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MANNA FROM
H E AV E N

Changing the world with more plants, less waste and a
winning smile, Max La Manna's a man on a mission

More Plants, Less Waste
by Max La Manna
(£20, Yellow Kite),
is out now

M

ax La Manna is a likeable young scamp.
We say "young": he's 30, yet could
easily pass for 18. In fact, he still gets
ID'd when socialising in London.
But the chef, sustainability advocate,
environmentalist and author is "living proof"
we all need some more Mother Nature in our
lives. His new book, More Plants, Less Waste,
is destined for big things and comes with a tidal
wave of positive buzz and goodwill. No wonder
TV is beating a path to his door. Now he's
swapped New York for London, his US twang
will soon add some warmth to British TV.

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When it comes to plants helping you look and
feel great, Max is in playful mood. "I'm living
proof: look at me! I am not a doctor and can't give
health advice, but plants have no cholesterol.
People are dying from heart attacks and disease
from over-consuming meat-focused dishes. So,
eat more plants and create less waste.
"My book is plant-focused and if you still want
to eat meat, you can. But this will help you eat
more plants. You'll get more nutrients and feel
better while you do it."
This is more than a chef looking to hawk books.
This is someone on a crusade of positivity. Max's

passion for helping to heal the world is real, with
his Instagram feed (@maxlamanna) sharing
tips, stats and calls to arms for all of us to do
better. "I had no idea this would have such an
impact. I'm here to help, educate and inspire,
and I'm learning as I go along, too."
Max acknowledges he'll never be fully zero
waste. Yet, like life itself, it's about striving to do
your best. "It's a ripple effect and it all starts with
making that choice every day. I'm not perfect and
I'll never be completely zero waste. It's a faraway
planet, never to be touched. But to strive? That's
what I'm going to try to do. I'm always striving."



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