A FREE Healthy Cookbook based on a Food Stamp (SNAP) Budget

Trying to stay on a budget while providing healthy for your family can be tough. Leanne Brown, who happens to have a master’s in food studies felt the same way. Her concern was for American’s receiving food stamps (SNAP).  Leanne didn’t think it was right that the 47 million people on food stamps didn’t have the choices everyone else had.

Leanne  created a FREE cookbook “Good and Cheap” which is all about eating well on $4.00 a day. She made her book available to download for FREE in June. The results have been overwhelming, it has been downloaded more than 200,000 times.


Leanne states that eating well on $4.00 a day involves stocking your pantry with inexpensive basics and being flexible about substituting ingredients to use what is in season. She encourages eating fruits and vegetables in her recipes by keep the meat content low. The cook book is filled with some really good looking and healthy recipes from breakfast to desserts and drinks. I’m anxious to try out several recipes, one of the sections of the cook book that is calling my attention is the “Things on Toast” section.

Leanne started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $145,000 to make the book available to those who don’t have computers. Be sure to visit her blog for more delicious recipes.

pasta_eggplant_tomato-page-044  Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato


Today I am launching a Kickstarter to fund a print run of Good and Cheap, my free PDF cookbook for people on Food Stamps. Please take a few moments to check it out and share it with your friends.

I was so encouraged and touched by the supportive comments from strangers. It was tremendously heartening to have so many people understanding, appreciating and even advocating for my project.

Ultimately Good and Cheap was a guess. It was a well informed guess, but it was a guess. I thought that an appealing, tasty, practical, healthy set of recipes was genuinely needed. I thought that maybe it could make a difference for some. It seems like it has.

Making Good and Cheap free online was a great first step, but to really reach people I realized that we need make physical copies. This book needs to be put directly into the hands of people who need it.

I believe that cooking can change lives and I want to prove it. If you can, please support the project or share it with someone else. This is going to be fun!


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