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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740789902
  • ASIN: B004E3XIFS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a successful freelance producer for network and cable television, Amy McCoy once enjoyed gourmet food with little concern for price. Then the recession hit and the freelance work all but disappeared. But in the economic downturn, McCoy found her mission: to eat the best food she and her husband could while spending as little as possible.

To that end, McCoy created her blog, poorgirlgourmet.blogspot.com, where she offers up her insights alongside delicious gourmet recipes that are inexpensive to prepare. McCoy lives on a gentleman's farm in southeastern Massachusetts.


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As a successful freelance producer for network and cable television, Amy McCoy once enjoyed gourmet food with little concern for price. Then the recession hit and the freelance work all but disappeared. But in the economic downturn, McCoy found her mission: to eat the best food she and her husband could while spending as little as possible.

To that end, McCoy created her blog, poorgirlgourmet.blogspot.com, where she offers up her insights alongside delicious gourmet recipes that are inexpensive to prepare. McCoy lives on a gentleman's farm in southeastern Massachusetts.

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Delicious, creative and EASY recipes.
Carly Stevens
A long-time fan of the blog, I eagerly anticipated the release of this cookbook.
Wendy Szymanski
There's something for everyone in this wonderful cookbook.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
With a subtitle reading "Eat in style on a bare-bones budget" most will find this cookbook irresistible. After all, who doesn't love to eat and who isn't stretching dollars as far as they can nowadays?

Amy McCoy's description reveals that she once enjoyed gourmet food with no morning after regrets about the price paid. But with the recession things changed for her as it did for the rest of us. Solution? She could not stop loving to eat, but she could find ways to eat well on as little as possible. Thus was born McCoy's blog and POOR GIRL GOURMET, which is chock full of tasty money saving recipes. Each of the recipes serves 4 people, and a chapter on appropriate reasonably priced wines is included.

Don't believe a gourmet meal is possible on a mac `n cheese casserole budget? Here's a for instance: McCoy well remembered an elegant meal she once had in Italy - roasted duck with olives. The inventive lady recreated the dish using chicken legs at an estimated cost of $6.67 to serve four people. She accompanies it with Polenta and Roasted Garlic Collard Greens.

How about Honey Mustard and Cider-Marinated Pork Spareribs at a cost of $5 - $10 (actual price depending upon your local grocer) or Braised Pork Shoulder (the secret is slow cooking), and then with leftovers you can enjoy pulled pork sandwiches with barbecue sauce?

Veggies included are so delectable that even the most finicky youngster will ask for seconds, and yummy Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies (13 cents per cookie) are the best.

With McCoy's help you may be amazed not only at how far your food budget will stretch but also by the praises your meals receive. There is one caveat - several of the vendors mentioned in the "Resources" section were less than responsive - one due to the fact that he cannot ship out of state. Perhaps best to do your own shopping and then you'll surely enjoy POOR GIRL GOURMET.

- Gail Cooke
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nikki N. on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was browsing in a local bookstore one day and Poor girl Gourmet caught my eye. Now the last thing I need is a new cookbook, since I have too many already and also suffer from a clinical inability to actually follow recipes: I like to improvise and do it my own way. But after skimming the introduction and the tips and leafing through some of the recipes I decided to add the book to my cookbook library. My husband scoffed at me when I showed him my purchase, he agreed I did not need another cookbook, but as I have made many of the recipes over the past month or two (I estimate I've tried about 30 recipes so far) my husband keeps telling me the book has definitely been a winner, and I agree!

The Roasted Cauliflower is to die for. I previously had a very favorite roasted cauliflower recipe but this one blows it away. My husband laughed at me when I told him how much better it was than the recipe we have been using for years (involving balsamic and parmesan) but when he tried it he was amazed at how delicious it really was. The Braised Pork Shoulder is the best pork recipe I have ever made, hands down. Of course I had to substitute apple juice for cider but I think the author would approve with her frugal approach: why buy a new ingredient when something on hand will work just fine? The Meatballs and Sauce were equally amazing, this coming from someone who already has The World's Best Sauce recipe in her repertoire. When I made Panzenella with the last tomatoes of the season from our CSA farm box I thought my husband would protest a dinner of bread and tomatoes but he loved it! Last night I made Ribollita (using canned beans and chicken broth instead of dry beans and water) and we both thought it was excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 3, 2014
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The Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook by author Amy McCoy offers up some tasty recipes that are aimed for the budget cook. Some of her recipes would fall within my budget range while others are less budget friendly to my pocketbook. Overall, the recipes offered are varied and have a gourmet flair. She writes "Each of the meals on these pages serves at least four people for $15 or less." The bracketed information showing the servings and costs are from the recipes found in her cookbook.

Here are some of the recipes you will find in her cookbook:

Spicy Carrot Ginger Soup (Serves 4 for $5 to $10)
Harvest Balsamic Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing (Serves 4 for $10 to $15)
Perfect Roasted Chicken with Spicy Orange Sauce (Serves 4 for $5 to $10)
Sweet Italian Sausage with Apple and Fennel Seed (Serves 4 for $5 to $10)
Ginger Soy Sirloin Tip Stir-Fry with Mushrooms (Serves 4 for $10 to $15)
Roasted Carrots with Thyme (Serves 4 for $5 or less)
Butterhorns (dinner rolls) (Serves 24 for $5 or less)
Apple Crumble with Dried Cranberries (Serves 6 to 8 for $5 to $10)

As you can see if you created a meal with a salad, main course, bread and dessert the meal could be considered gourmet but a tad expensive. To break it down further here's a sample menu using some of the recipes listed above:

Harvest Balsamic Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing is $2.50 per serving
Perfect Roasted Chicken with Spicy Orange Sauce is $1.25 (I assumed $5 for the recipe not $10)
Roasted Carrots with Thyme is $1.
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