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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616084081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616084080
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Frugavore is like a vote for the 99 per cent. Cooking “like a peasant,” recapturing lost cooking techniques, keeping chickens, eating affordable cuts of meat is right on trend.” (Vancouver Sun)

“Her book follows the food from plot to plate and offers myriad gardening, shopping, cooking and swapping tips.” (Daily Telegraph)

“This lovely little book is a celebration of good, hearty food.” (Epicure: The Age)

Frugavore is that welcome rarity—a food book designed to be used.” (The Big Issue [UK])

About the Author

Arabella Forge is a nutritionist with a master’s degree in dietics. She teaches regular classes that focus on traditional cooking and preservation techniques and has been featured as a speaker at Slow Food forums. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Renee on January 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
When my copy of Frugavore arrived, I had low expectations. I had already sifted through a pile of so-called budget meal books. They ranged from awful to terrible, with either completely unacceptable recipes filled with low-end canned goods and processed foods, or recipes that called for large quantities of ingredients that are far too expensive (especially if they are organic, which I always try to buy) to really call "budget." At our house, a meal that costs $10 per person is a called a splurge, not a budget meal! So, with that background, I was very pleasantly surprised (you might even say smitten) by Frugavore. Forge has pulled together a top-notch collection of ideas and recipes for truly eating well AND frugally. Rather than relying on supermarket sale items and low-end ingredients, she recommends creatively sourcing high-quality ingredients and using them in ways that still allow you to stay within budget. This is more than just a cookbook. In an engaging tone, Forge covers the philosophy of healthful but frugal eating; the importance of sourcing locally; stocking your pantry well; gardening; and minimizing food waste. You'll learn how to make a variety of soup stocks, cook with offal and "thrifty bits" of meat, render your own lard (yes, it really is a healthy fat, and delicious too!), and a host of other frugal-kitchen staples. This may look like a small book, but the density and quality of the information makes it worth more than a stack of the other budget meal books that are out there. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in eating well on a budget.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emily Robertson on January 27, 2012
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I was so delighted with the publisher's info on this book that I ordered 2 of them, thinking surely they would make great presents for young families I know that are struggling with the challenge of eating well and economically. Unfortunately there is little in this small book that could not have been gleaned from shallow articles in ladies magazines.

For example, the 8 page chapter on keeping chickens spends 2 pages on anecdotal commentary ("..chickens make wonderful pets.."), 1 page on why you should eat eggs, 1 page on choosing your chickens (in which Ms Forge offers much misinformation about breeds, and suggests that you might want to buy $40 or $50 hens -- very frugal!), and then a few pages on what chickens eat (vaguely) and fatuous commentary on roosters. A few references to good poultry books or links to websites would have been far more useful. I would expect a book devoted to frugal living to provide much more information about keeping chickens frugally (not as pets), but Ms Forge doesn't have much to tell us.

If you identified with Julie Powell (of Julie and Julia fame) and her struggle to get a little recognition, rather than Julia Child and her struggle to master the art of French cooking, Frugavore is the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. McCulloch on June 9, 2012
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This is an excellent book, I'm keeping it on my bookshelf (while I declutter and get rid of lots of other books). As well as containing lots of great recipes it gives you ideas on where to go to source you quality, organic (where possible) food, without breaking the bank.

I would disagree with the earlier reviewer who called it shallow. Although it won't replace a book on keeping poultry, or bees, or preserving food, if that's what you want to do, it gives you enough information to get started and to decide if this is an area to look into further.

As well as from-scratch recipes it contains practical information on where and how to source food, how to use the whole chicken/fish/meat bones, how to use basic products to create your own cheap, non-toxic cleaning products, how to use more legumes in your cooking, and how to get started with hens, a vegetable garden or even bees.
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I am always looking for ways to be more self sufficient and healthier for my family -- this is a great book, but not for beginners.
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