- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (July 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761184996
- ISBN-13: 978-0761184997
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 452 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”
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“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.”
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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 gave the book 5 stars because I thought it was the honest effort of someone who wants to help lower-income families to live on $4.00 per day per person. Even that would be a stretch - it would cost more than that to use these recipes to cook a week's worth of food for a family. I was flabbergasted to read the author's encouragement to buy expensive eggs (organic, free-range, etc.) Then I knew this author has never really faced poverty! Not a problem, it just limits her grasp at what is at stake here. People who are pushed to the limit of their finances are way our of the 'fresh herb, organic eggs, quinoa' lifestyle.
At one time, I would have encouraged a poor person who has to cope with the recipes in this book to simply have a window sill herb garden. Experience has shown me that herbs in a window are very difficult to grow to make economic sense. Now that I have lived in a house and I have a small plot of garden for herbs, it is STILL difficult.
And I am not poor. But I have been - I know what it is like to try to live on $10 a week because rent and other sundry expenses ate up nearly all my money. i could not in good conscience recommend this book to a person who is struggling with money and especially if they have children (who do not care as much if there are fresh herbs on the organic eggs - they care that they have a meal at all!
I can think of people who would benefit from this book - young marrieds who are saving for a house and cutting down on all their expenses, for example.
And that is about it! I bought this book to send to my son with the hope that he could live on $4.00 a day (food) using this book. It's a disappointment for that . I think I will send him what i usually do: a box from amazon pantry.
I think this will become one of the classic cookbooks to be given to a young adult setting up his, her (or their) first household.