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Thesis Turned Cookbook Helping Million+

What do eggs, dried beans, rice, oatmeal, yoghurt, and seasonal vegetables all have in common?  They are food staples in Good and Cheap, a cookbook designed to help people live on $4/day.  For her master’s thesis at New York University, Leanne Brown challenged herself to create affordable, healthy, and tasty meals for students, seniors, people on food stamps, and anyone else on a tight budget.

Good and Cheap Book Covers

In her own words, “I wanted to make something that not only summed up the work I had done during my studies, but also had a useful life outside of academia…it bothered me that so many ideas for fixing the food system leave out the poor: it seemed like they didn’t have a voice in the food movement. I wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself.”

Her thesis turned kickstarter project has resulted in one million+ free or discounted cookbooks.

Mouthwatering recipes include:

  • Broiled Grapefruit
  • Cold (and Spicy?) Asian Noodles
  • Cornmeal Crusted Veggies
  • Brussels Sprout Hash and Eggs
  • Potato Leek Pizza
  • Black-Eyed Peas and Collards
  • Half-Veggie Burgers
  • Coconut Chocolate Cookies

Inspired to try out some of these recipes?  You can download a free copy of Good & Cheap or purchase a print copy (and a second copy will be donated)

Publishing Your Work

You’ve finished the work, and you’re proud of it (as you should be!). But then you begin to wonder: now how do I get this thing published?

Whether you’re looking to sharpen your work through revision, focus on the craft of writing, learn the ins and outs of academic publishing, or focus on online writing, the UI&U Library has you covered. Below is a sample selection of titles to help you polish–and perhaps even publish–your work. For further assistance in accessing similar titles, please feel free to contact us.

Academic Publishing

From Dissertation to Book by Germano

The academic writer’s toolkit by Berger

Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books by Germano

Writing for Academic Journals by Murray

The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing by Rocco

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Mainstream Publishing

Indie Design: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book edited by Lupton

Book Publishing Encyclopedia: Tips & Resources for Authors and Publishers by Poynter

The Making of a Bestseller: Success Stories from Authors and the Editors, Agents, and Booksellers Behind Them by Hill and Power

Publishing Confidential: The Insider’s Guide to What it Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal by Brown

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Stay Current with Journals in your Field

Reading the top journals in your field is a great way to stay up-to-date, and the UI&U Library is full of free, peer-reviewed journals!

Popular journals in the library’s collection include: Academy of Management Review, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Signs, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Human Lactation, Police Chief, Research on Social Work Practice, and the American Political Science Review.

Your librarians are ready to help you find the right journals for you, and to set-up alerts so new issues are delivered straight to your inbox!  There is also a journals alert tutorial in the Library Help Center.

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Proofreading Hint for Papers and Email

The Microsoft Office 2010 Speak (text-to-speech) feature can be used to proofread papers in MS Word and emails in MS Outlook.

Add the Speak Icon (one time)

1) Open MS Word or Outlook
2) In the top, left-hand corner you will see several icons.  Usually a save icon, undo/redo icons, and a black arrow pointing down, which is the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button.
3) Go to: Customize Quick Access Toolbar button > More Commands > Change default “Popular Commands” to “All Commands”
4) Scroll down and highlight the “Speak” option
5) Click “Add >>”
6) Click “OK” to return to the document




Use the Speak Button

1)    Highlight the text you want read aloud or use the keyboard shortcut Control+A to highlight the entire document
2)    Click the Speak button on the Quick Toolbar

Word document with text and speak icon highlighted







To view a demonstration of the Speak tool, please watch the view below.


Predatory Publishers

Are you planning on publishing?  Then you should be aware that not all academic publishers are reputable.  One helpful tool in avoiding shady publishers is Beall’s List.  Jeffrey Beall is a University of Colorado Librarian who maintains a list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”

Here is Beall’s List of publishers to avoid.

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Danger Sign by Jonathan Gill (Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0)