Wildly Affordable Organic

By Linda Watson
(Da Capo Lifelong Books, Paperback, 9780738214689, 272pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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Buy Green. Eat Green. Save Green. If you've wanted to eat like it matters but felt you couldn't afford it, "Wildly Affordable Organic" is for you. It's easy to think that "organic" is a code word for "expensive," but it doesn't have to be. With these ingenious cooking plans and healthy, satisfying recipes, Linda Watson reveals the incredible secret of how you can eat well every day--from blueberry pancakes for breakfast to peach pie for dessert--averaging less than two dollars a meal. Get ready for wild savings You'll discover how to: Ease your family into a greener lifestyle with the 20-minute starter planGo organic on just $5 a day--or go thrifty and spend even lessTake advantage of your freezer and freeze your costsFind the best deals at your local farmers' market or grocery storeCook easy, scrumptious, seasonal dishes from scratch Packed with tips for streamlining meals, from shopping and cooking to washing dishes, this book shows how sustainable living is within everyone's reach. Slow global warming with delicious dinners? Lose weight, save money, and save the polar bears at the same time? When you live the "Wildly Affordable Organic" way, it is possible Join the movement to change the way you eat--and keep the change.

About the Author
Linda Watson is a food evangelist: convinced we can make the world a better place by voting with our forks. She started the Cook for Good project after becoming obsessed with the National Food Stamp Challenge: living on a dollar a meal per person for a week. Her three-week experiment became a lifestyle, the website CookforGood.com, the book Wildly Affordable Organic and the Wildly Good Cook videos. Her story took a romantic turn recently when she wrote the comic romance Fifty Weeks of Green: Romance & Recipes. She blogs for Mother Earth News, teaching cooking classes and gives talks on thrift, sustainability, and creating your dream life.

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  1. In the first chapter, Linda describes her first shopping trip on a dollar-a-meal budget. What made it difficult? What would you have done differently? How has the way you shop and cook changed with your financial circumstances?

Praise For Wildly Affordable Organic

Library Journal, 4/22/11 “Watson demonstrates realistic ways to cook inexpensively yet healthfully without living in the kitchen. Well written and full of useful ideas and tips…Verdict: With the twin concerns of health and food costs very much on consumers' minds lately, this is likely to be popular.”

Kirkus Reviews, 5/15/11“A unique addition to the genre, this sustainable take on everyday meal planning is both practical and contemporary.” Portland Oregonian, 6/7/11“Most of the recipes are simple and time-saving, offering lots of options for on-the-go people.” Technorati.com, 6/27/11“[A] strong introduction to organic cooking, offering recipes that will appeal to vegetarians, vegans, and people who just happen to love fruits and veggies. The money-saving and health benefits are added value.”  Tucson Citizen, 7/1/11“Part cookbook and part shopping guide, Watson gives readers the tools they need to eat well and reduce their impact on the environment without spending top dollar.” InfoDad.com, 7/7/11“Most useful for its shopping information and its well-constructed once-a-month, seasonal shopping lists; these are what elevate it above standard advocacy books and above other cookbooks containing recipes similar to the ones here.”

Girlfriendbooks.com, 7/20/11“Remarkable.”

USA Weekend, 7/17/11 “Secret weapon.”

Grandparents.com, 8/2/11"Try [these recipes], and you’ll see that organics can be an attainable and delicious option for your family.”

San Francisco Book Review, August 2011“Watson's recipes are simple, her methods make sense, and readers are left wanting to put her ideas into action.”

Curled Up with a Good Book“Armed with this book and Watson’s tips, strategies, and clear-eyed investigation, anyone with a sincere desire to eat well on a tight budget can easily and quickly transition to just such a healthy lifestyle…Wildly Affordable Organic is something of an epiphany, what with the detailed budget and expenses included and the vast array of possibilities. This one should be required reading in high school Life Skills classes and for every household.”

Midwest Book Review, August 2011“This book tells how to eat healthy on three dollars a day and packs in tips for healthy organic food preparation on a budget, from menus and recipes to shopping and food options. Health and culinary collections as well as general and homeowner libraries will relish this approach.”

Prevention, October 2011“The barriers to cooking organic—hefty price tags, hours over a hot stove—vanish, thanks to these quick, delicious meals you can make for less than $5 a day.”

WastedFood.com, 9/8/11WAO carves out a neat niche in the crowded cookbook world. That’s partly because it is a smorgasbord: Part manifesto, part food-purchasing guide, part cookbook, part dispenser of kitchen savvy. I’m guessing anyone can find one, if not more, useful feature to the book.” Energy Times, 10/4/11“Supplies nearly 100 recipes that will let you eat well organically without breaking the bank.”  Internet Review of Books, 10/13/11“Useful for somebody new to frugal cooking and healthy eating.” January magazine, 12/16/11“Best Books of 2011,” Cookbooks category. “The book is so much more than a cookbook, it’s a whole lifestyle plan…[It] is so jammed full of great ideas and advice, I would say it would be impossible not to let it color some aspect of the way you and your family think about food…This is simply fascinating stuff. TidalCreek.coop, 2/1/12 “Someone on a food stamp budget or just wanting to economize will gain a lot from this book.” Culinate.com, 2/1/12“[One of] the most comprehensive books in the eat-better-for-less genre.” Pesticides and You, Winter Issue“It’s a myth buster for those who want to but are unsure that they can afford to eat certified organic food, those who dismiss organic as food for the elite, or those who don’t think they have the time to cook…The book provides the reader with a succinct explanation of why the act of shopping for food is among the most important steps that we can collectively take to save the planet.”

Today’s Dietitian, May 2012 “Watson succinctly explains concepts such as portion control, minimizing food waste, practical planning, how to best freeze food for later, shopping strategies, simple gardening, and food preparation tips…I’d recommend this book to both nutrition professionals and anyone looking to simplify, save money, shrink their carbon footprint, and incorporate more plant foods in delicious ways.”

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