So, this evening, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, when I found this:
the story of the most amazing cookbook ever.
According to her website, foodstudies scholar Leanne Brown created the cookbook Good and Cheap to be a useful, use-able and beautiful cookbook “for people with limited incomes, particularly those on a $4/day food stamps budget.”
In part of the introduction to Good and Cheap, Leanne writes:
These recipes are designed for the budget of people on SNAP (the US
program that used to be called Food Stamps). The meals are generally
healthy and use ingredients common to most low-income New York
City neighborhoods. More than in most cookbooks, the recipes are
flexible and encourage substitution based on availability, taste, and price.
I want you to tailor things to your taste. That is the joy of cooking!
My intent was to create satisfying food that doesn’t require you to
supplement your meals with cheap carbohydrates to stave off hunger.
I strove to create recipes that use money carefully, without being purely
slavish to the bottom line.
The recipes in this cookbook look simple and also amazing, (and it helps that the photography is also totally gorgeous, and is all done by Leanne Brown herself)
And the best part is, the cookbook is free! You can download a copy of the cookbook on her website listed above.
However, Leanne has also started a Kickstarter program to receive donations from good people like you and me so she can put a number of copies of this cookbook in print. With printed cookbooks, Leanne can put Good and Cheap in the hands of folks who don’t have access to computers or internet, or who may not otherwise be able to access the work that could benefit them. If you’re able, seriously consider donating to this cause, folks (even donations as low as $1 are gratefully received!)–consider just how important good food has been in your life, or in the lives of those you love. Wouldn’t you want others to receive those blessings, too?
Also, maybe there are ways you can use Good and Cheap in your local contexts to help give greater access to better, cheap food for more people? Have you ever thought about sharing food with your community in some way? …the possibilities are endless, all you have to do is listen to the needs of the people around you, and be open to what comes of it.
*all images in this post are Leanne Brown’s from her cookbook Good and Cheap, 2014.