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Homemade for the Homeless

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Homemade for the Homeless is a book (or pamphlet) printed on the cheap and distributed at homeless shelters. It is a cookbook. Rather than tantalize the unfortunate vagrant who reads it with descriptions of delicious delicacies, the book takes a more pedestrian approach to cooking. It contains recipes that can be made with cheap, widely available ingredients, and without the use of a kitchen. So instead of using, say, whole wheat flour, the book would suggest crushing a handful of Triscuits. And instead of an oven, the book might have the reader utilize the heat from a burning trash can.
DrWorm, Mar 06 2010

bums life bums_20life
this is a subset of this [afinehowdoyoudo, Mar 07 2010]

Homeless Survival Guide http://www.amazon.c...ernet/dp/0972311025
"This is a practical how-to guide based on actual experiences of homeless people on how to survive the daily rigors of the street -- how to secure shelter, food, security, transportation, healthcare and all necessities of homeless life." [Klaatu, Mar 12 2010]

101 Ways to Make Ramen - Cookbook http://www.amazon.c...kbook/dp/0962633526
"WARNING: Ramen Nachos WILL, in fact, gag a maggot. Some of the dessert and breakfast ones are not only edible but actually taste really good." [Klaatu, Mar 12 2010]


       It's Baked (or, rather, heated over a fire of twigs and scrap wood) and it's called the Boy Scout's Cook Book. Full of useful and nourishing recipes using minimal ingredients, for survival purposes.   

       Widely known to exist.
8th of 7, Mar 06 2010

       That's all well and good, 8th, but what if you're allergic to Boy Scouts?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 06 2010

       Yes, [8th of 7], the Boy Scout's is fine, but does it really function well in an urban environment? I mean, would it include "Diet Dr. Pepper from broken vending machine" as an ingredient?
DrWorm, Mar 06 2010

       So, there are lots of squab and squirrel recipes? Sewer Rat Stew for more adventurous home-challenged gourmands?
jurist, Mar 07 2010

       Stone soup?   

       I wrote a couple recipes for a food pantry, who wanted suggestions on how to serve canned veggies and meats. It is a sad kind of joy to participate in such a thing.
dentworth, Mar 07 2010

       What I don't understand is the complete and utter myth that the homeless are stupid, and need a guide such as this, as implied in this idea.
I find this demeaning, and rather snobbish.

       There are homeless folks every where with degrees, and that have been educated in the best of schools.
Being homeless has nothing to do with being of lower intelligence. That is a very common misrepresentation carried on by the ignorance of the housed.

       If jutta had bigger fishy bones lying around, I'd throw one towards you.
blissmiss, Mar 07 2010

       Egads! I didn't mean to demean the homeless. I simply want to provide recipes that can be made, like I said, with limited funds and no kitchen. And I know that busted vending machines are uncommon. Well, whatever. It says "Politically incorrect" right there in the summary. Bring on the bones, if need be!
DrWorm, Mar 07 2010

       It's the subtleties of tone in this one. "unfortunate vagrant", " more pedestrian", "heat from a burning trash can" are some of the condescension.
rcarty, Mar 07 2010

       My grandmother has several of these Depression recipes. Tasty food that could be made with things you could still buy in the thirties.   

       Doesn't sound good, but try this.   

       1 can corned beef
1 can tomato paste + 2 cans of water
Chopped onions, garlic and whatever else you like, simmer until thickened. Season to taste as a pasta sauce.
We have it a few times a month still.

       Thanks Gram.   

       C'mon folks, get off your high horses. It is a perfectly well-intentioned idea, even if not commercially viable, and very likely unnecessary.   

       I like the recipes that [dentworth] and [2 Fries]' grandmother would have contributed, too, even though they might have been seen elsewhere. I would also be happy to add a few of my own "Desperation Dinners".
jurist, Mar 07 2010

       Hobo cooking is not so much about the recipe, as it is about using what you can find locally, and having a place and tools for cooking and eating. Although it's true that certain foods are easier to carry and use on the road than others, so recipes that focus on how to use those might be helpful.
afinehowdoyoudo, Mar 07 2010

       //There are homeless folks every where with degrees, and that have been educated in the best of schools.//   

       My instincts agree with [Bliss], but I am not sure whether this is a truth or a nice myth. [Bliss] what's your source?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 08 2010

       There are articles in newspapers all the time about this subject.( Homeless people who hold degrees.) Maybe we have a culture gap here. I sense a lot of the misreads by many recently, self included, have forgotten there is a huge difference between the US and other nations, in some aspects of our cultures.
blissmiss, Mar 08 2010

       And my point is that the homeless are not as undereducated as some might think. You just shored up what I'm saying by making the point that a degree doesn't necessarily guarantee you a lifetime of cushy jobs, or homes. We are discussing the homeless and their degree of degrees here, not if a degree will get you any where. Ones mind does wonder. But I get what your saying.
blissmiss, Mar 08 2010

       Not a survival guide, a gourmet cookbook. As to your assertion that I don't have what it takes to live on the streets", well, let this idea be no indication of that. The examples I used were just whatever occured to me at the moment.
DrWorm, Mar 08 2010

       food and bed vouchers issued and redeemed by shelters/missions (not regular restaurants and hotels: that's another existing waste-of-money idea), purchased and dispensed by regular people. Tax deductible of course.
FlyingToaster, Mar 08 2010

       Water is a key ingredient and can be difficult to get. If you have to fill 2-liter bottles from a tiny bathroom sink you will wish for a good-sized mug that pours a steady stream.   

       //broken vending machine// = dumpster behind businesses with broken business model: money- laundering, book-cooking, employee fraud. Best deals are had when you can afford to take it or leave it!11
afinehowdoyoudo, Mar 09 2010

       ...besides which a book would be just another thing for a homeless person to carry around. Not that I think it's such a terrible idea, but homeless folks are pretty resourceful to say the least. If they aren't - they don't usually make it anyway. I saw a documentary about people who lived under the streets in NYC and they were pretty amazing people and had all kinds of stuff to use. Stuff that *normal*? people through away all the time!
xandram, Mar 09 2010

       At camp every year they do a 'hobo breakfast' at the train tracks, which consists of cooking an egg and some sausage with a candle and a coffee can.
RayfordSteele, Mar 09 2010

       An idea: "A survival guide for homeles: a workable way out of vagrancy.", written and distributed by an acclaimed institution.
Inyuki, Mar 09 2010

       This is all too general. 'Homeless' encompasses such a broad range of people that the term is essentailly meaningless beyond describing "any state in which a person is without a home". Think of all the interesting situations that may lead to a person not having anywhere to live temporarily. I'm sure many social services agencies provide specific "survival" type guides for specific folk.
rcarty, Mar 10 2010

       It would probably sell very well in Zimbabwe.
Riki, Mar 10 2010

       At $19.95*10^13 Zimbabwe dollars.
RayfordSteele, Mar 10 2010

       Yup. "It's the Economy, Stupid !"   

       Oh, wait ...
8th of 7, Mar 10 2010

       <Crosses out Rhodesia on world map>
rcarty, Mar 12 2010


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