Good and Cheap
About the Book
Devised originally for folks on the US SNAP food program, this is collection of recipes created by the author for those on a budget. These meals are as healthy as they can be and utilise ingredients that are readily available to most low-income families. Leanne’s recipes are flexible in that ingredients can be changed according to availability, taste, and cost.
Leanne’s intent was to create meals that do not require supplementation of cheap carbs to stave off hunger. What’s more, she designed the recipes specifically to use money carefully, without penny-pinching. For instance, many of these recipes use butter, which is not cheap, rather than margarine or oil, because it creates flavour and richness in a way that cheap alternatives cannot.
To encourage a varied diet, the recipes do not contain large amounts of meat to encourage people to eat more fruit and vegetables.
Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. In a perfect world, healthy and delicious food would be all around us. It would be easy to choose and easy to enjoy.
But of course it’s not a perfect world. There are thousands of barriers that can keep us from eating in a way that nourishes our bodies and satisﬁes our tastes. Money just needn’t be one of them.
Kitchen skill, not budget, is the key to great food. This cookbook is a celebration of the many delicious meals available to those on even the most strict of budgets.
Cooking on a limited budget is not easy, and there are times when a tough week can turn eating into a chore. I hope the recipes and techniques in this book help make those times rare and tough choices a little more bearable.
Learning to cook has a powerfully positive effect.
My hope is that this book will empower people to become better, more conscious cooks, able to conjure deliciousness in any kitchen, anytime, anywhere. Good cooking alone can’t solve hunger in America, but it can make life happier—and that is worth every effort.
I created this book at the capstone project for my MA in Food Studies at New York University. After I posted a free PDF on my website, it went viral on Reddit, Tumblr, and elsewhere—almost 100,000 downloads in the ﬁrst few weeks! All the supportive feedback gave me the courage to launch a Kickstarter campaign to get printed copies Good and Cheap into the hands of people who don’t have computers or who wouldn’t otherwise see it.