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The Poverty Cookbook For Beginners [Kindle Edition]

Emily Waters , Susan Gregersen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Updated 6/11/13 (Description updated 06/06/2013)

This book is all the information and recipes I have to give a beginner in the kitchen. There is a detailed list of kitchen supplies as well as food to have on hand. The recipes are easy and simple, yet tastier and healthier then the food non-cookers eat. All the recipes are made with cheap and easy to find ingredients to suit even those below the poverty line.

Also featured in this book is a detailed methods section with step by step instructions, such as cooking rice to perfection, making homemade noodles, cooking meat, and making a bechamel to name a few.

If you're not a beginner in the kitchen you may still enjoy the recipes. Most of these are the meals your mother or grandmother would have cooked. If you're looking for a cookbook with all the newest trends, diets, and techniques then this isn't the cookbook for you.

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  • File Size: 218 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of ideas and easy to read! May 19, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It has some great tips about general money-saving as well as kitchen setup. (Even though I grew up helping my Mom in the kitchen, and I knew how to cook, I still remember being newly married, at the grocery store, and not sure how to set up our new kitchen. The basic list of staples and kitchen utensils would have helped me a lot in those days!) There are many chapters of practical ways to make good food without long lists of hard-to-find ingredients. No guilt about fresh spices and organic meat. This is a nice book, far more than just recipes.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poverty Cookbook October 28, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book,since it gave me some money saving ideas. Living on a fixed income limited my food choices,and this book gave me lots of new recipes to try. A lot of the ingredients are already in my pantry. I'm ready for the next book.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poverty Cookbook For Beginners October 22, 2012
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After I read through this cookbook I couldn't help but think of my mom.She always made little notes in her cookbooks "kids loved this!" There was a reminiscent innocence to the notes about what her husband likes about certain recipes. For a new cook, or even an older cook the recipes are old fashioned and are wholesome and easy to prepare. If you are in a situation where you have to make the most of your shopping budget, this is a wonderful way to do just that. Stop buying prepackaged crap from the store and try making real food. SO what it isn't low fat, lo-cal, low whatever. It is a cheap way to make real food....the food most of us who are over the age of fifty were raised on. As things become worse in this country, this will assist those who have never cooked for their families before and those that need ideas. I give this young wife and mother a lot of credit for doing this cookbook.

Well done, Emily. You sound like a young pioneer wife! Your husband and son are blessed.

Instead of finding fault with this author/cookbook, praise her for not being like the majority of young women out there who can't do anything but spend money on themselves and their wardrobes and beauty routines. You know the ones who have never washed a dish or been told "no" by their parents,...the Paris Hilton wannabees.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your 99 cents November 6, 2012
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This book contains a lot of basic things I wish my mom (or my father, who was the better cook) had taken the time to teach me. We grew up poor enough that even this kind of "basic" cooking was out of our league, surviving primarily on rice and beans. We once lived on lentil soup for an entire month! It's astonishing that my brothers grew up to be excellent cooks. I pride myself on good instincts in the kitchen, but lack basic knowledge. I think this book provides a great base for beginners like me.

The recipes in this book aren't fancy, so foodies will be put off by them, but if you want to know which herbs and spices you should make sure to stock, how to make a roux, tricks to sneak vegetables into your meals and the like, then this is worth the read. Minus one star only because I'm a Grammar Nazi. Kudos to the author for taking the time to put this together, and for making it accessible to everyone at such a low cost. Recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars idk I've spent a dollar on worse things. October 17, 2012
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I'm 25, in college and work. My financial status is...well let's just say I'm cheap when I can be. I buy ramen noodles, can ravioli, and boxes of macaroni and cheese so I don't starve. Is it healthy? haha probably not. But I also enjoy cooking and I have a basic knowledge as well as the know how of google. When it comes down to it, I'd rather cook something fresh than cook a bag of 10 minute seasoned rice. Problem is, I just don't know what to cook. When I decide to go out and buy stuff to cook I'm usually making: spaghetti, tacos, pineapple casserole, baked chicken and french fries, and baked cheesy mashed potatoes. That is my list of things I know how to cook without a recipe.

