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GOOD AND CHEAP is a gorgeous cookbook for tight budgets. The PDF is free—and the print version is the #1 cookbook ever on Kickstarter. The bigger, better, cheaper 2nd edition is in bookstores now! For every copy sold, we donate one to someone in need.
GOOD AND CHEAP is a gorgeous cookbook for tight budgets. The PDF is free—and the print version is the #1 cookbook ever on Kickstarter. The bigger, better, cheaper 2nd edition is in bookstores now! For every copy sold, we donate one to someone in need.
5,636 backers pledged $144,681 to help bring this project to life.


Posted by Leanne Brown (Creator)

Hi, pals!

This weekend was a doozy. On Friday, we received a shipment of 8,184 copies of Good and Cheap — more than 4.5 tons of books! We also received 6,400 padded envelopes in which to ship the books to all you fine people. I must say I was unprepared for the sight of this many boxes.

Nearly 30 wonderful and generous volunteers joined us to stuff, seal, and stamp all the envelopes. Many stayed for so long that I bet their forearms are just as sore as mine still are today. Did you know you have a special set of muscles for folding things, and that those muscles can get pretty sore? The things you learn!

Other cool things we learned:

1. Renting a 16-foot truck in Manhattan is possible, if not advisable.

2. Driving that 16-foot truck and packing it with pallets of books is surprisingly OK, especially if the building guys handle the pallet jacks. (Man, what skill!)

3. Backing the truck up to a loading dock is tougher.

4. No matter how many times you meet with USPS, you will always somehow be told you have made errors. Bear the pain with as much grace as possible, be as kind as possible, and move on.

American orders: shipped!

Bottom line: On Monday, we delivered 5,024 individual American orders to the post office — for everyone who gave us their address before last Wednesday, Sept 17. If you gave me your address after that, I'll ship it out in my next weekly batch.

And today, the very first copies arrived in a few people's mailboxes!

The rest should arrive shortly, although they'll take a few days or maybe even a few weeks, so please be patient. When you get yours, would you mind posting a photo on your favorite social-media site? See below for details.

International orders: ready to ship!

Meanwhile, last night, we finished labeling the 875 international orders, and we'll start taking them to the post office in the morning.

Sorry for the slight delay with those: glitches with the postal software resulted in a bunch of messed-up labels. Did you know that USPS's software for generating international labels can't even handle the accent in Québec? Think about how it does with Finnish, Turkish, or Japanese. Yeah.

Anyway, all the international orders will be out by the end of the week. Thanks for your patience.

Non-profit orders: already arriving!

We've also shipped hundreds of boxes — nearly 11,000 copies — to non-profits directly from the printer in Wisconsin. Many of these are the copies you donated, and the first of them are starting to arrive:

In a few weeks, once more of their orders have come in, I'll share a list of all the great organizations who got copies.

They have been very thankful, so let me pass that along: thank you.

Social media extravaganza!

For those of you who use social media, we have a favor to ask.

1. Can you please share pictures of yourself with your book when you get it?

2. If you can, add a little story about where you live or what you're doing with the book.

3. Use the hashtag #goodandcheap. If you're on Facebook, please post to the Good and Cheap page.

Then we can make some kind of awesome collage of Good and Cheap love!

Final thoughts

This week has felt like a colossal step forward. I'm feeling tremendously grateful to all of you for giving me the opportunity to do this project. I can't wait for all of you to get your books and I'm even more excited to show you how many other people you have made happy through your generosity.

Thank you, everyone!


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    1. Paul Schleicher on

      Sorry that I have not written sooner .. received my copy .. Fantastic!! Like the size and feel that it is a soft cover an not hard ... cannot wait to start using it ....

    2. Leanne Brown Creator on

      Thanks for all the wonderful comments, everybody! I'm so glad you like it — I love making people happy. David, yes, I still have a few copies left, and you can order more here:

      Thanks for all your support!

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      David Waite on

      Wow! Leanne et al - congratulations!! 5-star all the way through - magnificent book!

      Coincidentally, Treehugger has a current story on the self-same topic:

      With respect, while studies are important, Leanne deserves that second master's degree as proposed by John Ferguson (below). In this case action does speak louder than words.

      Is this press run done? Would love to order more for Christmas gifts...

    4. Joe Marrocco on

      This book is so wonderful in so many ways. I want to give one to everyone I know.

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      Deborah Trevithick on

      I received my copy yesterday. Beautiful cookbook and great sounding recipes. Kudos.

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      John Ferguson on

      You are a machine! Yours is one of the few Kickstarter projects I have invested in that produced a beautiful product, as described, on time. Remarkable! NYU should give you two master's degrees, one in food science and the other in business administration. Congratulations! Job well done.

    7. Anna Watson Carl on

      I just got my copy!! Thank you!! So exciting – and man, what a job!!! I have a (much smaller) version of this scenario happening in early November :) You're an inspiration. xo

    8. Holly on

      Yay! This is so exciting!


      Excellent! Can't wait to get my copy. Could you even imagine it would come to this when you started this adventure? HUGE success story. Congrats.

    10. Dave Rogers on

      Man, Kickstarter needs to get together with Amazon to utilize their shipping program. That's a lot of work! :) Nice job!

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      Macnyc on

      Just opened mine up in the elevator - even BEFORE I saw the e-Mail! Big congratulations - can't wait to peruse it in the morning and will definitely post on FB. I've mentioned the book to several teachers who all seemed very interested. Thanks for the effort and best of luck!

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      Sharon Denney on

      Congratulations! what an awesome adventure. Can't wait for my book.... I know I'll want to get more later. You're an inspiration to many. Take care of those sore muscles!

    13. Kaydee Kreitlow on

      Mad props for shipping in a timely manner! I look forward to getting my book! I love the PDF, but there's nothing like having a real cookbook in your hands :)

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      Mycroft on

      I've done a lot of non-profit bulk mailings. I know the pain. Congrats on getting it together!

    15. Dave Marsh on

      Way to go! This is a great project. Can't wait. Cheers!

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      Robert Rodday

      Congrats on the accomplishment! Can't wait to see it!

    17. Lisa Plotnik on

      I can't wait to see the final product and get started cooking!

    18. Seth Burke on

      You guys are amazing, can't wait!