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The author's selection of two hundred and a bit preferred recipes (out of a thousand or so he has tried) is varied and well composed if you want to prepare a balanced delicious meal.
The recipes are easy to follow, not difficult to prepare and the end results ( those that we cooked so far) are very nice (this is your British understatement at its best) and while they might not be entirely frugal to everybody's pocket most are certainly quite gourmet.
We are nowhere near trying the 260 or so recipes but it won't be long before we will have to ask Michael Burwen for a sequel.
Have tried several of the recipes and they are easy and good. Would recommend this to anyone who likes good food without a lot of fuss.
1. The author states Mastercook is no longer available and he now uses Living Cookbook. Mastercook is alive and well and can be purchased online at the website of the same name. You can find Mastercook 14 at the website and it is being sold for $25 or less, if I remember right.
2. He claims Amazon prime is $80 a year. He's close but not close enough as Amazon Prime membership is $79 a year the last time I checked.
As to the recipes: I would not call all the recipes frugal but I would call them gourmet. Most frugal cooks are not able to afford to purchase and cook luxury ingredients such as:
You will find the above ingredients used in his frugal cookbook.
You will find some ingredients or recipes that are frugal. They are:
German Apple Pancake
Balsamic-Braised Pot Roast
Chickens en Papillote (uses Vermouth but if you need to be terribly frugal you could substitute chicken broth as I've done this in a pinch)
I tried very hard to find some frugal recipes in this book but it was difficult. Of course my idea of frugality differs from his. When I am really being frugal I do make some truly frugal recipes such as:
Corn Dog Muffins
I did not find any of the above recipes in his cookbook.
I do believe the author meant well, and I guess it all depends on how you define frugal cooking. For most frugal cooks, I suspect, you will not find them cooking with any of the ingredients I listed as luxury ingredients earlier in this review.
Recommend with caveats given.
This book presents an eclectic assortment of more than 200 recipes from cuisines around the world, organized into 18 chapters by type of dish. In addition to recipes there are great sections on cooking equipment and ingredients, including advice on shopping online for spices and other hard-to-find items.
The book is easy reading, written in a pleasant conversational style. It's a worthwhile addition to your cookbook library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One friend wished the book had some photos. I am definitely recommending this recipe book to friends and family. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Fran kerbajian
Mikey's book is fabulous. As a friend of almost thirty years, I must say I have never eaten as well as I have at his home. He entertained a great deal and his meals were superb. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Judith Marx Golub
This is more than a cookbook! Mr. Burwen has integrated many helpful shopping tips into his recipe descriptions and I have found them useful already. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Frances D. Kaufman
The author invites you to explore your creative juices as he guides you through islands of culinary delights. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Edward Fullerton
When the world ends I'm keeping this book above all my other cookbooks! Michael Burwen's narrative is fun and well written.Published on August 13, 2013 by Joanne Ferris
I cook extensively but rarely use cookbooks or recipes as I love to experiment. However, after browsing through this book, I found so many delicious sounding ideas that, like the... Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by michael