I Tried to Eat Well on $4 a Day; This Is What Happened
I first got the idea to eat on $4 a day when I read about graduate student Leanne Browne launching the Good and Cheap cookbook as a free downloadable PDF. Her intention was to educate people on very limited food budgets about healthy meals that can be made cheaply. Browne even raised $144,681 in a Kickstarter campaign to publish this cookbook in print to make it available for free to people who don't have access to computers.
The cost is based on the average allowance that a person on SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), gets allotted every day. There was so much coverage about the cookbook and praise on how you can make complex dishes like jalapeño scones and banana pancakes that it really intrigued me. Since I thought it was a cool idea, I decided to try it out for myself. The big question I wanted answered: is this cookbook realistic for the population it's targeting — those who are on SNAP — and if not, what are some ways we can improve it.
EDIT: I know that the SNAP program is supposed to be supplementary and not your total food budget, but this experiment is an attempt to understand how to make the $4 amount work if your bills cost you all your spending money.