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Finally, a Budget Meal Cookbook for Folks Who Still Want to Eat Well
on January 12, 2012
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.