The Eat Offbeat Cookbook

As many of you know, the story of my cookbook, Good and Cheap really began when we launched a Kickstarter in the summer of 2014 to fund a print run. With the help of so many supportive strangers it was a huge success and has led to everything I have been so lucky to be a part of since, including being able to get over 200K copies of Good and Cheap into the hands of people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a cookbook. That’s one of so many reasons I’m proud to be supporting an amazing new Kickstarter project, The Eat Offbeat Cookbook!

Let me explain, Eat Offbeat is a refugee owned and operated catering company in NYC. They are all about empowering home chefs from refugee backgrounds to become successful professional chefs. The food is simply amazing, everything I have tried has been immaculate.

Please take a couple of minutes to watch their video here:

Today they launch a Kickstarter to create a cookbook featuring recipes from their chefs and their stories. It’s going to be so fantastic! When they approached me a month or so ago for advice I could not get involved fast enough. I’m so impressed by the mission and goals as well as their dedication. Not to mention they are ultra competent and organized (something I am a major sucker for). I’m just in love with them. I have no doubt they are going to be a huge success, but I also want as many people as possible to hear their story because it’s so uplifting and powerful and timely.

Oh, and since they partner with the International Rescue Fund (IRC) to help them find their amazing chefs, they are dedicating 10% of the proceeds from the book to the IRC. They continue to do amazing work in service of refugees so this is a great bonus!

I hope you’ll join me in supporting Eat Offbeat and spreading the word! Let’s show everyone that we value diversity, and that we love, welcome, and respect every member of our community.

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

casserole dish with deconstructed cabbage rolls casserole in it

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

Casseroles are a great way to stretch your cooking-without a-recipe muscles. As one reader, Carolie, reminded me, they require little prep time, yield many meals, and the leftovers are easy to store. Casseroles also let you easily tailor an existing recipe to your own tastes.

So here’s my adaptation of one of Carolie’s favorite casseroles, itself a play on cabbage rolls, a traditional Eastern European dish that is delicious but labor intensive. This version is a good way to use up leftover rice or grains and lentils.

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Decadent Chocolate Coconut Swirl Pie

coconut chocolate swirl pie in dish with yellow dish cloth beside

Sometimes I really crave complex baking projects. I love dreaming up a new combination of flavors or textures and spending tons of time researching. I often don’t share the results of these little journeys because they are too complicated and specific to my weird taste to bother you guys with. But sometimes I end up with something worth sharing and that’s even more exciting. This chocolate coconut swirl pie is just that. If you make this beauty you’ll definitely want to display it with pride, it’s quite a looker.

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Beet and Chickpea Salad

beet and chickpea salad piled on a white plate

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

This salad of beets and chickpeas, from Good and Cheap was a surprise hit! Although I love it, I worried it might seem too odd for many people to try. But I hear about it a lot when I speak to people about what they’ve made. It’s especially popular among the early-twenties crowd! A very simple few ingredients, and it’s satisfying and balanced enough to be a meal in itself.

This dish is spicy, crunchy, and almost certainly the pinkest salad you’ll ever eat! Don’t be scared.

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Leanne Brown

Hi! I'm Leanne Brown, a home cook in Brooklyn by way of Canada. I write cookbooks, like the one below!

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Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

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