Eating 'ugly': Batali's mini Earth Day cookbook can be yours in seconds

Embrace ugly veggies and fruit this Earth Day with a free recipe collection from Mario Batali.

click to enlarge Help decrease food waste by cooking with ugly eats in honor of Earth Day. -
Help decrease food waste by cooking with ugly eats in honor of Earth Day.

Ugly food. It's at the center of a free recipe collection that Mario Batali and his crew have made downloadable for the internet on this Earth Day.

In celebration of the worldwide holiday, Ugly Food: A Recipe Collection for Earth Day puts the eating "ugly" trend (which started gaining attention in 2015 or so) to use in five recipes. Each food formula — created by four chefs and one mixologist from the celebrity chef and restaurateur's B&B Hospitatliy Group — calls for typically discarded fruit and veggies like wonky carrots, bruised summer squash and subprime rapini.

"Each year, some 6 billion pounds of US fruits and vegetables go unharvested or unsold," writes B&B Hospitality Director of Environmental Health Elizabeth Meltz in the online cookbook's forward. "To a large extent, this happens because of aesthetic reasons unrelated to the flavor or potential nutritional benefits of the produce."

Batali's Ugly Food is available in PDF form through Privy. Folks simply enter their email address, and a free copy of the collection is delivered to their inbox.

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