So many families struggle to eat good, healthy meals. They may live in food deserts or lack the knowledge they need to buy the right ingredients and turn them into something delicious. And their food dollars just don’t stretch that far, particularly if they’re on a $4 a day food stamp budget. They need to find cheap ways to eat healthy. So a NYU Food Studies grad student wrote an awesome cookbook to help. And it’s free!
You can help too.
Step One: Download her free cookbook Good and Cheap. Yes — I said free. (You may as well download her other free cookbook while you’re at it. From Scratch was written to help newbie vegetarians get comfortable in their kitchens.)
Leanne Brown wrote Good and Cheap as part of her graduate program in Food Studies at New York University. From the book’s introduction:
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.
She wanted to help families on food stamps (now called SNAP) eat healthy on their $4 a day budget. The cookbook you’ve just downloaded is the project’s outcome. Almost 100,000 people downloaded it in a few short weeks.
Step Two: Flip through the book. Take note of the gorgeous food pics, tips for stocking your pantry with healthy alternatives, and my favorite section — “Things on Toast.” Decide whether you’ll make Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine or Shrimp and Grits for dinner tonight.
Now stop and think for a moment. You are looking at 132 beautiful, well-written pages of information designed to help those in need find cheap ways to eat healthy. Ms. Brown is now trying to find ways to get these books into the hands of those who need them. And knowing many of those folks may not have access to a computer to download the free version, she started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the book’s first print run. More than 3,000 backers have pledged almost $85,000 (way more than her initial $10,000 goal!) to help.
Step Three: Ask yourself this question: Would you pay $20 for a hard copy of this info-packed, well-intentioned cookbook? Would you chip in $5 more to donate a copy to someone who needs it desperately to learn cheap ways to eat healthy? If you’ve answered yes, consider backing Ms. Brown’s Kickstarter campaign. Her “get one, give one” option puts a hard copy of the cookbook in your hands and those of a low income family for 25 bucks. Not a bad idea.
Step Four: Let me know which recipes you’re going to try first!
Image Credit: Leanne Brown