As the final project for her Food Studies master's degree at New York University, Leanne Brown decided to write a cookbook for eating healthy on $4 a day — the amount of money that SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aka "food stamps") recipients must live on. "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," she notes. "Even though food stamps help millions of people across the United States every day, benefits were reduced in November despite rising food prices. It's more important than ever to make the most of what you have with savvy shopping techniques and skillful cooking."

And so was born Good and Cheap

Using real, whole foods as the starting point for her recipes, Brown offers shopping tips and cooking techniques that help users optimize both the dollar and nutritional value of their meals. While the cookbook was conceived as a tool for SNAP recipients, who wouldn't like to eat better for cheaper?

But that's not all. Through her Kickstarter campaign, Brown is not only offering a free PDF download of Good and Cheap, but also a Get-One-Give-One donation level of $25 wherein donors get a physical copy for themselves and give a copy to someone in need.

Brown blew past her original $10,000 fundraising goal and is about to leave $85,000 in the dust. The more money she raises, the more cookbooks she will print, sell, and donate to nonprofits serving underprivileged families. So, dig in!

Kelly McCartney


Kelly McCartney |

Having won prestigious literary competitions in both grade school and junior high, I attended college with a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship, earned a BA in Journalism, and interned at Entertainment

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