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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600851541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600851544
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,870,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

 

Less is more – except when it involves great food bought in bulk. It’s not hard to find extraordinary deals on a wide array of great ingredients at warehouse stores like Costco or at supercenters like Wal-Mart or Fred Meyer, but is it really a bargain if the food goes to waste – or if you run out of ideas for that giant jar of sun-dried tomatoes? Even the most creative cooks need help when it comes to using up what may be too much of a good thing (think oversize block of cheese). This collection of recipes from Fine Cooking magazine includes 75 inventive recipes created around 25 bulk food buys that are hard to resist. Step-by-step instructions, helpful hints and tips, plus full-color photographs will change the way savvy shoppers cook and eat.
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About the Author

Fine Cooking magazine is the one food magazine that's really about cooking - from shopping through your finished dishes. Its readers count on it for the best cooking advice around. The magazine features friendly, hands-on instruction from culinary experts and tried-and-true recipes that range from Tuesday-night easy to weekend-project special. "Fine Cooking" provides how-to information and unsurpassed inspiration for cooks at every skill level.

Customer Reviews

There are some nice recipes here but overall, the book doesn't work for me.
S. Turner
I was hoping to find something new here, but it's just a rip off of a better book: Big Food by Elissa Altman.
M. H. Kane
If this topic is what you are looking for, buy BIG FOOD and not its body double!
Authentic Foods

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Big Buy Cooking / 978-1-600-85154-4

I really like the premise of this book: cooks love the thrill of the hunt when shopping at bargain warehouses, so why not structure a whole book around how to create delicious meals with those bulk ingredients? The answer to that "why not" seems to lie in the major flaw of this book - there's just too much ground to cover with such a huge subject like this.

The book is structured around main ingredients - each ingredient has three accompanying recipes. The obvious problem arises immediately: three recipes each for capers or brie or pine nuts may be sufficient, but three recipes for "bread" and "canned tomatoes" seems surprisingly limited - especially when two of those three tomato recipes are marinara and tomato soup! I can't disagree that those are solid ways to use canned tomatoes, but if you're looking for new ways to use up bulk tomatoes, you've probably thought of those two recipes already.

The pictures accompanying each recipe are lovely, and the layout of the recipe text is clear and well-organized, but the overall book layout is a bit strained due to this focus on the main ingredient - the recipes for any given item may be savory or sweet, an entree or an appetizer, etc. Looking through this book, I have to wonder how necessary this type of cookbook would be to anyone with internet access, now that every recipe site online has a "search by main ingredient" option.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EleAq on March 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to agree with the previous reviews. This subject was done, and done well, by Elissa Altman in her 2005 "Big Food". This book seems to be a pale substitute to a far better book. The Altman book was well-organized, provided a really interesting range of recipes, and was very funny to boot.
Stick with the original...you'll be better off.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Authentic Foods on March 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
How disappointing to see that this book is really NOTHING NEW and that it is an exact duplicate to another (better!) book by Elissa Altman that was published in 2005, called BIG FOOD. If this topic is what you are looking for, buy BIG FOOD and not its body double!
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Big Buy Cooking: The Food Lover's Guide to Buying in Bulk and Using It All Up, is a book for the times!

This gorgeous cooking/bulk buying book is a must for anyone who likes to shop `big' for savings, and cook, but waste nothing. With the advent of the `big buy stores' this book is not only timely, it is practical, the recipes user-friendly and the reading and presentation style fun and motivating.

Big Buy Cooking presents a new way to think about what is referred to as, `big box store purchases' that makes approaching large quantities of ingredients to prepare, an exciting and manageable proposition. This compelling volume yields bountiful, easy-to-prepare options whether you are purchasing a few bulk items or do so regularly.

When super bargain-priced items are screaming at you, are plentiful and ripe but you war with yourself over what to do with the large portions - this book takes over. If you've ever debated over purchasing that 2 lb Brie that is so reasonably priced it hurts to walk away but worried over what to do with half of it, Big Buy Cooking comes to the rescue. Each ingredient is used in at least 3 different dishes. From Brie in sandwiches and fondue to Mangoes used in salsa, salad and sorbet, the diversity is endless.

Big Buy Cooking is divided into sections for Pantry (with typically large quantity items such as jarred peppers, sun dried tomatoes and capers), Dairy, Bread, Meat & Fish and Vegetables & Fruit

Broken down into bite sizes, the recipes are pleasantly lacking in myriad ingredients and offer a selection of takes on large quantity items from produce and dairy to veggies, fruit, meat and more.
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In today's economy, it is imperative that you find ways to save money any way possible. Buying food in bulk portions is cheaper then purchasing small individual servings. It enables the purchaser a means to stock up their food pantry. Some may fear that buying large amounts will be hard to manage; the solution to this dilemma comes in the form of the book Big Buy Cooking: The Food Lover's Guide to Buying in Bulk and Using it All Up.

Big Buy Cooking: The Food Lover's Guide to Buying in Bulk and Using it All Up consists of 75 recipes. Each one offers a fresh new outlet to explore the way to use large quantities of food items. The recipes this book contains will turn anyone into a cooking genius.

This book appeals to me because it allowed me to gain the knowledge of how to purchase big cost saving quantities and then know how to turn them into mouth watering meals before they go to waste. Being single, it can be intimidating to purchase more than what you are accustomed to buying. This book gives you the confidence you need to purchase those large quantities knowing what the end result will offer.

Some of my favorite recipes that I tried included: Peach and blueberry galette, pan-friend southwestern has, and a tropical mango sorbet. Each one of these was simple to prepare and delivered unbelievable results.

For anyone who is looking to save on their monthly food bill there is no better book to add to your recipe collection. This book will pay for itself in gaining the knowledge needed to handle large food quantities. The initial investment will become a priceless collection to your cooking library.
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