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Dining in the Garden of Eden is an international vegetarian cookbook, with recipes offered in the spirit of Eden to bring peace and joy to you, your family and friends, and a delicious way to repair the world.

Dining in the Garden of Eden has its roots in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as does the author. Susan Kling Finston began cooking in earnest as a graduate student at the University of Michigan, where her fondest memories are of dinners and Sunday brunches spent with in the kitchen and around the table with friends. The kitchen became both a haven after disappointments and the best place to celebrate the successes of daily life. Some of the recipes in Dining in the Garden of Eden are updated versions of classic American foods that Susan has been cooking for over thirty years. While serving as a Foreign Service Officer for the Department of State in Washington DC and at Embassies overseas, she adapted recipes from different cultures and cuisines including the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Why is it called Dining in the Garden of Eden? According to tradition, at the time of Creation Adam and Eve were brought into life in a paradise known as the Garden of Eden. They were stewards of nature, caretakers of all the animals in this paradise. They ate from the fruits of plants and trees as vegetarians, and there was no fear in the world. It wasn't until later after the expulsion from Eden, that they began to eat meat, and animals began to live in fear of human domination. There is a corresponding theory that by returning to vegetarianism, even just part of the time, we may help to repair the world and to bring harmony to our environment.

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