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Alt Wire with Guest Blogger Andrew Lam of New America Media

Alt Wire is a morning digest of links and information collected and explained by a different guest blogger every weekday. Today's guest is Andrew Lam of New America Media, (check back tomorrow for media activist Joshua Breitbart ): 

Andrew Lam at PENThe new economy may be forcing Americans towards a new diet—or at least a cheaper way to eat. Spam and mac & cheese are selling swiftly, but if you know where to look, there is plenty of advice on how to survive on a shrinking budget and still enjoy balanced and nutritious meals. 

Six Dollars a Day: John Handley is a young father searching for work while spending less than 6 dollars a day to survive in San Francisco. He writes about the experience at Youth outlook, a literary journal of youth life in the Bay Area.

Six Dollars and Fifty Cents a Day: Meanwhile, Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors has a piece over at Viet World Kitchen called How Would You Eat for $6.50 a Day? “The stock market may be bearish on mortgage-backed securities, but I'm bullish on home cooking,” Nguyen writes. “A good home cooked meal is always a safe bet, in good and bad times.”

The Korean Taco: In Los Angeles, the Korean taco is the rage. It's a combination of spicy bites of pork, chicken, or tofu and kimchi wrapped in soft taco shell and spiced with sesame chili salsa—all for $2 dollars a pop.

Frugality is Healthy: Last but not least check out The Cultural Defense: Frugality is Healthy and Wise, a piece I did that makes me very hungry for home cooking.

BIO: Andrew Lam is an editor at New America Media and the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora.

Previous Alt Wire Guests: Jessica Valenti, Jessica Hoffmann, Noah Scalin, Rinku Sen, Paddy Johnson, Melissa Mcewan,  Fatemeh Fakhraie , Joe Biel , Anne Elizabeth Moore