Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet--All on $5 a Day or Less

Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet--All on $5 a Day or Less

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by Linda Watson
     
 

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Buy Green. Eat Green. Save Green.

If you've wanted to eat like it matters but felt you couldn't afford it, Wildly Affordable Organic is for you. It's easy to think that "organic" is a code word for "expensive," but it doesn't have to be. With these ingenious cooking plans and healthy, satisfying recipes, Linda Watson reveals the incredible

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Buy Green. Eat Green. Save Green.

If you've wanted to eat like it matters but felt you couldn't afford it, Wildly Affordable Organic is for you. It's easy to think that "organic" is a code word for "expensive," but it doesn't have to be. With these ingenious cooking plans and healthy, satisfying recipes, Linda Watson reveals the incredible secret of how you can eat well every day--from blueberry pancakes for breakfast to peach pie for dessert--averaging less than two dollars a meal.

Get ready for wild savings! You'll discover how to:
Ease your family into a greener lifestyle with the 20-minute starter plan
Go organic on just $5 a day--or go thrifty and spend even less
Take advantage of your freezer and freeze your costs
Find the best deals at your local farmers' market or grocery store
Cook easy, scrumptious, seasonal dishes from scratch

Packed with tips for streamlining meals, from shopping and cooking to washing dishes, this book shows how sustainable living is within everyone's reach. Slow global warming with delicious dinners? Lose weight, save money, and save the polar bears at the same time? When you live the Wildly Affordable Organic way, it is possible! Join the movement to change the way you eat--and keep the change.

Editorial Reviews

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Library Journal, 4/22/11
“Watson demonstrates realistic ways to cook inexpensively yet healthfully without living in the kitchen. Well written and full of useful ideas and tips…Verdict: With the twin concerns of health and food costs very much on consumers' minds lately, this is likely to be popular.”

Kirkus Reviews, 5/15/11
“A unique addition to the genre, this sustainable take on everyday meal planning is both practical and contemporary.”
 
Portland Oregonian, 6/7/11
“Most of the recipes are simple and time-saving, offering lots of options for on-the-go people.”
 
Technorati.com, 6/27/11
“[A] strong introduction to organic cooking, offering recipes that will appeal to vegetarians, vegans, and people who just happen to love fruits and veggies. The money-saving and health benefits are added value.”
 
Tucson Citizen, 7/1/11
“Part cookbook and part shopping guide, Watson gives readers the tools they need to eat well and reduce their impact on the environment without spending top dollar.”

InfoDad.com, 7/7/11
“Most useful for its shopping information and its well-constructed once-a-month, seasonal shopping lists; these are what elevate it above standard advocacy books and above other cookbooks containing recipes similar to the ones here.”

Girlfriendbooks.com, 7/20/11
“Remarkable.”

USA Weekend, 7/17/11 “Secret weapon.”

Grandparents.com, 8/2/11
"Try [these recipes], and you’ll see that organics can be an attainable and delicious option for your family.”

San Francisco Book Review, August 2011
“Watson's recipes are simple, her methods make sense, and readers are left wanting to put her ideas into action.”

Curled Up with a Good Book
“Armed with this book and Watson’s tips, strategies, and clear-eyed investigation, anyone with a sincere desire to eat well on a tight budget can easily and quickly transition to just such a healthy lifestyle…Wildly Affordable Organic is something of an epiphany, what with the detailed budget and expenses included and the vast array of possibilities. This one should be required reading in high school Life Skills classes and for every household.”

Midwest Book Review, August 2011
“This book tells how to eat healthy on three dollars a day and packs in tips for healthy organic food preparation on a budget, from menus and recipes to shopping and food options. Health and culinary collections as well as general and homeowner libraries will relish this approach.”

Prevention, October 2011
“The barriers to cooking organic—hefty price tags, hours over a hot stove—vanish, thanks to these quick, delicious meals you can make for less than $5 a day.”

