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Easy Gourmet Recipes for the Frugal Cook: Mikey Likes It! by [Burwen, Michael]
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About the Author

Cooking has been a long-time hobby. For more than 40 years, I’ve collected recipes of dishes that I personally love. The sources of these recipes are friends, family, and restaurants from around the world as a result of extensive travel when I was working for a living. Some of the recipes are of my own invention, but most of those sourced from others I’ve modified to fit my cooking style or to use ingredients that are readily available in America. Having retired from my professional life, and having nothing better to do, I decided to share a part of my recipe collection with people who like to eat. The result is this book, Mikey Likes It! I hope you do too.

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  • File Size: 1633 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publication Date: July 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DT6BBZA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This recipe guide cuts right down to the basics you need to start your cooking. No long explanations, just the essentials to start cooking. And my oh my...was I pleased with the results. I have been cooking for 6 years and grown a little tired of the same old and ordinary. So I was delightfully surprised how a few small changes can bring out some very exciting tasting results. I began with the short ribs recipe and its pleased everyone in my home. I was so excited I am still thinking of it the following day. And then onto the chicken cacciatore. What a delightful panoply of flavors a few of the right herbs can make. Thank you so much! A very fine recipe guide!
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The book grabs you from the very first page of the introduction - you can actually see the wink in the author's eye when he explains the do's and don'ts and the ingredients and utensils.

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.
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Great writing (but I'm biased, as I know the author.)

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.
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Author Michael P. Burwen has written a decent cookbook when it comes to recipes but his book does contain a couple minor inaccuracies.

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:

Clams
Shrimp
Lamb
Gruyere
Prosciutto
Parmigiano
Swordfish

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
Cupcake Blintzes
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:

Quiche
Fried Chicken
Roast Chicken
Tuna Casserole
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.

Penmouse
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This is a great collection of mouth-water recipes. Mr. Burwen covers a variety of foods from breakfast through dinner deserts. I particularly like the easy written format that he chose. While I've only tried a few out of this book (Italian Mac and Cheese is current fave), I already know that I'll find something for every occasion or meal! Congrats on a job well done!
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OK, I know Mike Burwen. But I write this review because I wish to, not because of friendship. Mike is a smart guy, and has this interesting hobby. Fortunately for us, he's willing to share his versatile and comprehensive array of favorite recipes. My wife and I are eager to start using this as our go-to cookbook. And yes, you can print out your Kindled recipes from your Mac, protecting the Mac from the adversities of the kitchen environment. At the very least, check out Mike's version of beef stroganoff. Maybe even comparing it to Julia's famous, but labor-intensive, recipe of Julie and Julia fame. Hardly anyone needs another cookbook, but this is a great addition anyway !
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If you are looking to add some pizazz to your cooking this is the book. You won't find boring food here, food cooked in the standard way. Recipes are tweaked with an extra ingredient or two and perhaps a different technique to produce great dishes that only look complicated.

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.
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