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Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2010
About the Author
As a successful freelance producer for network and cable television, Amy McCoy once enjoyed gourmet food with little concern for price. Then the recession hit and the freelance work all but disappeared. But in the economic downturn, McCoy found her mission: to eat the best food she and her husband could while spending as little as possible.
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 $1.25 per serving (I assumed $5 for the recipe)
Butterhorns 8 cents per serving (I divided 24 into $5)
Apple Crumble with Dried Cranberries 83 cents per serving (I divided 6 servings into $10)
The total meal cost for 4 people (with two extra servings for dessert) added up to a total cost per person of $5.91 or $23.64 total for a meal for 4.
By today's costs that is cheaper than going out to eat, but a bit pricey for folks living on a modest budget.
Recommend with caveats given.
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And many recipes seem a little basic, like things you could think of yourself.
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