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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Viva Editions (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443630
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We have always known that delicious and nutritious meals can be prepared at home for less than a family spends off the value menu at the local fast food stop.The Frugal Foodie not only features tasty recipes that stretch the food dollar but also includes fun and useful tips for kids projects, beauty remedies and edible gifts."

-- Rima Barkett and Claudia Pruett, authors of Cooking Dinner: Simple Italian Family Recipes Everyone Can Make.

"Shirk and Star will have you whipping up delectable meals on a shoestring. Just think of all the cute shoes you can buy with those savings—you'll truly be strutting your stuff in the kitchen!"
—Ame Mahler Beanland, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Nesting: It's a Chick Thing© and Postcards from the Bump

"This is the perfect book for the times. Actually, it’s perfect for any time! Cook up any of these delicious low-cost recipes, and you can put the extra money toward something else! If you love saving money, and you love food, you’ll love the The Frugal Foodie, these recipes do not skimp on flavor!"

Nina Lesowitz, author of Living Life as a Thank You and The Party Girl Cookbook

"Delicious fun! With kitchen goddess savvy and Betty Crocker smarts, Lynette Shirk and Lara Starr have concocted a gem of a cookbook that is both entertaining and practical, simple, yet resplendent with excellent recipes. The perfect gift for any foodie, this will be a staple in kitchens for years to come."

Margie Lapanja, author of Romancing the Stove, Food That Rocks, and Food Men Love

"During a difficult economy, nothing could be better paired with good food than simple wisdom and humor. Lara Starr & Lynette Shirk serve it all up with a generosity of spirit that will keep a smile on your face and extra change in your pocketbook." --Jennifer Sauer, author of The Way to Tea

More About the Author

Cookbook author, cake decorating teacher, radio producer, marketeer, card-carrying cheapskate, wife and mom. Whew!

My first cookbook The Party Girl Cookbook was written 1998. Back then I was newly married and kidless, the streets were paved with dot-com gold, and a young Ben Stiller taught us how to laugh. I had plenty of time and money for parties that included elaborate themes, silly costumes and the inevitable next-day hangovers.

Now, in 2009, like most of us I'm striving to make ends meet, faced un- and under-employment, and am looking to save a buck wherever I can. I've also added a kid to the equation and am always on the lookout for healthy, nutritious meals that the Young Master Picky, Mr. Meat & Potatoes and Ms. Frugal Foodie will all enjoy and won't break the bank.

It's been so fun and satisfying to discover and develop new recipes, find lots of little ways to cut spending without sacrificing a yummy lifestyle, and share it all in The Frugal Foodie Cookbook!

Customer Reviews

The recipes are good and easy to follow.
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I learned some shortcuts for cooking as well as ways to save money.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Chatfield on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook is an unassuming little cookbook with a misleading name but some excellent recipes. I think this book sometimes veers more toward the quick and inexpensive rather than true "frugal foodie" territory, but the recipes I tried were nonetheless really delicious! While some of the recipes seem a bit out of place on the basis of "frugal" (pork chops and beef tenderloin instead of cheaper and more time-consuming cuts of meat) or "foodie" (imitation Egg McMuffins), those I did try were well worth the effort.

The fruit crisp in the "Brunches" section was so tasty that I made it twice, once with a mix of blueberries, blackberries, plums, nectarines, and pluots, and another time with a variety of stone fruits. Although I thought I'd tried pretty much every variation on crisp, crumble, and cobbler, this one used a different technique: the "crumble" part is made with egg as the only fat and then melted butter is drizzled over the top. This is nice in that it skips an annoying step (cutting in the butter) and also yields a tasty and crisp topping. My only issue with this recipe was that it calls for about twice as much butter as is really needed. When made with half the butter, though, this crisp recipe is definitely a keeper.

The second recipe I tried was the lemon-and-asparagus pasta. This is again one of those dishes that I've made many variations of, but Frugal Foodie presented a new and tasty version. Lots of butter coats the intensely lemon-y pasta, and cooking the asparagus in a bit of vegetable stock results in tender and flavorful veggies. We added dots of goat cheese on top for a little tang, but either way this is a very yummy pasta dish that I'll be adding to my summer repertoire.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kymom on February 10, 2012
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I bought this book for my Kindle, because I saw it reviewed positively on a blog I had visited. I have 4 children and we live on 1 income and I'm always looking for ways to stretch a dollar. All the tips and ideas in the book, can easily be found on the internet for free and I was already implementing many of the ideas suggested in the book. Many of the recipes weren't appealing or were common sense. I think there are probably better books of its kind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Phillips on October 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
Frugal Foodie Cookbook by Lara Starr w/Lynette Shirk ISBN 978-1-57344-363-0
Review by Chris Phillips
A small book like this, at 6.9" x 6", will be lost on many a cookbook shelf. However, there are plenty of reasons to keep this one on the counter and handy. Printed in the style of the "Dummy" series books, there are tips, hints and quotes interspersed throughout this delightful collection of recipes and more.
Starr and Shirk have found and included many recipes that most cooks will be looking for at times when running short of specific supplies or ingredients. From the "3-in-1 Eye-Opening Mix" (pg. 18) through "Best Dressed Salads" with a chart to show how to mix herbs together (pg. 62) and to "Cents-able Solutions: Savvy Substitutions" (pg. 114, 115) with a chart showing common substitutes for things that might not be in the pantry. There are recipes of all qualities and styles where the gourmet can vary ingredients for that special taste or the rushed mom can have things already prepared for immediate serving up for dinner.
There are tips in marquee boxes like "Processor Points" delineating how to clean the blade and how to really clean the compartments. There are "Cents-able Solutions" like the one mentioned above in a different style of marquee box. Interspersed throughout are short quotes from famous and infamous persons. Zsa-Zsa Gabor - "I'm a marvelous housekeeper, every time I have a man, I keep his house." To by M.F.K. Fisher - "Almost every person has something secret he likes to eat".
The recipes are good and easy to follow. The ingredients are listed first so the pantry can be checked before starting. However there is no index or cross reference to help find something specific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Not since "The Supermarket Handbook" by Nikki and David Goldbeck has there been such an invaluable and highly recommended guide to making the most of one's food purchasing dollars. But just in time to deal with the budgetary pressures of increases in food costs combined with the currently dismal economic conditions of the country is Lara Starr and Lynette Shirk's "The Frugal Foodie Cookbook", A compendium of practical, useable advice on stretching the food budget by the creative (and delicious!) use of ingredients and left-overs. Of special note is that at the end of each chapter of thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes, are tips for saving money at the grocery story, the restaurant, and when dining at home. Enhanced with recipes for beauty treatments that can be inexpensively created at home for pennies on the dollar of what those same treatments would cost 'store bought', "The Frugal Foodie Cookbook", with recipes ranging from Sweet-and-Sour Glazed Meatloaf", to a Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza, to Ted's Grilled Cheese Sandwich, is the perfect addition to the cookbook collections of budget stressed families.
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