If you're super broke
A Man, a Can, a Plan: 50 Great Guy Meals Even You Can Make!
by David Joachim
I'm not sure what a "guy meal" is, but I do know a good deal when I see one. Whether you're hoarding for the apocalypse or just so hungover you can't make it further than the corner bodega, Joachim's recipes are as straightforward and wallet-friendly as it gets. Also, there's an entire section dedicated to SpaghettiOs.
Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day
by Leanne Brown
Ditch the wrapper and let Leanne Brown show you how you can make three square meals for less than you'd spend at the drive-thru. With an eye towards health and nutrition, Brown's 200-page ode to miserdom leaves no stone unturned, including a boatload of money-saving grocery-shopping hacks and efficiency-boosting cooking techniques.
Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars
by Clifton Collins Jr. & Gustavo "Goose" Alvarez
Incarcerated or not, everyone loves instant ramen. When actor Clifton Collins Jr. and longtime buddy (and ex-felon) Gustavo "Goose" Alvarez set out to create the world's most extensive ramen noodle cookbook, they could never have anticipated the sheer number of diverse, delicious, and insanely creative recipes they'd find behind bars. It's worth a read for the ingenuity alone -- that, and because Samuel L. Jackson wrote the forward.
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Meredith Heil is a staff writer for Thrillist. Born sinner, the opposite of a winner, she remembers when she used to eat sardines for dinner. Follow her at @mereditto.