I am so excited to share that I’ve been working on a new cookbook for you … and this one is ON A BUDGET! It’s not due out until August, but the cover was recently finalized and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. So HERE it is! (My 12-year-old was pretty proud that we chose a photo of her looking at the camera along with me on the front, sweet girl. :))
On a Budget
Here’s how my third book came about. During our first 100 Days of Real Food pledge, when we made the dramatic decision to cut out all highly processed food, one of the most common things we heard was, “Sounds great, but too expensive.”
So, as you may know, we took that feedback to heart and went on to take a second real food challenge by pledging again to eat real food, and real food only, without spending more than $125/week – less than the $167/week a family of four would receive on full SNAP (i.e. food stamp) benefits. While I would not describe this challenge as “easy”—especially at first!—we never went hungry or had to succumb to buying the dreaded processed stuff. And we never went over budget either.
The page on my blog that summarizes how we ate real food without breaking the bank has since been viewed more than 1½ million times, and I received a ton of helpful feedback from readers—so much that I knew an entire book dedicated to the topic of cost-saving tactics and budget-friendly (yet, delicious) real food recipes would be the perfect third cookbook in my bestselling 100 Days of Real Food series!
$15 Recipes + Grocery Lists
My hope is to help you address one of the most common concerns—how to cut out processed food while sticking to your budget—so in this full-color hardback cookbook you’ll find 100 recipes (including breakfast, packed lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts and homemade staples) with shopping lists and prices for each recipe.
But, unlike other budget cookbooks that only calculate the cost per serving (have you ever tried to buy just ¼ cup of sour cream?), I’ve decided to give you the exact total cost for all the necessary ingredients for each dish, so that families even on the tightest budget can make the meals work. Because, if you don’t have the extra money for the rest of the sour cream container, you simply don’t have it!
Out of the 100 recipes, 75 are new and have never before been published on my blog or in my previous cookbooks. And I think you’ll agree, while they are easy on your wallet (all recipe shopping lists are $15 or under) there are certainly no sacrifices when it comes to flavor! Here is a little teaser of what’s to come, so you can see what I mean…
Behind the Scenes of my Third Cookbook
Putting together a cookbook is no small task, and I could have never done it without lots of help! The pictures alone are an undertaking and for just the ones that my family are in, guess how many we took over a three day period?? 10,000! Yes, 10 THOUSAND! Thank goodness my children don’t mind being in photos, although this quantity is a stretch even for them (and me, ha). :)
The whole process started with LOTS of planning. Since I am not the best when it comes to fashion I always turn to my stylish longtime friend Erin Rutherford (who is an accountant by day and food blogger by night) to pick out what we will wear. Just imagine family photos times ten! Making so many decisions can make me a little nuts so I’m happy to just do as I am told here. This is what my bedroom looked like once she was done with her magic (yikes!)…
Once we knew we’d be presentable enough to be photographed I pulled in my wonderful lifestyle photographers (that I used in my last book), Dan and Candice Lanning with The Beautiful Mess, as well as two Food Stylists (Tami Hardeman and Heidi Billotto). Meanwhile, we had a food photographer, Lindsey Rose Johnson, in Idaho capturing all the finished recipe images (one for every recipe!) like the ones you see above. Oh and I most definitely knew I’d need help with hair and makeup so I pulled in Kymm McLean again for that. Here’s most of the crew (minus Lindsey and Kymm)…
As you can see, even though Dan is fairly tall, he is not afraid of the ladder! We pretty much got used to being followed around by their cameras and even roped in some friends to join us on occasion (for dinner party and picnic photos). We were lucky enough to have some great backdrops to choose from including Renfrow Farms which is close by in Matthews, NC (where the flower field picture was taken).
Everything went off without a hitch except for the worst part, according to my 5th grader, which was when she saw someone she actually knew during our Farmers’ Market photos. You know how pretty much anything can be embarrassing at that age LOL … I can only imagine how she felt! We all survived the 10,000 photos in the end though, including her. :)
Reserve Your Copy Today!
Even though my new On a Budget book won’t officially hit shelves until August, you can go ahead and reserve your copy now if you’d like. If you do, not only will it ensure you get the lowest price available between now and publication, but it will also give retailers an idea of how many to stock before the big day. So a win-win for you both in my opinion! Simply choose from one of the retailers below to secure your copy, and, as always, thank you for your support! I can’t wait to get this book in the hands of those that I wrote it for. :)