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Max La Manna

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– La Manna became interested in cooking as a teenager at his father’s restaurants in Connecticut.
– Pursued a modeling career in New York City and Los Angeles.
– Appeared on two episodes of “Days of Our Lives” at age 25.
– Became interested in veganism and a zero-waste lifestyle in 2017.
– Self-taught chef promoting an affordable low-waste approach to cooking.

– Cookbook “More Plants Less Waste” named Most Sustainable Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2020.
– Cookbook “You Can Cook This!” voted World’s Best Vegan Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2023.
– Recipes featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Vice, Vogue, and on the BBC.
– Favorite ingredient to cook with is broccoli.
– Listed as one of the 37 Creative Chefs Crafting the Future of Vegan Food by VegNews in 2023.

Change in Lifestyle:
– No longer identifies as zero-waste and believes zero-waste is impossible.
– Describes himself as low-waste, especially in the kitchen.
– Advocates for small changes over total zero-waste.
– Shifted focus to being low-waste in his lifestyle.
– Acknowledges the challenges of achieving zero-waste.

Personal Life:
– Plant-based in personal life.
– Resides with his wife in the United Kingdom.

Selected Publications:
– “More Plants Less Waste: Plant-based Recipes + Zero Waste Life Hacks with Purpose” (Yellow Kite, 2019) ISBN978-1529396201.
– “You Can Cook This!: Easy Vegan Recipes to Save Time, Money and Waste” (Ebury Press, 2023) ISBN978-1529148800.

External Links:
– Featured in various publications like,, and
– Profiled on and
– Known for advocating against food waste and promoting sustainable cooking practices.

Max La Manna (Wikipedia)

Max La Manna is an American plant-based chef and cookbook writer that advocates waste minimisation. He has been described as bridging the gap between vegan food and waste-free cooking.

Max La Manna
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