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Helpful guide for challenging times,
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This review is from: Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet--All on $5 a Day or Less (Paperback)
I followed - with fascination - the hoopla in the news a few years back about congressmen attempting to survive on a food stamp budget. I am constantly trying to pare my food budget - one of the few items in my budget that can "budge" at all. Therefore, I was already pretty sure "Wildly Affordable Organic" would be right up my alley. What intrigued me was the idea that you could eat organic, which I don't buy due to the cost, and stay on such a slim budget.
I've enjoyed reading Linda Watson's book, which is obviously well-researched and thought-out. She practices what she preaches. Truthfully, I think the menus are a little monotonous for my family, if that was all we ate. I have a wealth of recipes using the same ingredients as are in the book, such as falafel, or migas, to add variety. However, I got some great new ideas for things that it always bothered me to waste, such as bean broth and those woody ends of asparagus. I also look forward to trying parsley pesto, saving another item that too often goes to waste in spite of my best intentions!
I highly recommend this book for a young person setting up shop for the first time, a spendthrift who wants to learn how to survive on a drastically slashed budget, and anyone who, like me, enjoys reading cookbooks that have more than recipes in them. This is more of a lifestyle -- and even if you are not going to jump in 100%, you'll learn some good ideas and recipes. Watson provides the details anyone needs to copy her success. With this book in hand, I plan to try once more to pare that food budget - and this time, maybe I can try the organic produce, too!