It's a pleasure to introduce Amy McCoy as featured speaker during the Eating on a Budget session at IFBC in New Orleans!
Amy McCoy is the author of Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget (Andrews McMeel, 2010). The Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook arose from the Poor Girl Gourmet blog, which Amy began in October 2008 when work in her first career as a broadcast producer of graphics and promos for cable networks dried up, and she found herself with an increasingly diminished bank account. Not wanting to sacrifice her food standards, she set forth to make high-quality food on a tiny budget and documented each meal. The blog led to the book, which features recipes serving at least four for $15 or less, a chapter of "splurges" - company-worthy entrees that serve four for $15-$30, a chapter on value wines, and a menu planner to help craft complete meals from the recipes in the book while staying on budget.
Amy is the chairperson of Slow Food Rhode Island. She and her husband, JR, live on a tiny gentleman's farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, where they have kept bees for honey since 2000, have raised hens for eggs since 2004, maintain a large vegetable and herb garden, and have recently started raising heritage chickens and turkeys for meat. They are committed to supporting local farmers and farm stands, and have found that shopping local and shopping on a budget are not mutually exclusive.