The library has access to thousands of online journals and magazines.

The answer to your questions! Learn how to make the most of the resources in front of you.

Local History

Discover the beautiful towns of Westerly, RI and Stonington, CT.

Westerly Sun Column

Books to Help You Cut Back on Food Waste

The UN Environment Program released a report last year revealing that food waste contributes to 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emission. I decided to read a little bit more about it and was shocked by what I was finding. Each year, 108 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States. That equates to 130 billion meals and more than $408 billion in food thrown away each year. Nearly 30 to 40% of all food in America is wasted.

“Waste-free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food” is by Dana Gunders, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) who led NRDC's work on reducing the amount of food wasted across the country. The author gives tips about how to shop smarter by portioning accurately as well as how to properly use your refrigerator. She provides very simple ways that we can all create less waste.

Another book to check out is “No-Waste Save-the-planet Vegan Cookbook: 100 Plant-based Recipes and 100 Kitchen-tested Tips For Waste-free Meatless Cooking” by Celine Steen. I know, you are stunned that I am touting a vegan cookbook! You will find more than 100 delectable recipes, including soups, sides, and salads as well as main courses and even delicious desserts that leave no unusable waste behind.

“Cooking With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems Into Delicious Meals” by Lindsay-Jean Hard contains 80 creative, delicious recipes for anyone who wants to cook smart, sustainable, and impressive meals out of unused bits of produce, cheese rinds, stale bread, and other oft-discarded foods. “Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste” is a documentary that can be ordered from another library that includes interviews with Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, and others. These chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people would consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

As well as helping the environment reducing food waste can also help with your pocketbook. If you are interested in learning more, come visit us at the library!


By Caroline Badowski, Head of Reference