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  • Sumati Krishnan says:

    I’m watching your google talk and it occurred to me …. I learnt to cook, AFTER I had my kids, so a whole other type of exigent situation, if not financial. So I would suggest that you gear your cookbooks towards dishes that are 1) repeatable – kids DO NOT need endless variety, something that foodies can’t really wrap their heads around. 2) nutritional quality in terms of daily requirements – NOT food plate, but just enough veggies, fruit, herbs etc.

  • Kaki Shields says:

    I recently introduced your cookbook to the Teresa McCormack Center in Medford, OR, and we will be ordering some soon, and creating a cooking classes around the book for our clients! Thank you. I am also aware that a major demographic for us is single older women–and a few men–and several have expressed to me desire to learn to cook better for one. There are certainly cookbooks out there, and of course you can cut recipes in half or thirds, but it might be another cookbook for you to consider. Thanks for what you’ve done here! Kaki

    • Donavan says:

      We are new to the book and have also learned the portion sizes are great for two (or one!) the few smaller portion leftovers here and there are nice too.

      What Katy has done sounds like a kind thing to do- and kudos to you for that. A MAJOR Kudos to the author for providing an EASY to read, follow, and enjoy work that is actually functional- rather than something that takes up space on the shelf.

  • Angela says:

    I love your recipes so much. It’s all my favorites (Mexican street corn FTW!).

    Unfortunately for me in the last year or so I’ve discovered that my high-carb vegetarian (though very healthy!) eating habits were causing me to gain weight. This way of eating was not a problem in my twenties and most of my thirties at all but now that I’ve hit my early forties…the scale just goes up and up, no matter how much I exercise. Even though I’m vegetarian, even though I eat “healthy.” It sucks. My BMI is 25, but I’ve had to cut waaaaaay back on the carbs and work really, *really* hard to keep it there (and if you don’t eat meat that’s a real challenge!). So anyway this is a long way of saying if you had some vegetarian recipes that were higher in fat/protein and lower in carb people like me would be forever grateful! I’m not a cook, and I have no talent for “just being creative.” I’ve been eating the same stuff over and over for a long time just to keep the weight stable and it’s getting really hard 🙁

    I have been following some of this guy’s recipes to stop the weight gain…they are ok and it definitely works…though it’s not as quick and cheap as I’ve been used to for the last 20 years:

  • Elaine Bailey says:

    I received a free copy of your book at a Feed My People conference in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I’m so impressed that the recipe’s are written for those people that have never cooked before. My husband is meeting with our local school principal this afternoon to talk about offering a class to seniors, using your book to easily show them how to provide for themselves. How many kids graduate without this basic knowledge?
    Thank you.

    • Leanne Brown says:

      How awesome! Wishing your husband all the best! What a wonderful idea. It’s such an honor that the book is able to touch so many and inspire wonderful initiatives like this.

  • Patricia says:

    I am so glad I read the ‘comment’ section before writing. I volunteer in a food pantry that has the opportunity to get ‘leftovers’ from the local Farmers Market. Which is wonderful. The sad thing is, many of our clients say they don’t know what the veggie is, or how to cook it, or it doesn’t look palatable to them. When I saw your ‘Good and Cheap’ freebie download I knew that is what we need. I see two close by organizations that have received the books. My question is: may I make copies of my download for the director of LifeSource to put on the ‘produce table?’

    • Leanne Brown says:

      Hi Patricia, you definitely may! Right now we’re in transition with a new donation partner so the process for getting physical copies donated is in flux. Hopefully we’ll have it sorted out again soon! But you are welcome to copy in the meantime 🙂

  • Adel says:


    is there any way to get a free copy of your book for a family without a computer to print it out? I got a free copy of your book at the center for urban families here in baltimore, but this family could really use one for themselves.
    thank you!

  • Sally says:

    I really like your book (especially the French onion soup and Peanut Chicken and Broccoli recipes), but is there nutritional information available for the recipes?

