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The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook: Classic Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond


Ralph Nader and his family share recipes inspired by his parents’ commitment to the healthy diet of their homeland of Lebanon.

Forthcoming: 4/7/20

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Best-known for his social critiques and his efforts to increase government and corporate accountability, what some might not know about Ralph Nader is his lifelong commitment to healthy eating. In The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook, Nader shares recipes of his upbringing, along with anecdotes. Born in Connecticut to Lebanese parents, Nader’s appreciation of food began at an early age, when his parents owned an eatery, bakery, and delicatessen called the Highland Arms Restaurant. Long before hummus was available in most supermarkets across the US, Nader was well versed in a mainly Mediterranean diet that included plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. The family eschewed processed foods and ate only a moderate amount of lean red meat.

Nowadays, the Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest on the planet, but in the 1930s and ’40s of Nader’s youth it was considered by many Americans as simply strange. Luckily for Nader and his siblings, this didn’t prevent their mother, Rose, from serving the family homemade, healthy meals—dishes from her homeland of Lebanon. Rose didn’t simply encourage her children to eat well, she took time to discuss and explain her approach to food; she used the family meals to connect all of her children to the traditions of their ancestors.

Inspired by Rose’s recipes, The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook presents Lebanese dishes that will be both known to many, including hummus and baba ghanoush, as well as others that may be lesser known, such as kibbe—the extremely versatile national dish of Lebanon—and sheikh al-mahshi—the king of stuffed foods. Including an introduction by Nader and comments throughout, The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook will entice one’s taste buds, while sharing a side of Ralph Nader that may not be commonly known, though will not surprise anyone familiar with his decades of activism and involvement in consumer protection advocacy.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Published: 4/7/20
  • IBSN: 9781617757945
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758287


RALPH NADER first made headlines as a young lawyer in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and the passage of a series of automobile safety laws in 1966. Nader also went on to found a wide variety of organizations, all aimed at advancing corporate and government accountability. An author, lecturer, attorney, and political activist, Nader’s lifelong work and advocacy have led to safer cars, healthier food, safer drugs, cleaner air and drinking water, and safer work environments. In 2006 he was cited by the Atlantic as one of the one hundred most influential figures in American history; Time magazine has called him the “US’s toughest customer”; and in 1974, a survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report rated him as the fourth most influential person in the United States. Nader continues to work relentlessly to advance meaningful civic institutions and citizen participation as an antidote to corporate and government unaccountability. Nader’s latest work is The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook: Classic Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond.

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