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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day Paperback – July 14, 2015
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“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.”
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By the way, some personal favorites of mine are the zucchini chocolate muffins, banana pancakes, taco salad, cauliflower cheese, and her pizza dough recipe.
One of the best things about this book, though, is that Leanne successfully sets guidelines and then backs off, giving suggestions and alternatives where applicable so you can really get creative with what you have. I've never been more excited to check out what's on sale in the vegetable section of our grocery store or stock up on dried black beans! Especially with us being on a tighter budget, Leanne's given me a way to build confidence in the kitchen without breaking the bank like so many other cookbooks out there - all while being surprisingly healthy.
You won't regret this purchase for a moment, and I'd recommend buying a few copies as well to give as the need arises. Being in a tight spot money-wise can be incredibly overwhelming; this takes the pressure off and gives a bit of much-needed autonomy.
I came across it months ago when it was only in PDF form as I was looking for ways to incorporate more vegetables into my family's meals. For so many of us, veggies are something we HAVE to eat for our health instead of something we want to because they are delicious. I can personally attest that Leanne transformed my worldview on the humble zucchini :) This cookbook is truly a book of inspirations and ideas, not hard and fast prescribed recipes. I have yet to find a recipe in here that my family, including my 2 year old, doesn't like (try the Corn Soup on your little ones.... It's a hit in my house!)
To make it all even better, this cookbook is dedicated to the low-income community and helping those with limited income learn to cook healthfully - and more importantly- enjoyably, without being preachy or condescending. For any copy you buy, one gets donated to someone who needs it. I bought 4 copies which I'm sending to my siblings and friends. Buy it- it's a great cookbook and a great cause.
I've even purchased this twice, once for my friend who couldn't afford it, which to me is a lame excuse since your book has saved me so much money in food that the price of this book isn't even a factor, so I bought a copy for my friend.
I do have to say having hyperlinks for a cookbook blew my mind, this is how cookbooks should be.
The only criticism that I have is that I didn't discover this book sooner. Seriously, I can't find a fault, every recipe I've used is so delicious and I feel happier and more energetic now, also leftovers are to drool for, I've never felt that way about leftovers before.
It's been a month that Ive used your book for almost every meal and I have absolutely zero regrets, this has changed how I eat permanently. I hope that was your goal!
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Author Leanne Brown has created a collection of simple but for the most part, healthy dinners, snacks, breakfasts...with the goal of being able to eat for $4. a day. Although I think that is a bit optimistic, based on prices for groceries in many places, including here in BC Canada, the reality of being able to stick to a much lower food budget IS possible with these recipes.
A good variety of recipes including: Potato Leek Pizza, Vegetable Quiche Hold the Crust, Vegetable Jambalaya, Corn Soup, Sweet and Savory Pineapple Salad and many more. And yes, there were a number of vegetarian options included too, I appreciated that.
Recipes include not only a list of ingredients but also approximate (based on the author's findings) price per serving, small photos of finished dishes, servings per recipe and easy to follow instructions.
An excellent recipe collection for anyone on a budget, just starting out with their cooking ventures and/or those looking for cheap but good ways to stretch a food budget further (and aren't we all, these days!) ;-)
Geraldine Helen Hartman author of the Groovy Green Kitchen series.
Even if you're not concerned about your grocery budget, this is still a great cookbook to have for its surprisingly easy recipes. When you just don't know what to make, this book is basically guaranteed to have a good recipe you probably wouldn't have thought to make, with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
I highly recommend this for people learning to cook, people on a budget, or people who are just too busy to cook. It makes eating healthy feel appealing and accesible.
1) Because I wanted to save money on my grocery bill.
2) Because I'm a bachelor and through years of cafeteria food at university I've essentially forgotten how to cook or do groceries. So I wanted a book that had a simple guide as to how to set up, run, and stock my kitchen with a lot of good quick recipes.
3) Because I heard Leanne Brown interviewed on the radio, loved what she was doing, and wanted to test the book before recommending it to my church to give out in the community.
This fulfills all the above criteria superbly. I should also note that there is a deal for bulk purchases for organizations like churches, food banks, etc. So you can get a reduced rate if you're handing it out to your community. Anyway, GFC goes through quickly and in just enough details sort of all the facets of keeping your kitchen and cooking for yourself. $4/Day is obviously going to depend on your locale but I feel most of the recipes are pretty affordable. Follow her guidelines and you'll be eating fairly healthily for fairly cheap. Definitely recommend.
Good options for veggies too.