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Delia's Frugal Food [Hardcover]

Delia Smith
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Book Description

30 Oct 2008

At a time when money worries are front-page news, Britain's most trusted cook, Delia Smith, is once again on hand with a wide range of tasty recipes that are cheap and easy to prepare.

Being frugal can be fun once you've learned a few simple tricks, among them:

buying fresh produce when it's in season

replacing more expensive ingredients with humbler alternatives

experimenting with different cuts of meat

being creative with leftovers.

Thirty years on, the message of Delia's Frugal Food has never seemed more relevant. With some 170 recipes, from luxury soups to paupers' puddings, this new illustrated edition shows you how to eat well without having to spend a fortune.

Chapters include:

The Cheap Charter

Luxury Soups

Eggs and Us

Frugal Fish

Chicken's Lib

Forequarter Front

Offal - But I Like You

Bangers Are Beautiful

Cook for Victory

Go with the Grain

Who Needs Meat?

Quickening Pulses

Back to Baking

Pauper's Puddings

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (30 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034091856X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340918562
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million to date. She began her writing career 40 years ago on the Daily Mirror and since then has presented very many cookery series on television and published numerous bestselling cookery books including Delia Smith's Cookery Course, Summer and Winter Collections, The Vegetarian Collection, Delia's How to Cook and Delia's Happy Christmas among others.

After a five-year break in 2003 to concentrate on Norwich City Football Club (where she is a director) and Canary Catering, Delia returned in 2008 with a new BBC TV series and the fastest-selling cookery book of all time, How to Cheat at Cooking. Her Complete How to Cook was released in 2009 to celebrate 40 years of writing recipes and was voted the Most Useful Cookery Book of All Time. She was also awarded a CBE for her services to the food industry. Delia is married to the writer and editor, Michael Wynn Jones. They live in Suffolk.

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The seventies classic - more relevant now than ever!

About the Author

Delia Smith CBE is the UK's best-selling cookery author, having published over 21 million copies since her first book, How to Cheat at Cooking, was published in 1973. Her cookery books, including Delia's Frugal Food, Delia Smith's Cookery Course and Delia's Complete How to Cook have become instant classics and are firm favourites of cooks around the world, making Delia a household name. Awarded both an OBE and a CBE in recognition of her "contribution to television cooking and recipe writing," Delia's signature, no-nonsense approach to cooking has inspired millions of home cooks to master the culinary basics and prepare classic, delicious meals with minimum fuss.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a 70s classic, more relevant now than ever 13 Nov 2008
this book looks great - it reminds me of another favourite of mine, sophie grigson's "country kitchen" in both artwork and recipes.

most of the recipes are plain, good old fashioned fare, but easy to cook and delicious to eat. i have tried kipper quiche (it was fantastic), bangers braised in cider (mouthwatering) and curried eggs with cauliflower (believe it or not, surprisingly gorgeous). and reading through the recipes there is none that seems would be particularly difficult or time-consuming to make.

most of the ingredients are easy enough to source. in fact, that should be ALL of the ingredients. there is nothing that you cannot buy down at your local monopolising supermarket or independent butcher. the most exotic item i could find was powdered mace, and even my rubbishy local asda had that.

and what's more, ms smith's royalties will go to CAFOD (the catholic fund for overseas development), a highly deserving charity.

a prized addition to my collection, i can recommend this book highly.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A culinary classic 23 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a book for real cooks. It is also a book for people trying to feed a family well on a limited budget, as the title suggests. I brought my children up on it and at times things were very frugal. Nevertheless they ate well in all senses of the word - flavour, quality and balance. There is a wide range of recipes, and all of the ones that I have tried really do work. Don't be misled by the word 'Frugal' in the title. This is a set of superb recipes by any standard. Even my 25 year old son, who is now a chef, remembers the book.
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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome makeover for cheap and cheerful classic 22 Nov 2008
"Frugal Food" was the first cookbook that I bought. That was 25 years ago. Since then, my (much-used) paperback copy has fallen apart and gone to the great recycling plant in the sky.

