Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

by Leanne Brown


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By showing that kitchen skill, and not budget, is the key to great food, Good and Cheap will help you eat well—really well—on the strictest of budgets.

Created for people who have to watch every dollar—but particularly those living on the U.S. food stamp allotment of $4.00 a day—Good and Cheap is a cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes backed by ideas that will make everyone who uses it a better cook. From Spicy Pulled Pork to Barley Risotto with Peas, and from Chorizo and White Bean Ragù to Vegetable Jambalaya, the more than 100 recipes maximize every ingredient and teach economical cooking methods. There are recipes for breakfasts, soups and salads, lunches, snacks, big batch meals—and even desserts, like crispy, gooey Caramelized Bananas. Plus there are tips on shopping smartly and the minimal equipment needed to cook successfully.

And when you buy one, we give one!  With every copy of Good and Cheap purchased, the publisher will donate a free copy to a person or family in need. Donated books will be distributed through food charities, nonprofits, and other organizations. You can feel proud that your purchase of this book supports the people who need it most, giving them the tools to make healthy and delicious food.

An IACP Cookbook Awards Winner.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761184997
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 89,199
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Breakfast 1

Tomato Scrambled Eggs 2

Omelet 3

Egg Sandwiches with Mushroom Hash 5

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars 6

Oatmeal 9

Breakfast Quinoa 11

Banana Pancakes 12

Whole-Wheat Jalapeño Cheddar Scones 15

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins 16

Broiled Grapefruit 18

Soup and Salad 19

Dal 21

Corn Soup 22

French Onion Soup 25

Lightly Curried Butternut Squash Soup 26

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese 28

Sweet or Savory Pineapple Salad 30

Kale Caesar Salad 31

Broiled Eggplant Salad 32

Beet and Chickpea Salad 33

Ever-Popular Potato Salad 34

Spicy Panzanella 37

Cold (and Spicy?) Asian Noodles 38

Taco Salad 39

Charred Summer Salad 40

Wilted Cabbage Salad 43

Broccoli Apple Salad 44

Snacks, Sides, and Small Bites 45

Brussels Sprout Hash and Eggs 46

Mexican Street Corn 47

My Dad's Baked Beans 48

Smoky and Spicy Roasted Cauliflower 51

Crispy Chickpeas and Pumpkin Seeds 52

Spicy Green Beans 53

Popcorn 54

Mashed Beets 57

Mashed Cauliflower 58

Winter Squash Puree 59

Mashed Celery Root 60

Bubble and Squeak 63

Jacket Sweet Potatoes 64

Roasted Potatoes with Chiles 65

Poutine 66

Things on Toast 68

Cornmeal-Crusted Veggies 72

Green Chile and Cheddar Quesadillas 74

Dinner 75

Filipino Chicken Adobo 77

Roast Chicken 78

Peanut Chicken and Broccoli with Coconut Rice 81

Beef Stroganoff 82

Spicy Broiled Tilapia with Lime 85

Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine 86

Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato 89

Tomato and Tuna Spaghetti 90

Cauliflower Cheese 93

Savory Summer Cobbler 94

Barley Risotto with Peas 96

Vegetable Jambalaya 99

Spicy, Crunchy, Creamy Polenta 100

Tofu Hot Pot 102

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls 104

Roasted Vegetables 106

Chana Masala 109

Black-Eyed Peas and Collards 111

Vegetable Quiche, Hold the Crust 112

Broccoli, Egg, and Cheddar Empanadas 115

Potato and Kale Rolls with Raita 116

Stuff on Hot Dogs 119

Potato Leek Pizzas 120

Broccoli Rabe and Mozzarella Calzones 123

Half-Veggie Burgers 124

Big Batch 126

Best Tomato Sauce 127

Chorizo and White Bean Ragù 128

Dark and Spicy Chili 131

Spicy Pulled Pork 132

Hummus 135

Deviled Eggs 136

Pierogi 138

Dumplings 140

Pantry 142

Peanut Sauce 143

Salsa 145

Tzatziki 146

Raita 147

Flavor 149

Spice Oil 151

Roti 152

Flour Tortillas 155

Pizza Dough 156

Croutons or Breadcrumbs 158

Fresh Pasta 160

Ricotta 163

Rainbow Rice 164

How to Cook Dried Beans 165

Pickle Primer 166

Drinks and Desserts 168

Agua Fresca 169

Smoothies 170

Avocado Milkshake 172

Fast Melon Sorbet 173

Rice Pudding 175

Coconut and Lime Brown Rice Pudding 176

Caramelized Bananas 177

Coconut Chocolate Cookies 179

Peach Coffee Cake 180

Conversion Tables 182

Index 184

About The Author 190

Acknowledgments 190

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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simple recipes, good variety, perfect gift for my graduating son who will be living on his own (neither my home nor a dorm with cafeteria) for the first time in his life! There is also advice for initially stocking then building up a pantry. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who knew you could eat so creatively on $4 a day? As a new Dave Ramsey fan, this book caught my eye and the recipes didn't disappoint. Although the recipes lean heavily on pasta and other carbs in many cases, the diverse collection of flavors did appeal to me enough to buy the book and use it as a reference to eat nutritious yet cost-conscious meals. For anyone on a tight budget, this is a great cookbook, and also for anyone wanting to stretch their grocery dollars.
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,