Practical, enjoyable living to bring people and planet together

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Practical, Enjoyable Solutions to Bring People and Planet Together

This is a photo of Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma, a Food Writer, Climate Advocate, and Mom of two in Toronto. She is photographed in a community garden, picking tomatoes from a vine and is holding a basket with fresh flowers and vegetables.
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma
Photo by Diana Muresan

Hello and welcome!

My name is Puneeta, and I'm a food writer, climate advocate, occasional Instagrammer and everyday food-waste warrior. I teach people how to build a sustainable, healthy and beautiful way of life by adopting kitchen habits and practices that actually work for their lives. It's about shrinking waste, using what we have, making it last, and doing it all with grace and resilience.

My debut cookbook to help people cook good-for-us, climate-conscious food is out now. Get your copy and cook from it.  

I believe food is more than just what happens around the table.

I believe through our choices, we have the opportunity to effect enormous positive change in the systems around us.

I believe life is better with flavour, flexibility and diversity.

Welcome to my world!

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My work is inspired by the scientific evidence around food and its connection with climate change and also recent food and mood research. Science is finally catching up with what traditional wisdom has always known; what's good for us is also good for the planet.

MapleandMarigold.com, my blog, started as a love letter to India and Canada. Maple represents Canada and my life here. Marigold, with its colour and significance in Indian culture, represents my roots in India. Today, I help people feel at home in the kitchen so they may cook for themselves and their loved ones with ease and confidence.

Thank you for visiting my digital home and inviting me into your real one.

With gratitude and optimism,

Puneeta
Good Food, Healthy Planet book

New cookbook to help people choose low-waste, good-for-us food.

Good Food, Healthy Planet

Your Kitchen Companion to Simple, Practical, Sustainable Cooking  

The reviews are in. Early press for Good Food, Healthy Planet.

Good Food, Healthy Planet book
What people are saying about Good Food, Healthy Planet
"I love your book, Puneeta! I love that you are encouraging me to think out of the (plastic) box and that you are willing to hold my hand (via your little shares at the top) while I do it.
One of my favourite cookbook authors is Dorie Greenspan because she has a story that she shares about a recipe. I feel like you have done the same and more so because you are helping us to be better stewards of this beautiful Earth. Sending lots of applause to you!"
– Stephanie K, Ontario

Recent TV Appearances

See more TV appearances and check out my upcoming events.

Cook Once, Eat Thrice on CTV's The Social
Cook Once, Eat Thrice
Puneeta on CHCH Morning Live
Break. Up. With. Plastic.
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma Sustainability Expert and Author on The Social
How Food Diversity Can Save The Planet
Melanie and Sid from Breakfast Television are joined by Food & Sustainability Expert, Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma, to discuss affordable and sustainable kitchen habits.
3 Affordable and Practical Ways to Reduce Food Waste
Annette-Hamm-and-Puneeta

"I first met Puneeta on our Morning Live set in 2019, and she's taught me so much since then!

From her, I've learned to use every last bit of produce in my fridge, and how to make those fruits and veggies last longer. I save money with her advice to 'shop my pantry' and 'shop my fridge' (especially helpful during pandemic lockdowns).

Puneeta, my lovely friend, you have no idea how many times I think of you — and what you'd do — in my kitchen."

– Annette Hamm, Morning Live, CHCH
Photo by Diana Muresan

The Sunday
Cooking Club

Details coming soon.

The Sunday Cooking Club will be taking a break.

People who cook with me say...

I absolutely love this hour of cooking. The professional approach and presentation of the teaching is superb. Engaging, fun & excellent for anyone. Every step, ingredient, spice, how to reduce waste, how to use items from your pantry etc. is all explained in great detail.

At the end of the session you leave with not only your master dish, but with more knowledge about making sustainable changes and better food choices. I highly recommend this club.

Geeta G.
Millennial Lifestyle

I am really enjoying the Sunday Cooking Club with Puneeta at Maple and Marigold. She makes it so easy to follow along and make these fantastic foods with minimal effort.

Bonus.. these foods are also mood enhancers. The whole class is a mood enhancer. I was afraid of cooking with sweet potatoes and voila.. the cook along helped me get over my irrational fears and I created something delicious.

Priyanka S.

The Sunday Cooking Club with Puneeta was such a joy to attend. It felt amazing to prep some healthy and delicious food for the week and to use flavours and ingredients that are out of my usual rotation.

Puneeta is a wealth of information and an absolute joy. I love her approach to making cooking easy but still yummy!

Sara S.

I just adored your Sunday cooking class. You have a real talent for keeping things interesting in the kitchen! The daal came out delicious and I am so pleased with my leftovers for dinner this evening.

I felt energized by the grounding exercise at the start of the class and extremely proud of myself for the meal I created with what I had in my kitchen!

Jennifer S.

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