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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470293365
  • ASIN: B003156AOG
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,207,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Perfectly timed for the current economy, Mattocks's book provides an assortment of approachable, repertoire-expanding recipes for affordable dinners. The author divides the recipes into practical chapters on popular foods: chicken, meat, fish, eggs, vegetarian dishes, a few desserts. Spices and international flavors keeps things interesting, and recipes like ginger chicken with avocado; Mom's Jamaican curry with dumplings, rice, & peas; pecan-crusted tilapia with mango-salsa salad and coconut rice; and ratatouille with couscous are tempting takes on everyday fare. Each recipe is keyed with a price for two or four servings, but unless readers have well-stocked spice cabinets and pantries, some of the estimates are a little too optimistic: for example, it's tough to believe someone could pull off four servings of sunny shrimp curry, made with a pound of shrimp, peas, two tomatoes, chicken broth, fresh ginger, lime juice, shredded coconut and more for less than $7 total. There's also a little too much repetition—the same tip box shows up in multiple recipes a few pages apart, and most of the pull quotes don't deserve double attention. But among the recipes readers will find more than enough variety to inspire the wallet-friendly habit of cooking at home. (Apr.)
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"Perfectly timed for the current economy, Mattocks’s book provides an assortment of approachable, repertoire-expanding recipes for affordable dinners… readers will find more than enough variety to inspire the wallet-friendly habit of cooking at home." (Publishers Weekly, January 5, 2009)

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Charles' new cook book is fantastic!
Kathleen Milliken
Spices help the flavor of a dish and can be left out if you don't like/have it, won't taste the same but that's obvious.
Tricia A.
His directions are clear and even the novice cook can prepare beautiful meals quickly!
Michelle P. Ross

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Poor Chef, Charles Mattocks has written a much needed cookbook `Eat Cheap but Well`. We really need to do both these days. He points out that so many are watching cooking shows now but it seems less are cooking; instead getting take out or using the micro wave.

Recipes are marked with a cost guide: c =under $5 for 4, $ under $7 for 4, and $$ under $7 for 2. There are so many needed good tips, such as cautions about washing anything raw chicken comes into contact with. Explanations of the dishes are written before each recipe, explaining what it is, some substitutions that can be made for ingredients or in order to make the recipe vegetarian - all very good hints.
There is one recipe per page which leads to less confusion and mistakes made. The print is of of a decent size. The only bad thing is that the explanations before each one is written in a lighter brown ink , which is sometimes harder to see.

There are many multi cultural recipes as well as favorites such as chicken and dumplings (by the way a great version) including his tips on adding flour as a thickener. One grand thing about the contents of the book is that most of the recipes are for what could be used for main meals: poultry, pork, meats, pasta, fish, seafood, eggs, salads, soups and sandwiches.
So this is truly a help for eating cheap when you have this many main dishes in a cookbook. Even some of the vegetable-vegetarian pages could be and are main dishes. Only about 30 pages are devoted to vegetable-vegetarian and desserts. There are about 16 pages of illustrations of various dishes and the index is very good with recipes listed under the main ingredients.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle P. Ross on May 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am on Twitter and found Charles there. He is a friendly man that exudes energy and is always there to answer any question you ask. His website is beautiful and his magazine I loved. Beautiful photography and very interesting articles.So, when the book was released it was only right that I support him and purchase his book. What a great book! Full of ideas and recipes on not only eating on a tight budget BUT eating WELL on a tight budget. With the economy in the state it's in right now, most of us can't afford to go out spending lots of money dining. Charles' book brings the experience home at a price we can afford. His directions are clear and even the novice cook can prepare beautiful meals quickly! The bonus is the feeling you get knowing YOU prepared this fabulous meal!This book is definitely one you should add to your library! Enjoy
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Milliken on May 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a busy work at home mom and both of my young sons have Type 1 diabetes. It can be a challenge to come up with new, creative ideas for healthy meals. Charles' new cook book is fantastic! Not only are the meals easy to prepare, but it's a snap for me to figure out the carb content when needed for my kids dietary needs. (by measured portions)

We have a vegetable garden growing this year and I'm so excited to use our fresh home grown ingredients with his flavor rich recipes. He teaches simple techniques to get even this work at home mom cooking like a chef. His book is designed with busy people in mind, there's no excuse to not get into the kitchen and cook! Enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tricia A. on July 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
This cookbook has simple easy to understand directions and suggestions. The length of ingredients varies widely from as few as 4 to as many as 18 (in the Falafel Pitas with Hummus). And this can be shorter if you chose to buy hummus, instead of make it.

Don't be afraid to alter the recipes some to fit your tastes or budget. (This goes for any recipe)
I've found the recipes to offer a range from different regions of the world. Prices on groceries vary from place to place, so use what is inexpensive/in season in your area.

These are my thoughts to some of the other reviews:
About the meat- these recipes are for 4 or more people and you can always cut back on the amount of meat in a recipe and add more vegetables or starches. What I do is watch for sales on meats, using chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts (they're less expensive and more flavorful), pork shoulder/butt (again when it's on sale), pretty much anything in the "clearance/discounted" section at the grocery store, provided it looks/smells ok. Then if I'm not using it right away, into the freezer it goes.

About the "spice heavy/lots of spices", start with the recipes you do have spices for. And when you need spices ask a friend if they have some you could use, or look for sales, check the international section of the market or go to an Indian grocer or Lantino market. Buy small amounts and try the spices in other recipes. Spices help the flavor of a dish and can be left out if you don't like/have it, won't taste the same but that's obvious.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B Haigh on March 21, 2010
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I borrowed this book from the library as was so impressed that I bought it on Amazon. It is easy to follow, and it has recipes with ingredients which are readily available. The recipes are varied and relatively cheap. It is really useful for working parents as it is obviously written by someone with kids. Also great for people who do not have much time or energy (or imagination!) to cook, but who want to eat healthy food.
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