The Frugal Gourmet

A controversial video teaches the homeless what to eat on the streets

IN THE AGE OF INSTANT INFORMATION, THE HARD facts on everything from coping with troubled toddlers to touring Nepal are just a video-club membership away. But in Orange County, Calif., the how-to tape has gone beyond providing a sort of microwave education for the perpetually preoccupied. Last week former nurse Linda Dunlap ran into both praise and scorn for a video she produced to teach homeless men and women how to scavenge the trash for contaminant-free food. Staged in a talk-show format, the tape is five parts useless banter and one part helpful instruction. Warnings include avoiding discarded dairy products and...

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