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Not Just Beans Plastic Comb – August, 2002

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Editorial Reviews


"...clever, well-organized and easy to read. If you like the Tightwad Gazette Books, you'll love Not Just Beans." -- Kim Tilley, frugalmoms.com, February 2000

"...not only the best cookbook I've seen, but a complete family savings guide as well. Highly recommended." -- Terry Rigg, homemoneyhelp.com, August 2001

About the Author

For over 20 years, Not Just Beans author Tawra Kellam has lived the frugal lifestyle. Her mother's determination to persevere through extraordinarily difficult financial circumstances is the basis of Tawra's frugal thinking. Tawra is known on the Internet for her expertise in frugal living. She publishes the frugal living web site, Notjustbeans.com, participates in group discussions on several simple living and frugal bulletin boards and advises people regularly how to save money. Tawra, her husband and 2 kids live in Wichita, Kansas. In the last 5 years, they have paid off $20,000 personal debt on an average income of $22,000 per year.

Tawra is a housewife who likes to say that she has a "masters" in domestic engineering with an emphasis in economics and pediatrics.


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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Not Just Beans Publishing; 2nd edition (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967697425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967697420
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle Jones on March 31, 2004
Format: Plastic Comb
Not Just Beans - 50 Years of Frugal Family Favorites, by Tawra Kellam, is an excellent cookbook and frugal living resource!
I've been an avid cookbook collector for most of my life, and I can tell you, without a doubt, this is absolutely one of the best cookbooks on the market for frugal cooks! I've just finished reviewing the entire book myself and feel it should be on the kitchen counter of every household!
Not only does this delightful cookbook contain 542 recipes, there is a large tip section in the front and back of the book that are filled with great tips for frugal cooking, meal planning, grocery shopping, saving time in the kitchen, freezing foods, snack ideas for kids, jar mixes and other gift ideas, homemade seasonings, household cleaners, fun stuff to make with kids, menu ideas, and more!
In addition, Tawra has included an extra tip page at the beginning of each section of recipes (Breakfast, Breads, Soups, etc...), and more tips are spread throughout the entire cookbook, many of which are great money-saving tips!
Not Just Beans is truly a must have for frugal cooks, but I would also recommend this cookbook for anyone just starting out on their own. Leaving home (and mom's great cooking) is not always easy, but with this cookbook in hand at least it will be a lot easier for new cooks to put delicious meals on the table; the recipes are easy to prepare and easy on the budget!
I get letters all the time from people wanting to know what they can cook for their families on a tight budget, other than just beans! I remember thinking the same thing when our family first encountered difficult financial times many years ago. In fact, I said to my husband "What in the world am I going to cook (on a food budget of $30 a week) besides macaroni and cheese...
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This frugal living book is filled with great tasting,
easy to make recipes using inexpensive ingredients, most of which we
usually have on hand. Yes, there are a couple beans and rice recipes,
but they are there to prove that even beans and rice can taste good!
You'll find recipes for just about everything such as Breakfast, Breads,
Beans and Vegetables, Pickles, Dressings and Salads, Pasta, Rice, Side
Dishes, Meats and Main Dishes, all kinds of Desserts, Beverages, Jar
Mixes, Kids and many more.
But wait....this is not just a cookbook! Dispersed throughout this book
are tips galore! Timesaving Tips and Shortcuts, Household Tips,
Dessert Tips, Bean and Vegetable Tips, Kid Tips, and Freezer Tips
along with a Freezer Guide that includes the average time span for
certain frozen foods and a list of the recipes in the book that will
freeze well. This is helpful for those who do once a month cooking.
The chapter on The Basics of Frugal Cooking will help to get you
started and will have you on your way towards drastically cutting your
food bill. The author, Tawra Kellam, paid off over $20,000 in debt in
just five years on an average income of $22,000 a year. That sounds
like a lot of beans, but according to Tawra, "You can eat frugally
without living on beans alone." After trying her recipes and tips you
too will find the proof in the pudding!
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I love this book! It has seen us through some really tough times. The weeks we are broke my husband thinks we are eatting better than normal. Everything I have tried has turned out great, the Chicken & dumplings, french dressing, pumpkin bread, no bake cookies, chicken salad and the list goes on. (My kids love the play-dough recipe). This book is sooo worth it's price. I would love to buy a couple copies for our local food bank.
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OH MY GOSH this is exactly the book I have been looking for.

I have loads of cook books from expensive recipes to amish style cooking and this one is my FAVORITE!!! Now when I do my bi-weekly meal planning I grab ONLY this book instead of a whole bunch of my other cook books. I was looking for something that was good old style cooking without all those ingrediants that I never have on my shelf because they are too expensive.

Super easy and delicious recipes.

Better then Betty Crocker :o).

I recommend this book out to EVERYONE I know.

My only problem is that my book is falling apart because I abuse the heck out of it.

I will just have to order another one soon. I WON"T dare go without my 'Not Just Beans" cookbook.

I just want to say a BIG thank you for making this WONDERFUL cookbook its exactly what I was looking for. I am teaching my teen age daughter to cook with this book. :o)

My only question is will you make Not Just Beans #2 ?

*hee hee*. Hint Hint. with more of you wonderful recipes!!!

Those reveiws that complain about too much fat, sugar etc can EASILY be adapted to fit there lifestyle.

I was surprised to see some of the reveiws in there about this not being low fat etc. It DOESN"T Claim to be.

Some people like my family need the fat in our diet or we would wither away to nothing. and our cholesteral is great.

I used Whole Wheat flour and honey in place of some of the ingredients in her recipes and have had great success. As well as you can cut down the fat also. Using lower fat cheeses, sourcream etc. So the only dissappointment that I have are the people that complain that they can't use it because its not vegan enough or low fat.
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