Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (July 14, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #4,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #5 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Cooking Methods > Budget
I grew up quite poor. I remember watching my mother slice the moldy parts off of 'government' cheese for sandwiches while things like chips and snack cakes were luxuries I only saw in the lunchboxes of my peers. But if there's one thing growing up mostly in poverty will teach you, it is how to be resourceful and grateful for what you do have... because there is always someone who has much less or does not have the skills to make do with what they do have. With this in mind I was quite eager to see what Brown had put together.GOOD AND CHEAP has a lot of fantastic information about not just how to prepare food, but when and how to buy it to maximize your budget. Whether you're receiving SNAP benefits or just living on a tight budget as a single-income family there are recipes and information here that will help you eat well and even quite healthfully.The one area it doesn't seem to hit on that I felt would have been of great use is food allergies. Having discovered earlier this year that my partner is allergic to wheat, rice, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and a host of other inexpensive staples I struggled for several months with horrifying grocery bills trying to find ways to avoid allergens while on a very tight budget. I'd have liked to see some budgeting advice for those who are struggling with food allergies or celiac disease because those conditions affect low income families just as much as those of wealth and alternative foods can be costly.Overall, while I feel that some of the recipes and ingredients were still a bit unreasonable to expect someone of limited means to get on board with, GOOD AND CHEAP is still a fantastic general resource for anyone who wants to eat well with limited funds.
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