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Eat Cheap but Eat Well Paperback – Bargain Price, April 13, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
Recipes are marked with a cost guide: c =under $5 for 4, $ under $7 for 4, and $$ under $7 for 2. There are so many needed good tips, such as cautions about washing anything raw chicken comes into contact with. Explanations of the dishes are written before each recipe, explaining what it is, some substitutions that can be made for ingredients or in order to make the recipe vegetarian - all very good hints.
There is one recipe per page which leads to less confusion and mistakes made. The print is of of a decent size. The only bad thing is that the explanations before each one is written in a lighter brown ink , which is sometimes harder to see.
There are many multi cultural recipes as well as favorites such as chicken and dumplings (by the way a great version) including his tips on adding flour as a thickener. One grand thing about the contents of the book is that most of the recipes are for what could be used for main meals: poultry, pork, meats, pasta, fish, seafood, eggs, salads, soups and sandwiches.
So this is truly a help for eating cheap when you have this many main dishes in a cookbook. Even some of the vegetable-vegetarian pages could be and are main dishes. Only about 30 pages are devoted to vegetable-vegetarian and desserts. There are about 16 pages of illustrations of various dishes and the index is very good with recipes listed under the main ingredients.
We have a vegetable garden growing this year and I'm so excited to use our fresh home grown ingredients with his flavor rich recipes. He teaches simple techniques to get even this work at home mom cooking like a chef. His book is designed with busy people in mind, there's no excuse to not get into the kitchen and cook! Enjoy!
Don't be afraid to alter the recipes some to fit your tastes or budget. (This goes for any recipe)
I've found the recipes to offer a range from different regions of the world. Prices on groceries vary from place to place, so use what is inexpensive/in season in your area.
These are my thoughts to some of the other reviews:
About the meat- these recipes are for 4 or more people and you can always cut back on the amount of meat in a recipe and add more vegetables or starches. What I do is watch for sales on meats, using chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts (they're less expensive and more flavorful), pork shoulder/butt (again when it's on sale), pretty much anything in the "clearance/discounted" section at the grocery store, provided it looks/smells ok. Then if I'm not using it right away, into the freezer it goes.
About the "spice heavy/lots of spices", start with the recipes you do have spices for. And when you need spices ask a friend if they have some you could use, or look for sales, check the international section of the market or go to an Indian grocer or Lantino market. Buy small amounts and try the spices in other recipes. Spices help the flavor of a dish and can be left out if you don't like/have it, won't taste the same but that's obvious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed when I received this book. It has very few pictures of the recipes and a whole lot of the author doing nothing but hanging out in a grocery store. Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Ruth Ann Delladio
There were some recipies that looked good, but over all the meals were not something I would want to just grab this book and make.Published on December 27, 2012 by AW
I really can't review the book as it is a Christmas gift and I have not received it yet. One would think that at this time of year it might be advisable to ask for reviews after... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by lakelady
This book has a lot of yummy looking recipes, but I haven't tested any yet! They all have a fairly long list of ingredients and tend to be meat and spice heavy (a lot of them call... Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Deanna Johnson