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Gwyneth Paltrow vs SNAP Challenge

America knows too much about Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress has divulged that she no longer maintains her pubic hair, recommends vaginal steaming for everyone who has one, suggests “conscious uncoupling” (because “divorce” is such an ugly word), and, through her online lifestyle magazine Goop, a $6,500 pink trench coat. Goop ostensibly promotes “food, shopping, and mindfulness,” and for someone who makes an estimated $19 million annually, it’s a matter of scale. Through her oversharing, she says and does a lot that incurs public wrath.  Last…

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What’s for Dinner, Po’ Folks?

What’s for dinner, Po’ Folks? Last summer Leanne Brown, a grad student in food science at New York University, released a cookbook. A lavishly illustrated cookbook with healthy, delicious recipes that anyone with computer access could download for free. Best part? This is a cookbook designed for Po’ Folks – specifically people who have only $4 per person per day to spend on food. Brown created “Good and Cheap” for families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the program formerly known as “food stamps.”…

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Larry and Laban created a cooking show like no other - for Po' Folks.

“Cookin’ Cheap” Revisited

In 1981, an entirely new kind of cooking show burst onto the scene. Hosted by Larry Bly and Earl “Laban” Johnson, Jr., “Cookin’ Cheap” destroyed the elitist paradigm of all cooking shows that preceded it and most that came after it. Po’ Folks, remember that this was 1981. There was no Food Network with 24-7 coverage of cupcake wars and food truck makeovers and people eating insects. Larry and Laban are a couple of unlikely Southern boys from Roanoke, Virginia who take cooking to unprecedented…

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