So I go out there, searching for cookbooks that can tell me how to make the basic stuff I grew up eating. Problem is, it can be like finding a needle in a haystack. The cookbooks I have bought, half the stuff in them requires ingredients that I'd only use for that one dish (so not really cost effective) or just don't sound that delicious to me (and are way too complicated to boot!).

So I've been spending a bit of time on Amazon today, looking for a cookbook that fits my needs and I stumbled upon this one. Is it an amazing cookbook? Probably not. However, for 99 cents (hey I just won't get my usual iced coffee from mcdonalds today), I've discovered some real things of value that work for me. So thanks Emily.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many starches, too little fresh ingredients November 5, 2012
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While this book has a few good recipes for easy, low cost meals, many of the recipes are simply basic recipes that would fit into any cookbook. I was disappointed to not find any really creative ways to make beans, rice, pasta and potatoes into something transcending basic casserole glop. People with a limited budget shouldn't be encouraged to build meals around canned meats, canned pasta sauces,etc. The author's advise to stock up on 98 cent cans of chicken which work out to about $4.00 per pound is ridiculous for someone on a poverty footing. She should have been teaching how to cook a whole chicken (cheap) and make several meals from it, utilizing every last drop of meat and broth and having only clean bones left over. After all, the basic ingredients are always less expensive than a prepare product. Flour, salt, shortening and baking powder are cheaper than biscuit mix and can also be used for pie dough, cookies, muffins, pancakes, etc. So this book is okay if you have zero idea about cooking but really has nothing to do with how to strip your food budget to the very bone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes and thoughts for cooking at low cost
A well written book with up to the minute approaches to "poverty" cooking. Good recipes and thoughts for cooking at low cost.
Published 9 days ago by Richard J. McGuckin
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic recipes for the new cook
This is a great reference book for some basic cooking info and recipes; an excellent starter cookbook for the new cook.
Published 20 days ago by GoodGravyBoat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Cari DiMarzio
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Actually a lot of help before going into surgery.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for a beginning cook.
The title really says it all. The author walks a beginner through cooking a variety of simple recipes. She has a nice conversational tone and quite a few inexpensive recipes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL !
Wonderful ! Just wonderful. I enjoyed the way she incorporated her family in of the recipes. As well as where she purchase her kitchen utensils. Emily you did it again !
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
Lots of good tips. Enjoyed reading this book. Loved the substitution page. Lots of easy recipes of down home American cooking. Love it.
Published 7 months ago by Vivian
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners!
This would be a good book yo have for a beginner cook. I love the recipes and tips. I will be reading Emily's other books also.
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars The Poverty Cookbook For Beginners, by Emily Waters
This book would be a wonderful gift for anyone just starting out, or recently finding themselves going through a job loss. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jonnie hammon
1.0 out of 5 stars good book
Used to many pre mixes. Over all I enjoyed reading and reviewing recipes. Would recommend to others interested in saving money.
Published 9 months ago by Rosemary
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More About the Author

I'm 18 years old, I've been cooking since I was 12 or younger, and I've been living away from my parents since I was 15 when I moved the 70+ miles to live with my brother in the city so I could get a job. When I was 16 I got married and pregnant. At 17 we moved into our own trailer where I had to start from scratch buying all my own living essentials. I've been a stay at home mom now since November of 2011 and in my spare time I started to become more creative in the kitchen and make my own recipes instead of using allrecipes every night for dinner. After my mom became fairly popular here on Amazon Kindle she encouraged me to write my recipes down and put up a cookbook, so I did. Since then I've written a second cookbook and a beginners guide for young adults moving into their first house, something I wish I had had when I started out.

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