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The BrokeAss Gourmet Cookbook Paperback – May 15, 2012

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About the Author

Gabi Moskowitz is a chef, writer and the editor-in-chief of the nationally-acclaimed blog BrokeAss Gourmet. After attending college in Boston and spending three years teaching kindergarten, Gabi began to consider a career in the culinary arts. She worked as a caterer and cooking teacher before discovering food writing.

She launched BrokeAss Gourmet with friend Adam Metz in February of 2009, and since then, Gabi and the site have been featured on MSN Money, Urban Outfitters, TIME.com, NBC’s 11 O’Clock News and a plethora of national food and lifestyle blogs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Egg & Dart; Original edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983859515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983859512
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #846,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No, I most certainly did NOT. I have shelves full of them, I've given away bags full of them, and yet - I bought this one! WHY? Well - I have followed this young lady's blog by the same name for several years. She has a knack for making the most amazing things out of common ingredients and as a bonus - they don't cost much per serving! I preordered this book because I KNEW it would be great - and I am not disappointed! Gabi has a real talent for cooking AND a delightfully wacky sense of humor, which is evidenced in her comments throughout this great book. I've already bookmarked numerous recipes to try - where to begin? AH, the lamb-feta burgers with lemon-dill aioli yogurt sauce - yes!! No,wait. Perhaps the brown-sugar sriracha hot wings. Well for SURE the Chinese pork meatballs with sweet potatoes and peanut sauce. Elliott's bananas in caramel sauce to cap it off! Wherever you (or I) start - there is surely something here to please every palate and every budget. She also has great tips for stocking your pantry, wines under $10, tips for saving at your local farmer's market, and more. Don't hesitate any longer! Get the book - you'll love it too.
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Most cookbooks either have easy recipes, delicious (complex) recipes, expensive recipes, or only recipes of one type of food. WELL! This cookbook is for people who like food. Not geniuses, rocket scientists, or gastro-geeks. Well, maybe gastro-geeks. In any case, the recipes I've tasted were delicious. And remarkably doable. Not insanely complex. And not overly focused on any genre of food. Except the "yum-genre," which it totally focuses on.
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as the title of my brief review indicates, this cookery book will soon be my most used. Each page...well, with the exception of the fish as I cannot abide fish... made me drool. I simply cannot wait to begin using it - and will do so tomorrow starting with Oven Fried Sriracha Chicken. That woman knows what she's doing in a kitchen. Nicely done!
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This cookbook is filled with the most useful (and fun!) information I need in the kitchen. I don't have a lot of time to cook, but BrokeAss Gourmet makes it easy to eat a delicious, home-cooked meal (without spending a ton of money or time). I LOVE the $50 pantry, which helps me remember to stock up on the staples. The recipes are utterly delicious yet surprisingly simple -- so it's a breeze both at the store and at the stove. One of my favorite recipes is the cilantro pesto chicken, a totally elegant and easy-to-prepare crowd pleaser. To top it off, the anecdotes and stories behind Gabi's recipes make me smile. Love it!!
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For those unfamiliar with this kindergarten-teacher-turned-cuisinière's food blog (brokeassgourmet.com), I highly recommend you hop on over there, even if it's just for a cursory visit. Once you bounce around her site a bit, you'll see that Gabi's cooking philosophy is grounded in accessibility and flavor. These values carry over into her 116-recipe cookbook, where she starts with advice that will make meal-making much easier to manage no matter your skill level: how to stock a pantry with essentials like flour, olive oil, and salt for merely $50.

Continuing to flip through the pages, I found that Gabi often takes dishes that might ordinarily be intimidating, such as Pakistani Butter Chicken or Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi, and simplifies the techniques involved without sacrificing flavor. She transforms the seemingly complex recipes such that beginner and immediate cooks alike can appreciate the time, steps and stress she's saved them.

As the cookbook's name suggests, the accessibility of her recipes does not end with process and technique, but extends to acknowledge the very real financial considerations behind many what's-for-dinner decisions, especially during less-than-stellar economic times. Gabi's approach makes it clear that cooking good food at home can be just as affordable, if not more so, than subsisting entirely on boxes of overpriced undernutritious cereal and junk from Mickey D's Dollar Menu. She sticks to a strict budget of no more than $20 per recipe, some of which serve 10 people, and most of which cost half (or less!) than that upper limit.
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I frequently refer to the brokeassgourmet website for recipes, and I'll either print them or look at my iphone as I cook. I'm thrilled that a collection of these amazing recipes is finally out in print, because it makes it much easier to flip through and refer as you go along in the kitchen. The format is large enough print that it's easy to glance over and remember what steps come next, and the photos are bright and give you great ideas as far as the food presentation.

The recipes have never let me down, I always know I can impress my boyfriend or dinner guests if I pick something from her repertoire! Furthermore, the recipes are written in a simple, easy to follow manner that doesn't leave me banging my ladle against the wall. I love this book!
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