Cheap eats by the book

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown
Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown Courtesy of Workman Publishing

It was travel guru Arthur Frommer who began reshaping the way we budget-tour the world with his 1957 guide “Europe On $5 a Day,” published in 1957.

Now home cook and “food policy” expert Leanne Brown is taking an on-the-cheap approach to mealtime in “Good and Cheap: Eat Well On $4 a Day” (Workman, $17, 208 pages), a cookbook of “delicious, healthful recipes created for everyone on a tight budget.”

She writes in the introduction: “I hope (this book) can be a spark, a general strategy, a flexible set of approachable and cheap recipes. The rest is up to you.”

To get things going, Brown offers sections on strategies for smart shopping and healthful eating, must-have groceries, how to handle leftovers, and a savvy guide to kitchen equipment.

In the “Breakfast” chapter we find recipes for dishes such as banana pancakes and whole-wheat jalapeno-cheddar scones. “Snacks and Sides” includes spicy roasted cauliflower and mashed celery root. You’ll find deconstructed cabbage rolls, pulled pork and vegetable quiche among the main dishes, and eight versions of deviled eggs. Oh, and instructions on how to make fresh pasta.

There’s much more to this well-organized and helpful feast.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe