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Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare Bones Budget Paperback – June 1, 2010
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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.
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!
Some tips are very helpful, like making Vegetable Scrap Stock. I already save my chicken bones to make stock but had not thought of saving my veggie scraps for veggie stock. The author has a great sense of humor and while some of her recipes are overly wordy, filled with stories and tangents, that doesn't bother me since I don't follow recipes, anyway and really just use a list of ingredients to prepare a meal. I do think she uses too much oil and butter in her recipes but I just use less when I make them and they still come out fantastic. There is a nice variety of recipes in this book and one reason I liked it is because a lot of them were unique things I hadn't tried cooking before.
This book is probably best for someone who already loves making meals from scratch. It's not a "quick and easy" book but if you like to make real homemade food it's worth the investment of time and it is relatively easy. And some recipes really are quick and easy, a bonus having both quick recipes and long, slow cooking recipes in the same book. I also think it's great to see how much these meals are costing. I've been tracking mine and her numbers and pretty much right on with my calculations. It seems food costs keep going up and it seems I spend a small fortune on feeding my husband and myself but at least I can rest assured that my choices are frugal and we are still eating incredibly delicious food.
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.