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Broke-Ass Cookbook: Cheap & Easy Meals for Hardworking, Struggling Families Paperback – May 15, 2012
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I am the parent of a child under 12 with autism and a daughter who is soon to leave home. Each of them enjoyed the recipes. In fact, my daughter has been adding some of them to her personal recipe cards for future use.
*Bonus, we tried one of the meal ideas with 1/4 lb. of ground turkey and didn't really notice the lesser amount of meat. We are also starting meals with either a soup or salad. What a difference on what we actually eat of the main meal!!!!
Thanks for sharing and I hope you will share more ideas/recipes in the future.
PS I have a full time home daycare, so child friendly meals always inspire me! :)
Foster writes about growing up in a household where her mother supported her family on a secretary's salary. Foster writes she never felt deprived as her mother practiced frugal living while keeping them well fed.
The recipes are practical and easy to prepare. They will also stretch the food budget. Some of the recipes you will find in her cookbook include:
Hot Dogs and Spaghetti
Tuna Noodle Minus the Casserole
Herb Lemon Roasted Chicken
Homemade Chicken Stock
Foster offers plenty of frugal tips too such as saving cooking water to reuse later (wish I had thought of that) or add chicken bouillon to recipes to help boost flavor.
The book is well written and there is an active table of contents making navigation easy.
A welcome new perspective!
I especially was surprised by the reasoning for serving soup every evening before meals.
I was motivated because I thought that cooking with less meat was innovative and I wanted to try it to see if I would really notice the difference.
So far I've made the Golden Mushroom Pasta, the Easy Chili Mac, and the Enchiladas. I also like the cookbook because I wanted to try new recipes and I'd never made any of these before.
I found that I really didn't miss the extra meat, which not only saves money, it saves on cholesterol. I had never tried Chili Mac (didn't even know what it was), and to me it didn't taste like chili but to my surprise it was good. I did use real butter though.
This cookbook even inspired me to make my own italian dressing, because I needed some for the chicken breasts and didn't have any in the house, lol. The enchiladas were surprisingly good and not too salty, which is an improvement over restaurants.
It is a bit too much pasta and tomato sauce to eat like this every day, but for a few times a week I think these recipes are a great option.
One of the things I was particularly bothered by was the advice to give cooked bones, particularly ham bones, to your dog. Dogs can get pancreatitis from ham and this can kill them. Cooked bones can splinter and this can also kill them. If you must give a bone to your dog see the butcher for a fresh beef marrow bone and serve it raw.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent book. Reminded of the way my Grandma used to talk about her mother used to cook before the healthy way of cooking came about.Published 10 months ago by janet
I love this cookbook. Gives fast and easy recipes for my budget!Published 12 months ago by Brandi Bell
What I like about this cookbook is that the author explains what you're doing and why you're doing it. She doesn't assume that the reader is an experienced cook. Read morePublished 22 months ago by mychellem
I got this to give to my son and his wife. And desided to read it myself before giving it to them.Published on October 22, 2013 by Memory Verellen
APPARENTLY THEY WERE TOO BROKE TO WRITE A COOK BOOK, ITS SMALL AND CHINSEY. TRULY A WASTE OF MONEY. DONT BOTHERPublished on April 4, 2013 by LADY BIKER
This cookbook is a good starter set of recipes for someone new to cooking. A little more basic than I was looking for, but it looks like good "normal" American foodPublished on February 27, 2013 by J. L. Knox