Little did Leanne Brown know that a project for her Master’s degree in Food Studies at NYU would change her life — and the lives of thousands of others. Stunned by the number of Americans on food stamps, Brown asked herself, how well can someone really eat on the government-allotted $4-a-day. It was this question that inspired her to develop recipes made of whole, unprocessed foods that both promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring an inexpensive meal can be when made at home. In 2015, Brown compiled her creations into a cookbook, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day. Get to know this culinary innovator, and one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 2015” honorees.