It's good, then, to find, not only a new edition, but one that's been updated to take account of changes in what we eat and how we cook. Lard and dripping have been replaced by ground nut oil and you don't even have to make your own pastry - frozen is fine. Good, too, that this has been issued as a hardback: paperback cookery books were never a good idea.

The recipes are basically the same as before - good food made from ingredients that won't break the bank - simple enough for students, ordinary enough for the family and good enough to serve to friends.

Although the emphasis is on economy, there's more than a hint of comfort food here that will not go amiss as the recession deepens and the thermometer falls. Beef in cider - yum - I can hardly wait.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic! 19 Nov 2008
I have been using this book since it was first published and my old copy fell apart some years ago, forcing me to search for another copy which I managed to do via Amazon. Since then, guess what, Frugal Food has suddenly come into it's own, with a whole new edition!!

I use this book all the time for good homely reliable recipes - just look at all the things you can do with a pound of sausages, and every receipe a winner - you will not regret buying this book at all!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delia's Frugal Food 6 Jun 2009
I have a copy of the original of this book which I have used for many years. This one comes up to scratch things having moved on considerably since 1976. I particularly like the one recipe per page but the real proof is in the quality of the recipes. I did not really go for Delia's incursion into expensive foods (70 for a joint of ham was a bit too much) and I have always seen her as a modern Mrs Beaton which she should stick to.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More no-nonsense cooking from Delia. 31 Dec 2008
By altjo
Although I had not read the original 'Frugal Food' I still found this book useful. It is based on her original book published in the '70s and has been updated for today's readers/cooks.

As a child of the seventies I found it very interesting from a 'historical' point of view (TVP anyone?) and the recipes are easy to follow and simple for just normal everyday food.

Most people know that to eat cheaply you have to shop in season and buy as little processed food as possible which is quite different to her 'how to Cheat' book - clearly Delia is aware of the changes in the economy since her last book!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delia at her best 12 Jun 2007
I can't remember how many copies of this book I have bought - because it's so good I recommend it to friends and end up by giving them my copy. It combines Delia's infallible recipes with budget conscious ingredients and proves that good food doesn't have to be high priced.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb slow food cook book 26 Nov 2008
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I bought this after reading the other reviews and I have not been disappointed. Her common sense shines through as always and of the recipes tried thus far, my hungry brood of teenagers have loved them. Thank you for re publishing it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ONLY USED THIS ONCE but the recipes are quite good a lot better i...
ONLY USED THIS ONCE but the recipes are quite good a lot better i think than jamies money saving one this one is more food you would cook eg toad in the hole which i made and for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr M R Bhatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Delia
I have very few of delias recepie books but this one I really like it has some good vedgitarian ideas and the others are not way over my status like some can be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars More common sense than frugal
I've enjoyed reading through this cook book to get Delia's take on frugal eating as well and it being a re-print from 1976. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Just_meme
5.0 out of 5 stars Originally published in the 70's, now updated for modern life - a...
I love this book and am so pleased to now own the updated in 2008 version. This book was so popular in its day, the 70's a time of strikes and poverty and harsh lives. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Celticprincess
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
As always Delia comes up trumps with dishes that are unique and lovely and best of all don't cost too much to make
Published 7 months ago by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it now to save money
Frugal it may be but great food it most certainly is, this is a must buy book for that time when money is short or when like me you are suddenly having to cut back on buying... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Doreen Badnadge
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book
My parents had a copy of this when I was young and updated when this version came out. I then bought a copy for myself when I headed off to uni - a wonderful recipe book for anyone... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Sycamore
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I bought this book in the '70s when I was setting up home for the first time, and have used it ever since. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. P. M. Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly and as described
Delia has always been a firm favourite and in this current climate this was just what I was looking for
Published 13 months ago by Phil B
5.0 out of 5 stars Frugal but delicious
This elderly treasure first produced in the 70s is packed full of delicious easy to follow failsafe recipies. It's replace my battered paperback copy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ms p j rann
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