These days, we can all use some self care and Leanne Brown is here to talk about healing ourselves through cooking. To start the new year off on a good note, we're also going to really lean into the idea of doing good for yourself and doing good for others with a limited time one-for-one donation -- when you buy a copy of GOOD ENOUGH, a copy of GOOD AND CHEAP will be donated to someone who needs it at a local organization (to be named soon!). Leanne will be in conversation with Heather Hogan.
About the Author:
Leanne Brown was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list, won the prestigious IACP Judge’s Choice Award, and was listed among the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Food & Wine and Fortune magazines, an honor that recognizes visionaries who are working to change how we look at food. She has given talks to packed audiences at universities, food banks, farmers’ markets, and community events in more than 40 cities throughout the country, including SXSW. She delivered the keynote address at BlogHer Food 2015, the world’s largest celebration of women content creators across social media and the web. Along the way, she has drawn praise from luminaries including Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and Jamie Oliver. The Canadian-born author now lives in New York with her husband and daughter.
About the Book:
Leanne Brown’s IACP award-winning, New York Times bestselling cookbook Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day showed that kitchen skill, not budget, is the key to great food. Helping those with limited funds—particularly those living on the US food stamp allotment of $4.00 a day—eat whole, unprocessed foods while discovering the joys of a homecooked meal, the accessible and adaptable content changed the notion of what a cookbook could be and how it could make a difference.
Now, Brown is back with a new message in GOOD ENOUGH: A Cookbook, a groundbreaking book that approaches food and cooking through the lens of self-care, mental health, and self-forgiveness. Virtually everyone has been there: eating handfuls of nuts over the sink and cold pizza for breakfast, lacking the motivation to pull together a meal even when there are groceries in the refrigerator. Whereas Good and Cheap tackles budget as an obstacle to eating well, Good Enough tackles the emotional barriers. Brown aptly observes that one huge hurdle to feeding ourselves can be believing we are not worth the effort it takes to cook. But Brown maintains that we all deserve to eat well every day (even if that means having a cheese plate for dinner), and she shows us how. A deeply personal cookbook, Good Enough is filled with essays that delve into the feelings that surround food—anxiety, self-doubt, guilt—all with Brown’s overarching message that “if you cook with self-compassion, you can enjoy the experience, appreciate the great meals, laugh at the not-so-great ones, and generally live your cooking life with way less fear.”
Along with these heartfelt essays are 100 flexible, soul-satisfying recipes that are exercises in culinary self-compassion, from Citrus Refresher Pasta to Jalapeño Honey Biscuits to Cozy Cold-Weather Bolognese and Lemon Poppyseed Drizzle Cakes. Ever mindful of reducing the reader’s stress, each recipe features an ingenious little TL;DR—too long; didn’t read—summary at the top. And “Feeling Adventurous?” suggestions will inspire cooks to change things up or toss in ingredients they may have on hand.
Good Enough is about realizing cooking is not easy, but it’s worth it. It’s about knowing it’s okay to not cook a gourmet feast every night nor is it necessary to have a picture-perfect pantry and fully stocked fridge to make good food. There are no judgments here.
Heather Hogan is a Brooklyn-based life coach, meditation teacher, and death doula. Focusing on mindfulness and a holistic approach, her one-on-one client work aids others in what it means to explore the Inner World, and how that exploration can make life richer. Based in western psychological techniques, paired with Buddhist meditation and mindfulness practices, her work integrates spirit, mind, and body on the journey to support her clients in creating a life where authenticity meets fulfillment in a realistic way.