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- Print Length: 108 pages
- Publication Date: September 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NMX2VBI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Hard Times Kitchen: Homestyle Recipes for a Small Budget Kindle Edition
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If I had any suggestions or critiques for the author/cook, it would be that if Ms. Miller is considering a second edition, or if she is working on another volume of recipes, to include more anecdotes, as with Aunt Eva's Macaroni Salad. It's nice to read about another person's relationship with food or a certain dish, and it reveals a bit of the author's personality and love of the outdoors and fresh food. I would love to read more about her personal food experience in addition to her recipes. My second suggestion would be to include photos of the dishes themselves!
The money saving tips section contains many obvious 'hints' but may be new and helpful to those just starting out on the road to better/cheaper eating. Separated into 6 different recipe sections (Breakfast, Soups and Stews, Lunch and Supper, Sides and Breads, Extra-tight Budget, Desserts) there are some nice recipes in here but I have to admit they weren't as basic as I was anticipating PLUS many of the recipes use broth which is truly not cooking from scratch unless you make it yourself which let's face it, most folks do not have time nor inclination to do. Giving the author credit where credit is due, she does say that she likes to keep homemade broth in her freezer but if out, she will use an organic variety. For those starting out on this new 'cooking more healthily and cheaper' venture though, this can be misleading. We have not had any broth bases/cans in our pantry for years! It is truly not necessary. With a fully stocked herb/spice cupboard you can make your own as you cook your meal, usually using WAY less salt and knowing all the ingredients in your meal. .
Got some ripe bananas to use up? Try the Banana Pancakes! Out of meat? How about some Pantry Veggie Potato Chili. Skillet Goulash? Yum! Yum! How do you fancy some Cabbage and Noodles with Smoked Sausage? Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage? Honey Dill Carrots? Many of the recipes have extra tip or variations at the end.
So whilst this book is okay and certainly has some nice recipes, I think it could be improved by truly cooking from scratch using individual seasonings (herbs and spices) instead of broth. Thanks, Liz