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Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2010
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About the Author
To that end, McCoy created her blog, poorgirlgourmet.blogspot.com, where she offers up her insights alongside delicious gourmet recipes that are inexpensive to prepare. McCoy lives on a gentleman's farm in southeastern Massachusetts.
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Here are some of the recipes you will find in her cookbook:
Spicy Carrot Ginger Soup (Serves 4 for $5 to $10)
Harvest Balsamic Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing (Serves 4 for $10 to $15)
Perfect Roasted Chicken with Spicy Orange Sauce (Serves 4 for $5 to $10)
Sweet Italian Sausage with Apple and Fennel Seed (Serves 4 for $5 to $10)
Ginger Soy Sirloin Tip Stir-Fry with Mushrooms (Serves 4 for $10 to $15)
Roasted Carrots with Thyme (Serves 4 for $5 or less)
Butterhorns (dinner rolls) (Serves 24 for $5 or less)
Apple Crumble with Dried Cranberries (Serves 6 to 8 for $5 to $10)
As you can see if you created a meal with a salad, main course, bread and dessert the meal could be considered gourmet but a tad expensive. To break it down further here's a sample menu using some of the recipes listed above:
Harvest Balsamic Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing is $2.50 per serving
Perfect Roasted Chicken with Spicy Orange Sauce is $1.25 (I assumed $5 for the recipe not $10)
Roasted Carrots with Thyme is $1.Read more ›
And many recipes seem a little basic, like things you could think of yourself.
I'm not a cook or culinary expert. I never make fancy meals. So by basic I just mean really really not creative, just easy and expected college kid style stuff, like stuff that could be a revelation for a 10-16 year old.
It says "gourmet", so I thought there'd be a little sophistication in the meals. Or at least something that could surprise you, excite you, and broaden your mind. Maybe like many different cultures, maybe some meals people haven't heard of. I thought it was a book that allows you to be gourmet on a low budget, which you can do and many people do.
That seems like a lofty criticism, but it SAYS gourmet! So it's fine, but just slightly misleading.
I think it could still be exciting for maybe an 18 year old.
The Roasted Cauliflower is to die for. I previously had a very favorite roasted cauliflower recipe but this one blows it away. My husband laughed at me when I told him how much better it was than the recipe we have been using for years (involving balsamic and parmesan) but when he tried it he was amazed at how delicious it really was. The Braised Pork Shoulder is the best pork recipe I have ever made, hands down. Of course I had to substitute apple juice for cider but I think the author would approve with her frugal approach: why buy a new ingredient when something on hand will work just fine? The Meatballs and Sauce were equally amazing, this coming from someone who already has The World's Best Sauce recipe in her repertoire. When I made Panzenella with the last tomatoes of the season from our CSA farm box I thought my husband would protest a dinner of bread and tomatoes but he loved it! Last night I made Ribollita (using canned beans and chicken broth instead of dry beans and water) and we both thought it was excellent!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely ADORE this cook book! Amy's tips and tricks are incredibly easy and make living on a budget totally doable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by K
I love this book. Delicious, creative and EASY recipes. I especially like the attention paid to vegetables and presenting them in new and yummy ways. Great book, great gift!Published on January 20, 2014 by Tablerich blog
Nice looking book, haven't had a chance to cook anything yet. My sister suggested this book, as she follows the blog.Published on July 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I really liked this author, cute, quirky personality and writing style. The recipes are good and not difficult to reproduce.Published on March 22, 2013 by Carol Marner
interesting,good, will recommend, do not have the time to write a paragraph. Should keep this as only checking the stars.Published on March 19, 2013 by Sybil Hickes
This is an OK cookbook, but not what I expected. I'm not giving it a bad review, it's just totally different than I thought it would be.Published on January 8, 2012 by Loralaine Kraine
Frugal foodies everywhere will love Amy McCoy's gastronomical bible, Poor Girl Gourmet. Why suffer through Hamburger Helper when you can enjoy dishes like Roasted Chicken Legs... Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Laura Anderson