Are You Wasting $1,500 of Food Each Year? This Book Can Help (Giveaway!)

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Would you ever buy four bags full of groceries, then purposely leave one behind at the checkout line? We sure wouldn’t!

But that’s what most Americans are doing every day, says Dana Gunders, author and scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. According to her research, we throw away a shocking 40% of our food.

Wasted food is wasted money, wasted energy and wasted water,” says Gunders. “Armed with simple tips and tools, families can make a major dent in what’s currently getting tossed out with the trash — and put a little cash back in their wallets at the same time.”

To help combat our rampant food waste issue, Gunders wrote the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook, which was released by Chronicle Books today.

In her book, she shares checklists, recipes and strategies that teach you everything from shopping smarter to decoding expiration dates and using your fridge to its full potential. With this knowledge, Gunders hopes you’ll reduce your food waste and save money.

Win a Copy of the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook

Since we think this book has the potential to help a lot of people, we asked Chronicle Books if they’d give away a few copies to our readers. They generously obliged, and we now have three handbooks up for grabs!

Want to win a free copy of the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook? Enter using the widget below, and we’ll randomly pick three winners at 12 p.m. EST on Friday, October 3. 

This giveaway is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congrats to our lucky winners Nicole, Jared and Anna! 

Good luck, Penny Hoarders!

Your Turn: What’s your favorite way to reduce food waste in your kitchen?

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