With rising food prices, accommodation and costs associated with everyday living, it can be hard for many to figure out how to eat healthily on a budget. Good and cheap is a free recipe book bursting with delicious meals that all come in under $4 using fresh ingredients that are readily available.
Available to everyone thanks to a generous open Creative Commons license, Good and Cheap is the result of a capstone project created by Leanne Brown for her MA in Food Studies at New York University. I love Leanne’s food philosophy and mindset, ‘I think everyone should eat great food every day. Eating well means learning to cook. It means banishing the mindset that preparing daily meals is a huge chore or takes tremendous skill. Cooking is easy — you just have to practice.’
Originally designed for people living on minimal incomes receiving SNAP funding (previously called food stamps), the recipes in Good and Cheap are suitable for anyone trying to eat well but keep the costs down. With tasty options like coconut and lime porridge for breakfast, Mexican street food, vegetable jambalaya, spicy pulled pork or peach coffee cake, there will be a meal or snack to suit everyone. The total cost and cost per serve is listed along side each recipe for reference showing you how to make gourmet looking food with a small budget and not end up hungry afterwards.
The book is also full of tips about shopping and eating well, pantry staples and recipes to avoid food waste such as using stale bread to make croutons for salad or breadcrumbs for crumbed fish.
Download the recipe book here. If you would like to help further support the work she is doing, you can also donate towards a kickstarter project to allow physical copies to be printed for those without online access. At the time of writing this post, over $135,000 has been donated allowing for an enormous 24,000 copies of the book to be printed at $4 each for non-profits along with over 5,900 donated copies!
Go check it out!
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