I’ve recently been in the midst of a great cooking hiatus, struggling to feed myself due to mental illness and—I don’t know—a global pandemic. I was drawn to this book because of its title, and it ended up being exactly what I’ve been looking for. The author, Leanne Brown, had been severely depressed after the publication of her beloved first book, Good and Cheap, constantly nauseous throughout her pregnancy and then overwhelmed as a new mother—of course she was having trouble feeding herself, too. This book is meant for people who are overwhelmed and just need something good enough to eat. Recommended by Mary.
After writing and launching Good and Cheap, the cookbook with a social purpose that has over 500,000 copies in print, Leanne Brown went into a tailspin. She was burnt out and depressed, and fell into a pattern of using guilt and fear to get herself back into facing the day. Her dream of becoming a cookbook author was turning into a nightmare. Something had to change.