Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization

It bothered me that so many ideas for fixing the food system leave out the poor: it seemed like they didn't have a voice in the food movement. I wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself.

Leanne Brown, Good and Cheap

Being a a frugal shopper (you know a penny pincher), I’m always looking for creative ways to reduce food cost without sacrificing the taste. As I was browsing Kickstarter a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a project by Leanne Brown.


In completing her master’s degree at New York University in Food Studies, Leanne Brown created a beautiful and practical cookbook, titled Good and Cheap.  The publication includes over 130 pages of recipes that adhere to a $4 a day food budget, alongside enticing photos of the prepared dishes.


I was immediately sold; however, I had to sell my biggest critic: my husband.  With him being a good ole “meat and potatoes slash Hamburger Helper” guy with a laundry list of “I won’t eat that” ingredients, I was growing wary if he would find the idea of this cookbook appealing. To my surprise, he was fully on-board with it.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a that one of the cookbook’s recipes, tomato scrambled eggs, was on the top of his list of recipes to try!


Fast forward to two weeks later: we’ve already tried savory oatmeal, kale salad, roasted root vegetables, pirogees, chana masala, spicy pulled pork and pizza. Not only did every recipe not disappoint our finicky palates, but rather the contrary – everything was flavorful, easy to prepare and delicious!


Thanks to the work of Leanne Brown, my husband and I learned how to pull together healthy and enjoyable meals, without compromising taste or variety, on a very limited budget.


Just download a free PDF and take a look for yourself!

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