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Poor Girl Gourmet by Amy McCoy

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Tournedo Gorge by Kathi Inman Berens

Food Remix by Michelle Ellsworth

Interview with Darra Goldstein

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In the Most Unlikely Places by Jason Bell

The Birthplace of the Tomato by David Wanczyk

Pot Luck by Cindy McCain

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Poor Girl Gourmet

by Amy McCoy

Alimentum is delighted to present Amy McCoy speaking about her book and blog and the story behind them. Amy is also featured this month on our "Food Blog Favs," so make sure to check out her latest adventures in and out of the kitchen. Here's Amy herself, introducing her talk, which took place at the Harvard Bookstore on September 6, 2012.

Many times, when we’re going through a change – especially one that feels more like it’s happening to us rather than of our choosing – we can’t help but assume that it’s for the worse. That was my initial reaction as I watched my freelance work dry up in 2008, and with it, my income. In time, though, it became clear that it was exactly the push that I needed.

All that newly free time, coupled with a diminished bank account, forced me to be creative, not only with filling that free time (one needs to be busy in order to not become depressed – especially when not gainfully employed), but with making the best of an otherwise frightening situation. The loss of work freed me to be creative, to more fully embrace what I loved – making and sharing good food and good stories – and ultimately led to the realization of a long-held, seemingly unattainable dream, to write about food, relationships, nostalgia, and to share recipes for seasonal, from-scratch, budget-conscious meals.

Editor's note: we've cued the talk to start after the introduction and Amy's opening interaction with the audience, when the sound-levels of the video are consistent.