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From Garbage to Gourmet: Prevent Food Waste and Create Delicious Food out of Things You Normally Throw Away [Kindle Edition]

Carrie Isaac
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The average American family throws away 25% of the food they buy every single week. That means that for every $100 you spend at the grocery store, you likely throw $25 of it away!

It’s not just bread heels and moldy leftovers. There’s a whole host of edible things that most cooks automatically throw away, but that can be used to make delicious food!

From Garbage to Gourmet: Prevent Food Waste and Create Delicious Food out of Things You Normally Throw Away features over 80 recipes for using things like broccoli stalks, potato peels, carrot ends, herb stems, corn cobs, and more. Things that most people throw away without thinking about it, but can be used to make incredibly delicious food!

And these aren’t just “throw it in a soup” or “put all your leftovers together and call it a casserole” recipes – inside, you’ll find recipes like:

Asian Broccoli Slaw
Poor Man’s Apple Cider
Corn Cob Chowder
Chocolate Cheesecake Bites
Magic Hot Fudge Cake
Creamy Avocado Bacon Dressing
Chocolate Dessert Wontons

…to name just a few of the 80+ original recipes in this book.

And, it’s not just recipes: the From Garbage to Gourmet ebook has hundreds of strategies to help you prevent food waste and create delicious food out of things you normally throw away. Want to keep your berries from molding? Don’t know what to do with the rest of a can of tomato paste? Think the only option for wilted or frozen celery is the trash can? You need this ebook!

In this book, you’ll find out how to prevent produce from spoiling, learn strategies for keeping cheese fresh, and discover what to do with shrimp shells, potato peels, onion skins, leftover oatmeal, and more – stuff you probably throw away, but can be used to create truly delicious food.

Here's what some of the reviews are saying:

“Now I want to find remnants of fresh food in the back of my vegetable drawer so I can try all these amazing ideas!” – Tammy

"I kinda thought you said gourmet because it rhymed with garbage. But these recipes are really top notch. Makes my mouth water to read them.” – Tiffany

“I am wowed by what you have done here! I am totally going to be thinking twice before I throw anything away from now on!” – Naomi

Product Details

  • File Size: 296 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carrie Isaac Colorado Bargains, LLC; 1 edition (March 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as hyped. June 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Not as good as hyped by the websites so be aware that they may be getting kick backs for all the rave reviews. We expected much more so we were grateful we didn't pay full price. You can also dry corn silk for a diabetic type tea but that information wasn't presented in the book, I'm sharing that for free. Everything in the book can be found for free online. There's no new information here especially if you have grandparents who lived during The Great Depression. If you don't, find Great Depression Cooking with Clara to watch on YouTube for free. If you have elders who don't teach you any thing then this book might be for you but if they do then please save your money. If you weren't listening when they tried to teach you, go ask them and reunite...if they are gone, go watch Clara. Don't throw away your money. If you have something left from cooking, use Google to find out what to do with it. You're already paying for internet anyway so make it work for you. Maybe sign up for the author's free tips sent to your inbox instead?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading! March 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The photography, page set-up and recipes are amazing. A book I will USE often. Loads of ideas....a real winner! Highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! June 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
From Garbage to Gourmet is a great resource! I love the recipes in the book and finding new uses for things I've typically thrown away. I had no idea it's so easy to make homemade Chicken Broth for example - I love that this is healthier for my family and also saves us money! The book is laid out beautifully and is easy to read through. I do wish some of the recipes were a little more detailed, though, but the author has been very responsive to any questions I have sent her, which is really appreciated. I think this book is worth the money and will pay for itself in your grocery savings after just a short time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful information! June 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very helpful information in this ebook. It covers all types of foods and seems like it will help me reduce my kitchen waste. I am excited to try all of the tips, tricks, and recipes! Yes, some of this info is easily accessible online if you know what to search for, but this ebook compiles it all in one place. I also enjoy this author's blog and want to support her with a purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Resource-Saving Tips and Reminders August 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book months ago, read it twice through and still occasionally come back to it for a recipe or tip. This is a good guide to have handy to help get into the habit of using food fully with little to no waste. I can't say that all the ideas the author gives are unique, but so few things truly are. What she's done is organize resource-saving ideas into an attractive and helpful order that's easy to reference and encourages one to think of other ways to reduce waste. Garbage to Gourmet is a nicely laid-out book, full of color and photos that pulls the process together in one, inexpensive collection of ideas and recipes. Cudos to Carrie Isaac for sharing her commitment to good stewardship with those of us who didn't grow up with the opportinity to learn them through parents, grandparents or the community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsung Kitchen Hero! May 16, 2013
By hlw
Format:Kindle Edition
This ebook has totally changed the way I look at food. I try not to be a wasteful person, but now I see so many more possibilities with things I've normally tossed away without a thought. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in saving money, being creative, and having fun looking at your pantry a whole new way. Not only that, its a real treat for the eyes...its beautifully presented and very user friendly. HIGHLY recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Chocked full of great ideas and recipes! A great inspiration to use all those bits we waste on a daily basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the money! April 17, 2013
By t_chip
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Finally, a useful book for everyone! Great tip, great pictures, great tips, and great recipes. It's also an excellent read if you just have 2 people to cook for, where sometimes food spoils too fast.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan!
I really liked this book. I thought it was colorful, well organized and nicely presented. I follow Carrie's blog for couponing and saving money in general and I always find it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sara Bresee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Kitchen Resource
This book is a practical treasure of recipes and ideas for using those bits and pieces, those last spoonfuls of foods; those flavors and scents that are just too good to throw... Read more
Published 13 months ago by BarbS
5.0 out of 5 stars The title is not what you think
I think the title is a bit misleading, making it sound like a gross topic. In reality, this book offers ways of using items that we would normally toss in the compost or garbage,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michelle Strom
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Must have
I am always looking for ways to save money. I'm pretty frugal and like to know I'm getting the most out of what I buy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Terri Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Garbage to Gourmet
Nice little book....and free too. This book will give you some really unique food ideas that are not only delicious but will save you money too.I highly reccomend it.
Published 14 months ago by Dots
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Tips and Ideas
If you are looking for ways to save money and avoid wasting ingredients this book is for you. It contains many tips and creative ideas for using everything in the kitchen. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lynn
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More About the Author

Carrie Isaac never thought she would be the person in the room talking excitedly about reducing food waste, but she's found herself doing just that. A desire to make better use of her family's resources led her on a quest to reduce waste in the kitchen, and she began writing From Garbage to Gourmet as she discovered that it was actually fun, and quite delicious, to learn how to use what she used to throw away.

In 2008, Carrie founded Colorado Bargains, LLC, a network of websites dedicated to helping Colorado families save money on the things they have to buy, and enabling them to enjoy things they might not otherwise be able to afford. This network of sites shares money-saving tips for the Colorado Springs, Colorado ( and Denver, Colorado ( area. Carrie has won numerous "Best Of" awards from local media outlets. In 2010, she produced the Grocery University audio series (, a two-hour audio series designed to help consumers learn how to save money on their grocery bill using coupons and smart shopping strategies.

When she's not working for the Colorado Bargains network of sites, Carrie assists in internet marketing for her husband's real estate business ( and educates their five children at home in Colorado Springs.

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