SXSW 2022

Embracing the Joy of Imperfection in the Kitchen


Leanne Brown’s IACP Cookbook Award-winning, New York Times bestselling Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day showed that kitchen skill, not budget, is the key to great food. Helping those on the strictest of budgets—particularly those living on the U.S. food stamp allotment of $4.00 a day—eat unprocessed foods while discovering the joys of a homecooked meal, it changed the notion of what a cookbook could be and how it could help. While in Good and Cheap she tackled budget as an obstacle to eating well, Leanne is now turning her focus to the emotional barriers, aptly observing a huge hurdle to feeding ourselves is often believing we are not worth the effort to cook for. But, Brown declares we all deserve to eat well every day--this talk will delve into her personal journey to discovering how.

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  1. How can one overcome feelings of guilt (I'm not a good enough cook, my pantry is a mess, my family doesn't appreciate my cooking etc) in the kitchen?
  2. How does confidence in the kitchen translate into confidence in other aspects of life?
  3. Why do so many feel pressure and stress when it comes to cooking?



Chloe Puton, Director of Publicity, Workman Publishing

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