Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

Brand: Workman Publishing Company
ISBN 0761184996
EAN: 9780761184997
Category: Food & Drinks
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By showing that kitchen skill, and not budget, is the key to great food, Good and Cheap will help you eat well—really well—on the strictest of budgets.

Created for people who have to watch every dollar—but particularly those living on the U.S. food stamp allotment of $4.00 a day—Good and Cheap is a cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes backed by ideas that will make everyone who uses it a better cook. From Spicy Pulled Pork to Barley Risotto with Peas, and from Chorizo and White Bean Ragù to Vegetable Jambalaya, the more than 100 recipes maximize every ingredient and teach economical cooking methods. There are recipes for breakfasts, soups and salads, lunches, snacks, big batch meals—and even desserts, like crispy, gooey Caramelized Bananas. Plus there are tips on shopping smartly and the minimal equipment needed to cook successfully.

And when you buy one, we give one!  With every copy of Good and Cheap purchased, the publisher will donate a free copy to a person or family in need. Donated books will be distributed through food charities, nonprofits, and other organizations. You can feel proud that your purchase of this book supports the people who need it most, giving them the tools to make healthy and delicious food.

An IACP Cookbook Awards Winner.



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Amazing and life changing (honestly!)
by Andra Smith (5 out of 5 stars)
May 19, 2017

I'm a college student and received this book as a gift from my mother. As someone who was new to cooking on my own, this book completely changed the way I thought about cooking. Not only does this book provide easy, no fuss recipes, it is basically a how-to book on how to cook and eat well. Each recipe can be altered to fit your needs and what you have in the fridge/pantry! Leanne showed me that you don't need complicated ingredients to have an amazing meal. And now that I'm a more experienced cook, I still come back to this book for inspiration and ideas on new recipes. If you are new to cooking, buy it. If you are on a tight budget, buy it or look at the PDF online. If you are looking for ways to cut back on processed foods, buy it. Even if you are an experienced cook, buy it. Despite the general premise of the book, this cookbook is for EVERYONE.

By the way, some personal favorites of mine are the zucchini chocolate muffins, banana pancakes, taco salad, cauliflower cheese, and her pizza dough recipe.
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Amazing. Buy it!
by Lisa (5 out of 5 stars)
July 16, 2015

This is my absolute favorite cookbook of all time.

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.
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Good stuff
by Maia (5 out of 5 stars)
February 10, 2018

I bought this book after I read an article on Buzzfeed. I was not disappointed! Showed to my coworkers and they loved as well. I love the variety of recipes and how easy most of them are. For me is a challenge to vary every day or every now and then.
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Worth every penny and more!!
by Jacki (5 out of 5 stars)
August 27, 2016

If I could give this book 10 stars I would. I lost my job and needed to save money on food so I bought this book. The recipes are sooo delicious. I have not found a single one that's a dud. My husband and I both feel better since we cut way back on processed foods and increased our veggie intake due to this book. I'll never go back!!!
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Best purchase I've made in ages
by Rachel (5 out of 5 stars)
September 28, 2017

I cannot say how wonderful this cookbook is enough. For the price, too! It's, no joke, full of everything I'd wish I'd known when I was on a food-stamp-level food budget. Honestly, I just sat down and read it cover to cover one day to really soak in all the information on the front and back, and I've been using the advice to build up my pantry and my spice rack.

One of the best things about this book, though, is that Leanne successfully sets guidelines and then backs off, giving suggestions and alternatives where applicable so you can really get creative with what you have. I've never been more excited to check out what's on sale in the vegetable section of our grocery store or stock up on dried black beans! Especially with us being on a tighter budget, Leanne's given me a way to build confidence in the kitchen without breaking the bank like so many other cookbooks out there - all while being surprisingly healthy.

You won't regret this purchase for a moment, and I'd recommend buying a few copies as well to give as the need arises. Being in a tight spot money-wise can be incredibly overwhelming; this takes the pressure off and gives a bit of much-needed autonomy.
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Largely vegetarian recipes with cheap staples, so that one ...
by Kelly (5 out of 5 stars)
August 23, 2016

Largely vegetarian recipes with cheap staples, so that one shopping trip for a handful of ingredients can make a number of different delicious and filling recipes that last the whole week.
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Leanne, you're my hero!
by Dallas Hansen (5 out of 5 stars)
January 15, 2018

I hope Leanne read this because her book has seriously had the biggest impact on my life. More so than almost anything else is the past 5 years. Not only do I eat healthier now because of this book, but cooking is fun now! All I've needed are good, simple, cheap recipes that I can alter how I want, and this book is exactly that! All my flatmates think I'm a chef now. :) I'm doing the best I can to recommend this book to anyone and everyone. You don't need experience to pick this book up.

I've even purchased this twice, once for my friend who couldn't afford it, which to me is a lame excuse since your book has saved me so much money in food that the price of this book isn't even a factor, so I bought a copy for my friend.

I do have to say having hyperlinks for a cookbook blew my mind, this is how cookbooks should be.

The only criticism that I have is that I didn't discover this book sooner. Seriously, I can't find a fault, every recipe I've used is so delicious and I feel happier and more energetic now, also leftovers are to drool for, I've never felt that way about leftovers before.

It's been a month that Ive used your book for almost every meal and I have absolutely zero regrets, this has changed how I eat permanently. I hope that was your goal!
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Good tips for all
by D. McNulty (4 out of 5 stars)
December 7, 2016

I think that it's something of a pipe dream that a low-income person could afford to have on hand the ingredients, such as olive oil and fresh herbs, for some of the recipes. If one does have money there are lots of good ideas and plans for saving money and having good food. I especially like the idea of buying better eggs and bakery bread for quality. In the end, good tips for everyone.
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Excellent Resource for Incorporating New Flavors In Affordable Meals
by H. Alvis (5 out of 5 stars)
November 29, 2017

I have really enjoyed the freedom and exploration described in this cookbook. We are recently on a tigher budget and I'm working on reducing waste in our kitchen, so this is a great help in coming up with new, inexpensive ways to make food different and fun. We especially liked all the ideas for switching up oatmeal and rice. I love all the recipes I've tried so far, which is about 15.
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Tasty and Cheap, especially good for a Tight Budget
by Kirsten Lindner (5 out of 5 stars)
January 8, 2018

I really like this cookbook. My husband and I are on a budget since I haven't been able to find full-time work for over a year and this book has really great ideas that help me eat healthy food that I can also afford. I'm fortunate enough to splurge sometimes on expensive ingredients and do crazy kitchen things, but every week several of these recipes and ideas make it onto the plate. Highly recommend it.

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