Good and Cheap

Good and Cheap

Eat Well on $4/day

Book - 2015
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This past April, Leanne Brown posted a recipe collection online--the capstone project of her master's thesis in food studies at NYU--called 'Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day.' The idea was simple: Armed with a little knowledge and some inventive recipes, Americans receiving food stamps could use the allotted $4 per day to live a healthy and delicious diet. The recipe collection was so popular that, in June, Leanne founded a Kickstarter campaign to self-publish copies of the book. Hundreds of thousands of people responded to her mission, and donations topped out at nearly $145,000. What Leanne had offered up was this: Buy a cookbook for yourself for $25, and she would donate another copy to someone who needs it.

Good and Cheap will expand upon the Kickstarter version of the book while maintaining the "Buy One, Give One" model. This edition includes 120 recipes, including Whole-Wheat Jalapeño Cheddar Scones, Creamy Zucchini Fettucine, Black-Eyed Peas and many more old and new recipes. Brown also shares information on how to plan and shop, how to stock your kitchen with basic tools, and spends a chapter on family cooking and big-batch meals. Each recipe gives approximate pricing per serving (in US$) and estimated total cost. And substitutions based on availability, taste, and price are encouraged throughout.

Although the book is aimed as a guide to empower the 47 million Americans who try to get by on a budget of food stamps--plus the millions more who are being forced to get by on less-- Good and Cheap is essential for Australians who desire a healthy lifestyle on a low budget. The book will not only change the life of those who buy it, but also those who will receive it thanks to the "Buy One, Give One" promise.
Publisher: New York :, Workman Publishing,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780761184997
Branch Call Number: 641.552 BRO
Characteristics: xviii, 190 pages : colour illustrations ; 21 cm


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Dec 13, 2018

Excellent budget cook book.

SPPL_Violet Mar 17, 2018

Penny pinchers rejoice! Here's a great cookbook for us. Yummy recipes and great money-saving advice. Perfect for students learning to cook and save money.

Jan 20, 2018

One of the most sensible, thoughtful cookbooks I've ever read. I like the flexibility, the ethnic choices, the explanations, the general attitude, and the appealing tastes. I like the easy language for people who may not read a lot. Costs of recipes will be outdated soon, but the practicality won't.

Dec 26, 2017

Remember to keep the shopping list in mind. The book leads to more books of relevance.

librarylil Aug 31, 2016

Found much value in this cookbook will take it out again

Aug 24, 2016

Several good selections, but the choices are too meaty.

Feb 25, 2016

The quantity of the recipes were larger than I thought they would be. I tried a couple that I could decrease and they were good. I wish the author showed the recipe for large and small groups.

Dec 09, 2015

Not sure the cost is exactly spot-on in this book as the author tries to cook meals for less than $4/day, BUT the recipes are interesting, particularly for someone new to cooking.

mvkramer Dec 01, 2015

Great cookbook - fast, inexpensive recipes that taste great!


Seven recipes tagged! Great book for adults and teens. Ingredients are everyday items, so not expensive. Was a IACP Cookbook Award Winner! Author recommends free range/organic eggs, which I totally agree with.

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