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Cheapskate in the Kitchen Paperback – 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (1997)
  • ASIN: B000OTNKYK
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Mary Hunt is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 23 books, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle debt. She is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living, a highly regarded and popular consumer organization consisting of an interactive website, monthly newsletter and personal finance tools. Hunt's books have sold more than one million copies, and her syndicated daily newspaper column is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers nationwide. She speaks widely on consumer finance topics and has appeared on shows such as The Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in Southern California.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ivonne Wittig on February 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I did not find this book very helpful. There is an entire chapter dedicated to which expensive pots are the best to "invest" in (it seems the pricier the better, and I mean several hundred dollars, I actually went to stores and priced the recommended brands) and what kind of fancy kitchen gadgets are needed to create gourmet meals. I am not a professional chef, just a simple housewife that enjoys preparing simple, good-tasting meals for my family, the recipes here seem to be time-consuming and complicated. Not much money to be saved here!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My spouse is a professional gourmet cook who read this book with interest. The conclusion from our family gourmand? This is the perfect book for the home cook desiring to learn professional techniques so they can prepare restaurant quality meals at a fraction of the cost of dining in a fancy eatery.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While this book doesn't have the most frugal recipes I've ever seen, it does provide a way to eat gourmet food for a lot less than our family would have to spend if we went out for dinner at a nice restaurant. I don't use any of the recipes for our regular family dinner fare (we're on too tight of a budget for that), but I feel Cheapskate in the Kitchen taught me how to prepare better special occasion and company meals that won't break my budget as much as those special meals did before.
In the introduction of the book the author writes: "What kind of book is this, you ask? ... This is a book that will teach you how to get from Spaghetti-O's to Scallopini alla Marsala, culinarily speaking. It's for those who don't have the knowledge to be Cordon Bleu chefs, let alone the money to purchase expensive ingredients ... This is a book for those who yearn to prepare and present meals with all the style of Martha Stewart, the talent of Julia Child, the delightful wit of Graham Kerr and the enthusiasm of Jeff Smith. It's for those who go on day after day, secretly wishing and yearning to be fine gourmet cooks, but find themselves stuck in the macaroni-and-cheese rut."
Since that pretty welll describes me when I first read the book, I guess the author hit her target because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to admit that we still eat mac-and-cheese quite often, but I now have a better concept of how to prepare more gourmet-type meals than I did before reading this book. Plus, the book itself is so inexpensive, I think it was definitely worth adding to my bookshelf.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sagekat on November 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I agree should have been called "Cheapskate Gourmet" or something like that. I did not find a book chock-full of big money-saving tips like I was hoping for. It's mostly a gourmet cookbook with tips that help curb costs specifically of gourmet cooking. I'm sure this book will save me money if it helps curb our habit of eating out, but it would probably increase grocery bill of a family already cooking at home.
I also am not thrilled at the paperback novel publishing type, with the small print, and binding that's hard to keep open. I'm sure it kept the book affordable, but it's not ideal for a cookbook!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I expected to find a book of recipes and ideas that were encouraging to those truly working with a limited budget in the kitchen. Instead, I found her recipes and thoughts to be more upscale. I was especially disheartened to read of her view of potlucks and how distasteful they are to her. Those of us who are raising a family on limited means, generally look forward to those occasions where we have an opportunity to gather with others and share friendship over food. Overall, I found the book too upscale in opinions and dishes for my tastes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Red Fern on September 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unless maybe you are a single person who eats out at fancy resturants, and would like to consider this an alternative. Then again, that is if you could only understand half of the recipe directions! This book is the only ... thing you will be getting out of it. Not at all worth the money, (good thing I checked it out at the library before buying it), I would reccomend either The complete Tightwad Gazette, or Not Just Beans anytime before I would this book!!!!
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