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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2009
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I have used this book for several recipes this past week and my picky family has enjoyed every dish. I like how it has the price break down although I have not verified them yet. The dishes are healthy, flavorful and inexpensive. I feel as though my arsenal of meals to make for my family within budget has multiplied. I am a person that likes to try new things but hate cookbooks that call for ingredients I don't have in my kitchen. The reason why I have not verified price is because I had all the ingredients in my kitchen already. No special trips to the store. This book is a must for every mom who would like to make from scratch, healthy, inexpensive meals
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
About 6 years ago, I looked at several low cost cookbooks and found that while they focused on "low cost", there was either no nutritional information or if they did include it, it didn't show very healthy dishes. (I don't think I ever looked at the previous printing of this book called "Miserly Meals" as part of my research.)

I haven't looked for any books since then, but this one caught my eye at a display at my local library, so I decided to check it out, and I am glad I did.

Strengths of this cookbook:
--The nutritional analysis for each recipe is shown in a big box beside each recipe. Looking at the numbers, all of the recipes seem to me to be very healthy, especially compared to nutritional information from other cookbooks I use.
---The recipes are simple to make.
---Many of the recipes are "from scratch" which generally speaking helps your cost and overall nutrition of a recipe.
---Simple slow cooker recipes are given. They say at the beginning of the slow cooker chapter that the recipes were designed for and tested with a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker. I have been using my 4 quart cooker for the recipes I have tried so far with no problems.
---I don't have much experience cooking meatless meals using tofu, TVP (texturized vegetable protein), or lentils, But there is a wonderful 5 1/2 page introduction section to the Vegetarian Main dishes chapter that explains in detail what these products are, where to find them, and how to use them in cooking. Although I have not tried these recipes yet, I really appreciated reading this introduction section and feel that she has given a lot of good information here that I can use if I someday want to try these recipes.
---She also has money saving tips on how to make your own broths, spice mixtures, and creamers in the chapter on mixes. She also points out by making your own, in addition to saving money, you can reduce the amount of salt you eat. That is a huge help to those like myself who need to cut salt from our diets.

Weaknesses of this cookbook:
--If you aren't a fan of (or willing to try) crockpot cooking and/or meatless dishes, there will be 2 chapters of the cookbook that you will not be able to use.
--The recipes are for less than $1 a serving, but that is only for the main dish, or side dish presented. For example, the Lemon Chicken on page 160 just gives you the price for each person to have one chicken breast (77 cents per person), to have a complete meal you will need some side dishes that will increase the cost per person. But you could then add up the cost for a main dish from one chapter and then the cost of side dishes from other chapters.
---She says that her family does not like pork, so there are no pork dishes in this cookbook. Although she points out that pork can be substituted for other meats in some of the recipes.
---This cookbook was previously published in 2002 under the title "Miserly Meals", so if you already have that cookbook, there won't be any new material.
---None of the recipes have photos with them.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
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I was so very disappointed in this book. I looked through and did not find healthy recipes. I do not consider sugar (lots!), white flour or ramen noodles healthy... money saving - maybe, but healthy? - Absolutely not. This book was returned.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2010
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I have enjoyed this book. I love the recipes in the book the most. I am a mother of 5, and we are living on one income at the time and so are remembering how to stretch the dollar. Also, a great reminder to cook from scratch.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2011
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This book has given me great ideas about how to cook on a one income budget! It has also encouraged me to look for other great recipes. I especially enjoy her kitchen tips on every page. I have recommended this book to friends and will continue to do so!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2011
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This book has many great recipes. It is now one of my main cookbooks. I am not the kind of person that likes a million weird ingredients, and this book helps make it pretty simple. My whole family likes the food, and we tend to be picky eaters.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2012
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I like the recipes in this book and she has many 'envelope' mixes that you can make (fajita, taco, spaggetti sauce, onion soup ect)that are nice to have around but the index is a pain. Its set up so you have to know the name of the recipe (ie you can't look up 'brownies', its under 'to die for brownies' and they are!). But it's nice to have around and once you learn where things are it's easier to find but it's a pain when you first get it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2014
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Got this for my wife after she read Miserly Moms (book by Jonni McCoy) and she loved it! I did as well because there were some really good recipes that are budget conscious. We bought the paperback version, and somehow misplaced it during a move. Because it was such a great book, we got the kindle version as a replacement. It was nice to find out that Amazon offers a discount on the electronic version if you've purchased the actual book previously through Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The major merit of this cookbook featuring gluten free recipes is their quick preparation and baking--not five minutes as claimed but not much longer. This book is written for those who wish to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible yet want to avoid commercial gluten free prepared foods. Though 123 recipes are presented, many are repeated three times using alternative flours; for example, for the three hamburger roll alternatives you can choose from brown rice, white rice or sorghum flours.||All baked recipes use the microwave, and the leavening agent is either baking powder or baking soda. Any baker knows the difference in taste between yeast-raised and chemical-raised baked items. Speed definitely sacrifices flavor, and microwave baking is not noted for authentic bagels, English muffins, pizza crust, breads, cakes, pancakes and cookies.||The recipes are for small servings: one bagel, two slices of bread or one tortilla. They are easy to follow, printed with large fonts though there are places you will be scratching your head ("rounded 1/16 teaspoon"). Apart from eight pages of color photos bound in the book, the text is un-illustrated. The subject index is good and nicely cross referenced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2014
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I bookmarked (on my kindle) many recipes and can't wait to dive in. However, I do hope the author will go through the ingredient lists to fix where the amount (usually where followed by 'cup') somehow got reduced to a size too small to read. This is the only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars. PLEASE run a revision so we kindle readers can enjoy each & every recipe!

I plan to lighten the sweet recipes (my weakness) by substituting half the sugar to a Stevia product. it's so strong you only need half the amount. For example- 2 cups of sugar would then be 1 cup sugar + 1/2 cup Stevia. Being a product of nature, it's way healthier than artificial sweeteners. Happy baking!
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