole foods, some of which are interspersed in the writing on this page. Most of the text is written, and I have decided upon an approach to publishing the book.

I need your help, though, to take this manuscript to the next stage and get it out in the world, both in paperback form and as an ebook. I have lined up professionals to help me with proofing, editing, and layout and while I am getting some of these services donated, I am also paying for some. There are also other costs, including fees associated with publishing the book such as fees for ISBN numbers and the cost to convert the file into the proper format for the ebook version. Altogether I need to raise about $2,400 to prepare and release the book. My intent is to market the book widely so that as many people as possible are able to get support and inspiration for doing their part to improve human health, environmental sustainability, and animal well-being. I will also be donating a portion of the sales of the book to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to help with their life-saving work.

I hope you will join me in answering this call to bring forth this work. It would be such an honor to receive your donation of any size to help with this endeavor! I am offering some tasty perks to demonstrate my gratitude for your support. Let’s publish Tastes Like Love! Let’s give support to plant-consumption and all of its associated good!

I already feel grateful for your support. If you are ever in my neighborhood, please stop by. I would love to feed you something that Tastes Like Love!
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Let's Publish Tastes Like Love Now!

by Beth Love

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Santa Cruz, United States

$3,057.00 of $2,400.00 goal
53 backHers
Done
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CAMPAIGN CLOSED

This campaign ended on September 26, 2016

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I am publishing a series of cookbooks to inspire and support an increase in plant eating: for human health, the environment, and the animals.
My name is Beth Love. I am raising money for a publishing project that I know will have a positive impact on the lives of my future readers and on our beloved earth and others. Before I say much more about the project, I will share a little about the passion that fuels this endeavor.

I have spent a lifetime in service to children and families. At a very young age I came to the conclusion that the way to change the world was to change the way we raise our children. I believed then, and still do, that raising children well and making sure their needs are met is one of the most powerful gifts we can give to humanity, since a well-raised child has the best chance to grow into a healthy adult who makes positive contributions to our world. After working with children for many years, I also adopted an equally compelling passion for supporting parents, since the way to insure children are well-raised is to make sure their parents have encouragement, support, tools, information, and community.


I have expressed my call in service to these foundational beliefs in my personal life and in my work for many decades. Among other things I have taught in and run Montessori schools, run organizations dedicated to healing and prevention of child abuse, founded a thriving families ministry providing a variety of services to children and families, and offered informal supports for families as I have been able.

So I was as surprised as anyone when I felt a call to give up my work with families and children and to turn my attention to food preparation! I have even experienced grief and a fair amount of identity confusion as I have made the shift from Rev. Beth to Chef Beth.


Yet I can see the thread of my life’s purpose strong and clear in my new vocation when I remind myself to look for it. You see, I had the startling revelation late last year that regardless of how well families are supported and how gracefully children are raised, it will all be for naught if we do not have a habitable planet on which our children can live and thrive. Global warming, species extinction, depletion of natural resources including our beautiful rain forests, toxic pollution, and so many other environmental disasters have grown to the point where I believe that an enduring human existence on the planet is no longer a given without immediate, vigorous action.

There are additional human-caused threats that also have the potential to undermine any efforts we make with children and families. In the developed world, and especially in the United States, we are experiencing epidemics of disabling and deadly diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. When so many of our families and children are facing these life threatening conditions, it is harder to make a case to myself that the best place I can be putting my efforts is on supporting good parenting. Excellent parenting can certainly ease the trauma experienced by a child who has to take insulin daily, or who cannot play because she cannot breathe, or who is in and out of hospitals enduring the horror of chemo and radiation. Finding a way to use my energy to reduce the incidence of disease, however, seems more compelling given the current health environment.


As I have researched these epic human concerns and others, I have found that another passion of mine holds a key for significantly impacting change for the earth, for human health, and also for animal well-being, food justice, and economic sustainability. That passion is the creation of delectable, healthy vegan foods. I have been aware for many years that choosing to eat a vegan diet is the single most impactful choice any individual can make for reducing her contribution to environmental destruction. That’s because animal agriculture, in all of its forms, is the leading contributor (or at least a major contributor) to most of the environmental challenges we face, from global warming to drought, rainforest destruction to species loss, water pollution to air pollution, and so much more. As an example, making a choice to go vegan reduces a person’s contribution to global warming more than any transportation choice—more than buying a Prius, and even more than going without a car!

Increased plant consumption (or even better, embracing a totally plant-based diet), also has the potential to significantly decrease one’s statistical probability of experiencing many of the most common diseases afflicting humanity, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Additional benefits of a plant-based diet include lower medical costs, a greater expression of compassion for our non-human brothers and sisters, and a greater probability that all people can be fed from the finite land of our amazing earth. This last is because animal agriculture in all its forms, including so-called “humane” and “sustainable” agriculture, is not a sustainable or humane way to feed all of the hungry people on the planet. It isn’t sustainable now on a planetary scale, and it will become even more unsustainable as the human population grows.

As a species, were we to consume more plants and far fewer (or no) animals, we would be able turn around so many environmental challenges, reclaim our vitality, clear our hearts of the cruelty inherent in raising animals for food, reduce costs for health care, and insure that the whole world can be fed. I think it is extremely empowering to know that one choice can result in so much good! I want to support others in making the choice to go vegan or, at the very least, increase plant consumption and reduce consumption of animal foods.  This is my new mission. I so want our children to have a habitable planet and vibrant lives, and I believe it is possible.


Writing a book series is one of the strategies I am implementing in service to this mission. The series, Tastes Like Love, provides support, inspiration, and practical tools to help people adapt to changing conditions by eating more plants and fewer animal products. The first book, Sensational Salads to Cool the Earth, is almost ready for publication. I have created, tested, refined, and written 50 recipes. I have taken photos of these gorgeous and delicious whole foods, some of which are interspersed in the writing on this page. Most of the text is written, and I have decided upon an approach to publishing the book.

I need your help, though, to take this manuscript to the next stage and get it out in the world, both in paperback form and as an ebook. I have lined up professionals to help me with proofing, editing, and layout and while I am getting some of these services donated, I am also paying for some. There are also other costs, including fees associated with publishing the book such as fees for ISBN numbers and the cost to convert the file into the proper format for the ebook version. Altogether I need to raise about $2,400 to prepare and release the book. My intent is to market the book widely so that as many people as possible are able to get support and inspiration for doing their part to improve human health, environmental sustainability, and animal well-being. I will also be donating a portion of the sales of the book to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to help with their life-saving work.

I hope you will join me in answering this call to bring forth this work. It would be such an honor to receive your donation of any size to help with this endeavor! I am offering some tasty perks to demonstrate my gratitude for your support. Let’s publish Tastes Like Love! Let’s give support to plant-consumption and all of its associated good!

I already feel grateful for your support. If you are ever in my neighborhood, please stop by. I would love to feed you something that Tastes Like Love!
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