While it may have the eye-catching photography typical of most fancy cookbooks, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, is a cookbook for the roughly 44 million Americans, (according to current USDA data) who receive SNAP benefits.
The cookbook is the brainchild of Leanne Brown, who was working toward her master’s degree in Food Studies at New York University and decided that she didn’t want to write “[J]ust another paper that would just be of interest to academics, but something that could be more widely applied and that would be of use to a lot of the people that I was working with.”
Having studied the issues faced by food stamp, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), recipients, Brown elected to write a cookbook for her master’s thesis intended for those whose food budget is dictated by their monthly $126 per person SNAP benefits. It features recipes that are healthy, flavorful and easier to prepare than the complicated and ingredient-heavy dishes usually found in books of this genre.
By Joy Leopold
Food studies degree and certification programs have been steadily gaining popularity for decades, with New York University and Boston University being the first to establish their programs in the mid-1990’s. Today, some of the world’s most prestigious universities and colleges boast a variety of food studies programs and the number of graduates in the field increases yearly. This boom means food studies graduates are finding the industry continues to grow and change in exciting ways.
For those with daily commutes, or perhaps just a lot of holiday travel coming up, there’s more to the listening experience than simply the latest episode of Serial.
If you’re in search of something a bit more food-conscious to listen to, try out one (or all) of these podcasts–a collection of audio stories, interviews, histories, and information about food and agriculture.
Episodes of each can be found on iTunes, or on their respective websites.