The new economy is forcing Americans to acquire a new diet, or at least a cheaper ways to eat. While Spam and mac & cheese boxes are selling swiftly, there are plenty of advises on how Americans can survive on a shrinking budget and how we can eat a balanced and nutritious meal on the cheap.
John Handley is a young father searching for work while spending less than $6 dollars a day in San Francisco. He wrote a column on how to do this on Youth Outlook http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=7f61e2f010749febcd7701bb35765661.
Meanwhile, Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors has a blog that with this headline: “How Would You Eat for $6.50 a Day?” on http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/2009/03/how-would-you-eat-for-650-a-day.html
“The stock market may be bearish on mortgage-backed securities, but I'm bullish on home cooking,” Nguyen noted. “A good home cooked meal is always a safe bet, in good and bad times.”
In LA the rage has been the Korean taco – a combination of spicy bites of pork, chicken, or tofu and kimchi wrapped in soft taco shell and spiced with sesame chili salsa. All for $2 dollars a pop. A Korean in Australia had the idea way back in 2007
(http://mykoreankitchen.com/2007/05/16/bulgogi-kimchi-taco/) but it only spreads beyond LA of late. Next stop: Korean tacos in New York.
Last but not least check out a piece I did for New America Media on the subject, with this headline: The Cultural Defense: Frugality is Healthy and Wise, which makes me very hungry for good home cooking. (http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=8afa9ec26ad4f1742008ffa554457913)