- Hardcover: 388 pages
- Publisher: Gramercy (April 12, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517203650
- ISBN-13: 978-0517203651
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frugal Gourmet Hardcover – April 12, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a very fascinating book.It is not a recipe book, not a history book, not a travel book and not a book on his thoughts about cooking, it is all four elements presented in a well illustrated and well organized book.
His writing and quips brought me many smiles and giggles, so it is also entertaining as well as being a study into the cooking histories of China, Rome and Greece.
I read many books and usually donate most to second hand stores.I don't have lots of space for keeping things.Some of my books,I had to pay for in installments because they were rare and expensive.
This one will stay with me.It costed me only fifty cents and bought me a wealth of information.
I'll share a bit of information, to the Chinese cooking "is not a part of living,it is living".Greeks were instrumental in developing the frying pan.The very early Romans lived primarily on grains.
If you like cooking, history, and memoirs, you'll adore this wonderful book by Jeff Smith and I recommend it highly.
If ever a cook book could make someone want to be creative in a kitchen, this is it.
What can I say. I love it.
A side note: Jeff Smith passed away last year. Despite the truth or not of the allegations from the men regarding incidents 20 yrs prior as teenagers, Jeff Smith did help contribute a great deal to the overall appreciation of food and its preparation in everyday life.
I cook every day, usually from scratch, but prospective buyers should know that ANYONE can make the many fine recipes found in here. Oh, yes, I know that The Frug got into a little trouble late on in his life, and with his career on PBS, but that never affected the quality of his culinary brilliance.
Here's an idea. Just about every library around has this cookbook. Check it out, try a few recipes, and then decide if you want it. I'll bet you end up buying it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book new in the early 90's, glad I found it again.Published 5 months ago by Tammy Miller
great recipes. came in just as seller stated, fast delivery and had no issuesPublished 6 months ago by allan sisson
The book was in great condition, I love Jeff Smith's cooking tips and recipes!Published 7 months ago by Recurring
A classic that has recipes you can always count on to be good. My parents used this book all the time and always made good food. Now it's part of my own cookbook collection.Published 8 months ago by Kaley Quinn
It's an interesting compilation of my two favorite cuisines: Chinese and Italian. A few of the Chinese recipes are for dishes I remember from
childhood and it's great to have... Read more