Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

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by Leanne Brown

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A perfect and irresistible idea: A cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes created for everyone on a tight budget—and a cookbook with a strong charitable component: With every copy of Good and Cheap purchased, a second copy will be given to a person or family in need.

While studying food policy as a master’s candidate


A perfect and irresistible idea: A cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes created for everyone on a tight budget—and a cookbook with a strong charitable component: With every copy of Good and Cheap purchased, a second copy will be given to a person or family in need.

While studying food policy as a master’s candidate at NYU, Leanne Brown asked a simple yet critical question: How well can a person eat on the $4 a day given by SNAP, the U.S. government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program informally known as food stamps? The answer is surprisingly well: Broiled Tilapia with Lime, Spicy Pulled Pork, Green Chile and Cheddar Quesadillas, Vegetable Jambalaya, Beet and Chickpea Salad—even desserts like Coconut Chocolate Cookies and Peach Coffee Cake. In addition to creating nutritious recipes that maximize every ingredient and use economical cooking methods, Ms. Brown gives tips on shopping; on creating pantry basics; on mastering certain staples—pizza dough, flour tortillas—and saucy extras that make everything taste better, like spice oil and tzatziki; and how to make fundamentally smart, healthful food choices.

The idea for Good and Cheap is already proving itself. The author launched a Kickstarter campaign to self-publish and fund the buy one/give one model. Hundreds of thousands of viewers watched her video and donated $145,000, and national media are paying attention. Even high-profile chefs and food writers have taken note—like Mark Bittman, who retweeted the link to the campaign; Francis Lam, who called it “Terrific!”; and Michael Pollan, who cited it as a “cool kickstarter.” In the same way that TOMS turned inexpensive, stylish shoes into a larger do-good movement, Good and Cheap is poised to become a cookbook that every food lover with a conscience will embrace.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[A] beautiful book full of recipes that fit a food stamp budget.”

“This cookbook isn’t just full of delicious recipes; it will bring good, cheap meals to those who need them  the most.”
Food and Wine

“Could change the way you shop, cook, and eat [by] busting up the myth that eating healthfully entails spending a ton of money.”

“Unfussy recipes [that] go way beyond predictable.”

“…we’re loving Leanne Brown’s cookbook Good and Cheap. Her easy meal ideas fit a food-stamp budget (about $4 a day per person) but spare nothing in flavor.”
—Dr. Oz Magazine

“Squad goals: Have everyone over for dinner and enjoy an insanely impressive meal together without spending a lot of time or money. We hit up Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap: Eat Wellon $4 a Day for a make-ahead, fun party feast that will blow them—but not your budget—away.”
Library Journal
Brown's guide to eating on a limited budget, which evolved from a free PDF that went viral, seeks to help people living on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps) to plan satisfying meals. After providing economical shopping tips (e.g., buy in bulk, don't buy drinks), she shares recipes for everyday meals, snacks, pantry staples, drinks, and desserts. Brown estimates the cost per serving for all dishes, including potato leek pizzas, dark and spicy chili, and peanut chicken and broccoli with coconut rice. Readers will need to stock their pantries to achieve maximum savings, as it isn't possible to purchase some ingredients in the budgeted quantities. VERDICT Realistic photos and price approximations set Brown's straightforward and practical cookbook apart from similar titles such as Beth Moncel's Budget Bytes and Jessica Fisher's Good Cheap Eats. Many recipes are given in small serving sizes, so larger households will need to scale up.

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Meet the Author

Leanne Brown wrote Good and Cheap as the capstone for her master’s in food studies from New York University. She and her husband live in New York City.

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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has changed my life. Not so much the recepes, but the staples and shopping ideas. The recepes are awesome and have given me great ideas to keep making. The sauces, oils, and spice ideas has made it so we are eating out less and having great food at home. My wife whom doesn't cook much has looked through and obtained ideas for things she would like to make.
Penmouse More than 1 year ago
Good and Cheap by Leanne Brown is a cookbook contains recipes that should help people participating in the USDA SNAP food program. The recipes focus on spending $4 per day per person based on the $4 per day per person USDA allotment. The author’s cookbook is filled with grocery shopping tips, kitchen set-up and recipes. Some of the key points the author covers include: *Buy in bulk *Create a pantry *Shop weekly *Shop seasonally She also gives tips on what kitchen equipment to purchase to help make cooking easier. Some of the recipes you’ll find in her cookbook include: *Basic oatmeal with variations *Omelette (that’s spelled correctly) *Broccoli Rabe and Mozzarella Calzones *Peanut Chicken and Broccoli with Coconut Rice *Tofu Hot Pot *Roasted Vegetables *Salsa You will find a cost analysis for each recipe and plenty of color photos illustrating the cookbook. Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Great Book for when you are on a budget or just starting out. I got this book through Net Galley in exchange for a review, but I would have bought this book regardless, because just the other day I was wondering how well you can eat when everything just keeps getting more and more expensive. Leanne Brown created a wonderful book with simple instructions on how to eat consciously, not just for people who are on SNAP but for anybody who is on a budget. The book is filled with wonderful pictures, lots of recipes that are simple to prepare, great ideas for setting up a Pantry and plenty of tips for shopping well and ideas for spices and aromatics. This would be a great gift not just for students or somebody who does not have a lot of experience in the kitchen, even more experienced cooks can easily pick up a tip or two as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who knew that for about $4 per day that you can enjoy everything from Peanut Chicken and Broccoli with Coconut Rice to Broiled Tilapia with Lime and even, Spicy Pulled Pork. This cookbook has a lot of fantastic information about not just how to prepare food, but when and how to buy it to maximize your budget. Whether you're receiving SNAP benefits or just living on a tight budget as a single-income family there are recipes and information here that will help you eat well and even quite healthfully. This book is highly recommended. I'd also recommend another great book called Conquer Your Kitchen, a cookbook reference guide that will show you over 100 money saving kitchen hacks to save you valuable time and money. Including the difference between baking soda and baking powder, reveals how long raw eggs will last in your refrigerator, finally explains what is "resting time" is, and even reveals the proper temperature to cook chicken. More importantly, it will explain why you should never thaw raw meat out on your counter top or even submerged in warm or hot water. I learned the hard way and after two days in the hospital, I will never do it again. Buy it or borrow, but read Conquer Your Kitchen from Chef Jai Scovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just recipies, no plans or shopping tips,