Get an entire cookbook full of $4 meals

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By Scott Jones

(July 17, 2014) - This idea for inexpensive meals came from a student working on her master’s degree at NYU. Leanne Brown’s idea is a cookbook with $4 meals!

The book is called Good and Cheap.

In order to pay for the printing of the cookbook, she put the idea on the fundraising website Kickstarter.

Brown's idea was so popular, it got funded in two days and eventually amounted to $144,000!

“It's a cookbook of good but delicious and inexpensive recipes for people who are living on food stamps, or as food stamps are known these days SNAP,” said Leanne.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The book was written for people with limited incomes, although anyone can buy the book or download the recipes.

All the recipes, like this Vegetable Jambalaya and Spicy Pulled Pork are simple to make, great to eat and cost very little!

“Pretty much everyone I meet wants to eat well, wants to feed their family well. But the challenge is doing that on $4 a day,” said Brown.

Good and Cheap is also available as a PDF download, and it's free!

Leanne has posted the recipes online, and the PDF has been downloaded more than 200,000 times. But not everyone has a computer to download it or they’d prefer to have it in book form. For those who want the book, they can order one for $27.50, which is at no profit to the author.

The $27.50 includes a second book to give away to a family who needs it.

“I want people to look at the recipes in my book and say, ‘I can't wait to go home and make that.’”