About Puneeta

Author, Speaker, Food Advocate

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma is a cookbook author, speaker, climate advocate and mom living in Toronto, Canada.

Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker

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  

Puneeta believes the heart of the home beats in the kitchen, and that food is more than just fuel. She believes that sustainability is far easier than we have been led to believe and that eating good food can be uncomplicated and accessible.

Puneeta appears regularly on TV as a food advocate and sustainability expert. She and her food have appeared on numerous prominent national and international media including CTV’s The Social, CHCH Morning Live, Global News, CBC Radio, BBC World News, CBC Life, and Martha Stewart.

Her blog, Maple and Marigold started in 2016 as a love letter. Maple represents Canada, and marigold refers to her roots in India. Through media appearances, workshops, cooking demos, and food writing, Puneeta has built a loyal platform that is moving people towards delicious, good-for-you, good-for-the-planet habits.

Puneeta never leaves home without her reusable coffee cup. She has one stashed away in her purse and the car. There’s even a foldable one in her laptop bag that her kids gave her for Mother’s Day last year.

Puneeta grew up in a home that was very matter-of-fact about health and wellness and it was part of a daily lifestyle. She learned yoga in school, it was part of the daily curriculum. Natural remedies were the first line of defense for every ailment. Upset tummy? Brew ajwain and saunf. Recurring colds? Take a course of haldi doodh.

Over the years through her research and her writing she has furthered her understanding of how many of these tontkas were based in ancient traditional wisdom handed down for generations in India.

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma<br/><small>Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker</small>
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma
Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker
More about Good Food, Healthy Planet
"We need to expand the definition of good food to include not only us but everyone else."
- Laura Brehaut, National Post, May, 2024

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