WastedFood.com, 9/8/11WAO carves out a neat niche in the crowded cookbook world. That’s partly because it is a smorgasbord: Part manifesto, part food-purchasing guide, part cookbook, part dispenser of kitchen savvy. I’m guessing anyone can find one, if not more, useful feature to the book.”

Energy Times, 10/4/11
“Supplies nearly 100 recipes that will let you eat well organically without breaking the bank.”
 
Internet Review of Books, 10/13/11
“Useful for somebody new to frugal cooking and healthy eating."

Kirkus Reviews

Organic chef Watson extols the virtues of living healthfully by combining natural ingredients and thrifty meal planning.

"Eating green doesn't have to mean eating up all your money," writes the author. Watson and husband Bruce (both "flexitarians" who eat meat socially) took part in a fascinating experiment during which spending $1 per meal for an entire summer forced them to radically rework weekly menus, intricately budget food purchases and cook from scratch. The first half of the book shares the fruits of that trial period: a "scrimp or splurge" chart listing money-saving alternatives for common kitchen staples, indispensable tips on shopping smarter (watch for sales to get national brands at store-brand prices, scan the Hispanic aisle for equivalents), and the benefits of fresh-freezing, farmers' markets buying in bulk and composting. Some suggestions are a stretch, like using food scales and buying smaller plates to reduce overeating. Watson's 7-day, 20-minute cooking plans fall right in step with her smart planning, cooking and shopping strategies. The author organizes menus organized by season: Southern Summer Pesto on high-protein pasta and green beans with Blueberry Pie yields to Harvest Lasagna and Baked Pears with Cinnamon Yogurt Sauce in autumn. The second half of the book, which is disappointingly devoid of photographs, features breakfast offerings like low-salt Better Blueberry Pancakes, Magic Quiche with Asparagus and homemade "Whisk" breads and tortillas. Dinner recipes are curiously sparse, but those seeking a more healthful approach to cooking will appreciate Watson's family, community and planet-friendly organic lifestyle.

A unique addition to the genre, this sustainable take on everyday meal planning is both practical and contemporary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738214689
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
505,017
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Linda Watson, the founder of CookforGood.com, created her wildly affordable cooking plans after being inspired by a national challenge to eat on a food-stamp budget. She credits her background in project management helping her to not just survive but thrive on just a dollar a meal per person. Her 2013 SNAPcut Challenge used WAO recipes to cook organic and local even on the newly reduced food-stamp budget. Linda has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. She's had a wildly varied career so far, including developing a top-secret expert system, working with Tom Clancy and Douglas Adams on computer games, and riding the dot-com wave with eGarden.com. Today she teaches cooking through classes, books, and videos. Watson lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband.

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mamaclausen More than 1 year ago
I always wanted to eat healthy, but thought that some things were not possible because of cost. Then there was my husband who was pretty demanding about every meal being almost restaurant worthy (variety included). I would try to plan, but things always got in the way, like busy schedules, tiredness, and boredom of repeating certain recipes. This book takes all the planning off my shoulders. I just follow the menus it as listed each week, and that's what we eat, no guessing, no wondering. And ALL recipes are from scratch! I make my own bread, yogurt, pizza, chocolate pudding (to die for!) and I know that I'm putting healthy things in my body and being kind to the environment. This is the cook book that combines all the things we look for: healthy organic meals, convenience, with a pretty slim budget in mind. I wrote to Linda on her website saying that I was so excited about having an empty fridge. I know that sounds weird, but it's so satisfying knowing that I've planned my meals and we are eating all the food and not wasting anything!
DianeNC More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st cookbooks I actually read through. It has great tips for purchasing as well as making the food. Love it. Will give it as a gift. I especiially like making my own bread without a bread maker.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for the variety of vegan friendly recipes, the menu plans by season, and for the authors helpful tips throughout the book. It's a great cookbook and resource guide.
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