Lewes resident Kristen Homan says she wrote her new cookbook out of necessity.
Homan found herself jobless during the recession, in foreclosure with three teenage children to feed and a grandbaby on the way. "Money in the Kitchen: How to Eat like a Queen on the Budget of a Peasant and Other Stories of Survival" s full of affordable recipes and creative ways to stretch dollars at the grocery store.
A former kitchen designer in the residential remodeling business, Homan said when the building boom went bust, so did her job.
Going from a salary of nearly $40,000 a year to unemployment, Homan said she lost her car and her house in upstate Delaware. As the breadwinner for her family, this mother got creative.
Her book is part cookbook, part saucy memoir told with tongue firmly in cheek, Homan said.
The result is a quick course on lowering food costs with creative solutions for feeding a family, she said.
"It was pretty scary at the time, I had three kids to feed and pay for," she said. "We made a lot of soup."
Homan includes recipes and tips for cooking with less-than-prize cuts of meat, such as pork neck bone, and taking advantage of relatively inexpensive, high-nutrient foods such as eggs or beans to keep dinner on the table.
In 85 pages, Homan engages readers with more than 80 recipes and five chapters such as, "This pot is legal," on one-pot suppers. Homan says she flavored the book with humor, comparing her style to Irma Bombeck and Chelsea Handler.
Now, nearly six years after she lost her job and started the book, Homan said, her life has stabilized. She moved to Lewes, got married and found a job, so she has been relieved of the overwhelming pressure that led her to write her book.
"Money in the Kitchen, How to Eat like a Queen on the Budget of a Peasant and Other Stories of Survival" is available on amazon.com and through other online retailers including xlibris.com.
Homan said she is planning to do demonstrations of her affordable recipes at Good Earth Market in Dewey Beach and has been contacted to work with the Food Bank of Delaware in the upcoming months.
For more information, call 302-858-1903, or go to Homan's Money in the Kitchen Facebook page.