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On a Dollar a Day: One Couple's Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America Paperback – February 9, 2010
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I didn't give it one star because they did stress not wasting food and because the premise has some milage.
I found the personal anecdotes about the stresses experienced during the first two experiments extremely interesting since I have worked for a number of years with persons living in a low income housing situation. Clearly instruction in how to provide adequate nutrition on a tight budget is a need for people living on the edge of poverty. I believe that this book teaches people some important facts about consumption patterns in America and the need for education across the population. I am recommending this book to friends and other persons involved in ministry to the poor.
Some important suggestions for action appear at the end of the book.
The authors are very honest about their history with food and tell funny and insightful stories.
I'll be recommending this book to clients and using my notes to help generate some of my own nutrition articles.
One line in this book became an instant classic:
"We decided that buying a bell pepper from Holland makes about as much sense as flying there to poop it out."
Buy it for 1/2 the book. If you want to save your money. They ate flour tortillas, rice, beans and peanut butter. No recipes. Mainly about how impractical it is, how ghettos don't have good food and how lucky you are if you're not on food stamps.
A lot of the concepts covered in this book are not new, but the authors do put their own stamp on topics covered in other books like "The Omnivores Dilemma" and "Plenty". The authors alternate their chapters and this allows us to get differing viewpoints on the project, and they include not always flattering self-portraits. This is an honest book that touches lightly on many aspects of our food system, and may inspire readers to do more in depth reading, or make changes to their own diets and shopping habits.
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Interesting, but more of a "we did this" story than "here are things everyone can do". Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shannon Burtoft
I completely agree with the reviewer who mentioned the inequality between the two authors. The "begging to be allowed to eat a cookie" episode was only overshadowed by the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kimberly G. Flanagan
There's some useful information and insight in this book. I agree with the authors when they say that the important thing is to get the conversation started. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Jillian St Andre
the authors kept comparing their community to the less affluent community and how fortunate they were. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Kim
While I had some issues with this book, namely the seeming absurdity of two people trying to mimic an impoverished lifestyle and still keep their vegan diets, in the end my... Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Zelda
This is an account of two people from upper middle class backgrounds attempting to discover how the "other side" lives. Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Mrs. Zwieg
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Overall, I was very impressed with the entire book. It was very interesting to read and then acknowledge how much we all take for granted. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Kimberly M.