My dad, from whom I inherited my love of food and cooking, is a former gourmet chef, and I am a graduate student — which creates the difficult personal combination of high-quality taste and very little money. The typical small-budget response of skimping first on groceries has always seemed counterintuitive to me. Good food is important, even central, to a lifetime of wellness. It nourishes body and mind and builds friendship and community around countless dinner tables.
But what happens when you're in a constant state of near-bankruptcy? Having been a student for six years, I've curated a few simple strategies for eating well on a tight budget.