Food and Climate Change – Without the Hot Air


Like the other HOT AIR authors, Bridle’s clear, nonthreatening, technical language, brilliant data visualizations, and examples grounded in our daily experience make this a powerful read.

Cory Doctorow

This fascinating and important book deserves world-wide success. Sarah Bridle presents, engagingly and clearly, a vast amount of information that’s important not just for policymakers but for all of us who want to make a difference in our everyday lives.

 Prof Martin Rees, former Astronomer Royal, Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge

It was reading Sarah Bridle’s book Food and Climate Change Without the Hot Air that helped me understand a very important way that I really could contribute. Bridle’s book changed how I eat. I am an aspiring vegan, which means I still can’t resist cheese. But perhaps I don’t need to be perfect. It just takes millions doing their bit imperfectly. More people reading this book might help.

Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi professor for the public understanding of science at the University of Oxford

No kitchen should be without this engaging, carefully researched and practical guide to the carbon in our food

Prof Mike Berners-Lee, Author of ‘How Bad are Bananas’ and ‘There is no planet B’

This is a wonderful, fact-filled but readable book, full of clear explanations of the emissions associated with everything we eat, identifying what is important and what is negligible. I shall never look at spaghetti bolognese in the same way again.

Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter, Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, University of Cambridge

It’s all about quality ingredients beautifully prepared. And here you’ll be nourished by tasty hard facts and zesty stats, mellowed in a sauce of wit and clarity. A climate friendly kitchen essential.

Prof Tim Benton – Director, Environment and Society Centre, Chatham House

Did you know a latte is ten times worse for the climate than a cup of black coffee? Or that each calorie of beef requires 20 calories of feed? ‘Food and Climate Change Without the Hot Air’ provides a levelheaded, clear, and detailed picture of food emissions – a basic literacy we should all have in a time of accelerating climate consequence.

Peter Kalmus, NASA climate scientist

Superb work. In ‘Food and Climate Change’ Sarah Bridle takes us on an eye-opening journey through the climate costs of our food and drink. From our buttered breakfast toast to teatime tikka masala this book lays bare the carbon footprints of the food choices we make every day. Succinct and well-researched, this book is a great resource for anyone who wants to know how to help tackle climate change with every meal.

Prof Dave Reay, Co-Chair, Just Transition Commission

Sarah Bridle leads the reader through the climate impacts of our food, meal by meal. She uses the most up-to-date science and brings it to life in a personal, engaging and non-judgemental way.

Prof Pete Smith, Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise

Sarah Bridle provides information about the carbon footprint of foods many of us eat in an attractive, readable, well-researched and nicely-structured volume. I will be dipping into it regularly.

Prof Joanna Haigh, Former co-director of the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London

This is a terrific book. It unpicks the connections between the food we eat and climate change in an engaging and straightforward manner with numerous notes to help you delve deeper. You will be amazed. Your preconceptions are often wrong.

Prof Sir Martyn Poliakoff – Research Professor in Chemistry, University of Nottingham

Engaging and constructive — this book puts climate facts on food choices into perspective and helps readers make climate-positive changes in the way they eat.

Baroness Jennifer Jones of Moulsecoomb – Green Party Life peer

This book provides the information for students to make an educated decision about how to help turn around the climate crisis through food, free of political and personal baggage.

Jennie Hargreaves aka Mrs Physics – Physics Teacher of the year Award (2016)

If you want to do the right thing for the planet but don’t know how, this is the book for you. It is evidence based but never preachy. More importantly it gives you hope and agency- changes to your diet will have a real and meaningful impact on the climate, and this book guides you which ones to choose.

Prof Mark Miodownik – Professor of Materials & Society at University College London

It would be extremely useful if my noble friend [the Minister], and particularly his officials, could read that book [Food and Climate Change – Without the Hot Air] before Report, because I hope it will influence their thinking.

Earl of Caithness in the House of Lords debate on the Agriculture Bill, July 2020