'Cuisine of the Necessary'
Peasant food is “the cuisine of the necessary,” as the food journalist Mark Bittman once put it. Take ratatouille for example. In the 18th century, rural French farmers came up with the vegetable stew — not to impress foodies or critics, but simply because they needed to use up their summer harvest.
It’s this no-nonsense approach to cooking — one that relies on cheap, hearty ingredients — that makes peasant dishes perfect for frugal home cooks. We’ve collected seven of Reddit’s favorite peasant recipes, all of which are flavorful and filling despite using cheap staples like rice, potatoes, and canned vegetables.