  • Rebecca says:

    Hello. Such a valuable concept to teach healthy eating on a frugal budget. Perhaps in the future you would author a vegan version. I’m sure there are a lot of us vegans who could use some tips on stretching our budgets.

  • Nancy Carlzen says:

    Thanks so much for this update to creative cooking on an impossible budget! I’ve been doing this for most of my life (since the early 80’s–single parent), and my go-to books then were Miriam Ungerer’s “Good Cheap Food” and a library copy of a small book from a Midwest publisher which title & author I’ve long forgotten, HOWEVER, I’ve never forgotten her mantra: when shopping “first buy your starches, and then buy your milk (powdered whole, dried); everything else you buy should contribute to making good meals (tasty) and good food (nutritious) out of the starches.” A lifesaver then, and still workable now. What you’ve done is add more veggies and fruits to the mix and that is more than welcome. I’m having fun exploring… so much so that I’ve sent a copy to my son, who is on food stamps and, like me, and intuitive cook. He says “thanks”, too…

  • Carla Trupe says:

    I am involved with the Master Gardener program. We have in the past received books to distribute at our local functions. Could you email the information to receive more for this coming year? Thank you

    • Leanne Brown says:

      Hi Carla, sorry to say that we don’t have a system for donating to organizations like yours at the moment. We have a new donation partner who is donating through their charitable partners. They hope to have the flexibility to donate more widely soon, but not quite yet. Sorry to disappoint. If by chance you have a bit of budget, my lovely publisher sells them at deep discount here and are lovely, responsive and understanding:

  • Carol Nordblom says:

    hi Leanne, I just got your book. i am very pleased with it. can you let me know when you publish another. i have never written to an author but i think your book is spectacular.

    • Leanne Brown says:

      Hi Carol, lovely to hear from you. And when my next book comes out you can be sure I will be writing about it here!

  • Deborah says:

    I found out about the free download for your cookbook in a magazine my daughter gave me. While it is a wonderful cookbook for people on a limited income, I’m afraid it doesn’t help me or people like me who are really low income. I can’t afford to buy many groceries, only the necessities ( milk, bread, eggs, etc. ) my income is less than $500. a month and most of that goes to utilities and car insurance. I get most of my food at local food banks and churches. But most of those places you can only go 4 -6 times a year. The church will let you come once a month. All food at the food banks and food pantries are canned items and prepackaged items, never any fresh produce or meats. I commend you though for the free download for those who it will help. Thank you for helping America.

  • Kat says:

    For many years, we were raising a family of 4 on $40K. Not poverty, but not easy living (when you think of child care costs). This book helped us then and now helps us stay in our “food budget.” My husband now works for an inner city high school. Once a week, he makes a meal for them to show them how to cook. At the end of the year, he throws together a little sampler “cook book” of what they’ve eaten along with other resources, so they leave high school with a few recipes under their belt. He always includes this downloadable book as a resource for them to use. Thanks so much for such healthy, inexpensive, & tasty dishes!

    • Leanne Brown says:

      Oh my goodness! I love this. What a wonderful service your husband does for your community 🙂

  • Linda Plumb says:

    I simply want to thank you for this book! My husband and I have facilitated a class for people in poverty called, “Getting Ahead”– we have learned so much from our students about their struggles, not the least of which is how to feed their families. We discovered your book, gave out cooies and shared ideas. As an avid home cook who collects cookbooks, and makes most things from scratch, I recognized right away that this is a terrific cookbook full of delicious, healthful recipes and great ideas in its own right. THANK YOU!

  • Gary says:

    I think what you’ve put together is fabulous to help people do their best with what is available given our nation’s ofttimes insufficient systems. While it won’t and can’t solve all food and hunger problems for all people here, I applaud your efforts, as they are beautifully done. And in Spanish too! Bravo. I’ll cook some of them too. 🙂

  • Traci Thompson says:

    Can you tell me what grade level your cook book is written at?

    • Leanne Brown says:

      I wish I could, but I have no idea how such things are decided. I will ask around and see.

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