In this winsome cookbook, based on her popular blog of the same name, Emily Wight offers great recipes, ideas, and advice on how to prepare imaginative, nutritious, and delectable meals without having to spend a lot of money. Perfect for students, new adults, and others on a budget, it’s a personable guide that adapts the act of cooking to our modern economy.
Chapters are divided according to ingredients so that readers can choose their main and build a meal around it. Recipes range from the simple (perfect scrambled eggs, rice and lentils) to the sublime (orecchiette with white beans and sausage, mustard fried chicken). There are also a number of ethnic-inspired recipes, such as Kimchi pancakes, Salvadoran roast chicken, and pantry kedgeree, reflecting the new interest in global cuisine and the fact that ethnic ingredients are not only easy to find nowadays, but often inexpensive.
Also crucial is the avoidance of processed foods and refined sugar wherever possible. Emily also provides helpful information for those with diabetes, including glycemic indexes where appropriate. For those on a budget, nutrition is often overlooked when it comes to eating, and there is a long-standing relationship between diabetes and those who think they can only afford to eat processed or fast foods.
With its down-to-earth charm and sage advice, Well Fed, Flat Broke will have you eating like a millionaire without having to spend like one.
Emily Wight is a writer, blogger, and home cook. A graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia, she’s spent the past six years blogging at Well Fed, Flat Broke, a site that chronicles her forays in the kitchen as she tries to balance a career and parenthood, which includes a picky-eating toddler and a neurotic cat. Everything in her life is sticky.
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