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on July 18, 2005
I was expecting a huge index where I could look up all of the leftovers I might have. This book is listed as 352 pages on the Amazon website but it is only a 212 page trade paperback (including the three page index).

And...when I thought the book showed you how to use up little bits of "leftovers" I didn't expect to see the Potato section only have 6 recipes for fresh potatoes only -- not cooked or mashed already--since when are potatoes "leftovers" that you have to use up unless the bag is full of potatoes with shoots growing from the eyes.

I tried the Spanish Rice using "leftover" salsa and it wasn't bad -- it was only OK.

Leftover Honey? The book says that any form of honey only has a 12 month shelf life. You know you just warm it up if it crystalizes--it isn't a leftover, it is staple for food storage.

From the Table of Contents: Leftover Carrots, Applesauce, Bananas (yes, you make all of those mushy dark bananas into cakes and breads -- we all know that), Celery, Cheese (yeah, I hate having cheese sit around -- I never have anything to use cheese for -- WRONG!), Chicken (Rotisserie) -- ONLY Rotisserie and nothing else? This book is a failure!!! Eggs, Honey (see comment above), Jam/Jelly, Lemons, Milk (what?), Olives -- you just eat them -- gee!, Onions (see my comment for Cheese), Orange Juice (either it is fresh and you drink it or you throw it out!), Peas (I don't save peas), Raisins, Rice (Cooked)--now there is something I could use, Salad Dressing???, Salsa, Tomato Paste (how much of a 6 oz. paste can could be left? ;-)), Tomatoes (I hope they mean from your garden), Wine (not interested -- Wine????--don't you just drink it?).

I am sorry but this is not what I wanted and I hope maybe that Amazon might take it back or it will just sit on my shelf with the other "designer" cookbooks which have no use.

There ARE comments and suggestions at the end of each chapter so that is why I gave this book 2 stars.

It is better to use the One Million Recipes software -- you can find anything on it. Why didn't I think of that before I ordered this? One Million Recipes
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on November 14, 2003
Catherine Kitcho is the former owner of the Five Star Kitchens catering company and a culinary expert whose recipes and food articles have been published both online and in food oriented magazines. She draws upon her many years of experience and expertise in The Use-It-Up Cookbook: Creative Recipes For The Frugal Cook to show delicious examples what can be done with such refrigerator debris as half-used cans of tomato past, half cartoons of milk, leftover salsa, and vegetables on the verge of being discarded. This unique cookbook is organized by ingredient for ready accessibility to recipes that match what you find in your own refrigerator. Enhanced with blank "recipe cards" printed on the pages so that you can jot down your own variations on left-over based dishes of your own, The Use-It-Up Cookbook offers 25 chapters that range from Buttermilk, Olives, and Orange Juice, to Celery, Cheese, and Lemons. This is one cookbook that can be confidently recommended money-saving, budget stretching, and palate pleasing!
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on December 9, 2003
This is the rare cookbook which is not only fun to read, but also useful. The chapters are organized by main ingredient, to help you determine how to use up those staples which always have something left over in your refrigerator. The recipes are everything from comfort food (shepherd's pie, to use up those potatoes) to the exotic (orange chiffon, to use up the orange juice, or champagne-roast salmon, to use up extra wine). It also contains an appendix containing the USFDA food storage guidelines, to definitely answer just how long you can keep things like salsa in your refrigerator. The directions are straightforward and easy to follow, producing tasty results. This book isn't just fun; it's a great investment!
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on March 23, 2015
What a Concept! Deciding what to cook based on what food you have in the kitchen. This book comes in handy when you have a bit of this or some of that and you'd like to "Use-It-Up!" I can't wait to use up those overripe bananas in some Peanut butter banana brownies!
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on October 18, 2012
Read about it in 'the complete tightwad gazette' and love using it when faced with leftovers. If you are a fan of saving time and money, you to will love it.
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