Leanne Brown is a humble heroine. As her final project for her Masters in Food Studies at NYU she wrote a cookbook for those who live on SNAP/food stamps or a similarly limited budget. Just seeing that immense need and filling it would have been enough. She went on to offer that cookbook for FREE to anyone who wants to download it. More recently she went through the trouble of running a Kickstarter campaign (now over)– not to cash in on the wild popularity of her downloadable book, but to fund hardcopies for people who do not have access to the internet.
From her book introduction:
If you’re on SNAP, you already know that the benefit formulas are complicated, but the rule of thumb is that you end up with $4 per person, per day to spend on food.This book isn’t challenging you to live on so little; it’s a resource in case that’s your reality. In May 2014, there were 46 million Americans on food stamps. Untold millions more—in particular, retirees and students—live under similar constraints.
Leanne has provided a great service and did so wisely. She worked to meet the real needs of real people:
My intent was to create satisfying food that doesn’t require you to supplement your meals with cheap carbohydrates to stave off hunger. I strove to create recipes that use money carefully, without being purely slavish to the bottom line. For example, many recipes use butter rather than oil. Butter is not cheap, but it creates flavor, crunch, and richness in a way that cheap oils never can.
Access Ms. Brown’s book through this link. Tell friends and clients about it. She put a whole lot of effort and heart into all this. Let’s make sure the book gets into the hands of everyone who needs it.
Another use for it: Those of us lucky enough to have more money for food can use her book to get a sense of what it would be like to live with food insecurity or to have to depend on SNAP for food.
Food is life and food is love. Giving people the skills to cook appealing, healthy and affordable food for themselves and their families contributes to everyones’ productivity, relationships and strength.