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Jack Monroe
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Book Description

27 Feb 2014

100 easy and delicious meals on a tight budget with Jack Monroe's A Girl Called Jack.

Jack is a cash-strapped single mum living in Southend. When she found herself with a shopping budget of just £10 a week to feed herself and her young son, she addressed the situation with immense resourcefulness, creativity and by embracing her local supermarket's 'basics' range. She created recipe after recipe of delicious, simple and upbeat meals that were outrageously cheap. Learn with Jack Monroe's A Girl Called Jack how to save money on your weekly shop whilst being less wasteful and creating inexpensive, tasty food.

Recipes include Vegetable Masala Curry for 30p a portion, Pasta alla Genovese for 19p a portion, Fig, Rosemary and Lemon Bread for 26p and a Jam Sponge reminiscent of school days for 23p a portion.

'Sassy, political, and cooking amazing food on £10 a week. We need more like her' - Xanthe Clay, The Telegraph

Jack Monroe is a 24-year-old single mother and local newspaper reporter. Finding herself with a food budget of just £10 a week, she began to create nutritious recipes to feed herself and her son. Giving the recipes out to a local food bank, to help others in her situation, she then began to publish them online on her blog, A Girl Called Jack, which now has thousands of followers. Jack was awarded the 2013 Fortnum and Mason Judges' Choice Award for the impact that her blog has had. She lives in Essex with her son.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718178947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718178949
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A terrific resource for anyone trying to cook nutritious and tasty food on a tight budget (Sunday Times)

A plain-speaking, practical austerity cookery guide - healthy, tasty and varied. (Patrick Butler The Guardian)

Prepare to feel very inspired, and very hungry. (Look)

A powerful new voice in British food (Observer)

100 tasty, cheap-as-chips - but much healthier - recipes (Good Housekeeping)

Sassy, political, and cooking amazing food on £10 a week. We need more like her. (Xanthe Clay The Telegraph)

Packed with inexpensive, delicious ideas to feed a family for less (Woman and Home)

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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't thank enough 28 Feb 2014
By Serena
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I followed Jack online, but having no money to buy a new printer for her recipes, the book was a much better financial option. All her recipes are budget friendly, allowing the financially pinched and those who just want to cut down an opportunity to do so. A fair number of Jack's methods are wonderful to get the kids involved in the lost art of home economics. Learning to knead bread and melt chocolate, prepare hummus and blend vegetables for soups. A well seasoned cook I may be amongst family and friends alike, but our finances are not what they were like millions of others.
Children, homes and fuel are as ever more expensive, food is one area to save, but there is little point if no one will eat the cheap fair you can present on a table. Not so the case when following these recipes. This beautiful and well written book has opened my eyes to traditional food with modern takes for those wishing to be financially economic during 2014.
There are both sweet, savory, light and filling meals, plenty of photographs to indulge the eyes over. Jack's personal story at the start, flowing through 100 recipes to her her much happier life experiences now.
Jack has become someone to look up to, from those who, like myself many, many moons ago, came from wondering if having the heating on was worth the financial ramifications and final demands from the council tax office later that month. Struggling to look people in the eye lest they know you were living off jacket potatoes and cheap ice cream so you could buy that extra blanket to keep warm.
Jack has been there too, and I am thrilled that she has made it through poverty and come out still smiling. This book is truly inspiring on all levels.
Long may her cooking career and campaigning against poverty continue.
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - lives up to the reputation 27 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a great admirer of Jack and all that she has done and what an inspiration she is to us all.

Her recipes always work and to get 100 in a book is amazing - just what is needed. None are complicated and all of us can make them without trouble. What's more they cover all the different types of food and all times of day. It is so different to those TV cooks to whom cooking on a budget means buying the Big Satan's finest pork instead of buying it from a rare breed farm outlet.

There are some handy tips on how to shop and what to keep in the cupboard and what you need to cook with - all eminently sensible BUT I do feel she could have passed on more of her undoubted expertise in this field.

Pay heed to her bread recipes - they are quirky and very good - not found elsewhere - and of course she tells you exactly how to do it.- there are easier ways but hers works. If all that kneading is too much look at the Atomic Shrimp website.

I simply cannot tell you just how good this book is and how grateful I am to have got it. Arrived first thing this morning and everything else was put to one side while I devoured it. I look forward to devouring all the delicious food she has described (I have tried a fair few that were in her blog so I KNOW they work.

Well done Jack - BRILLIANT.

EDIT : some surly person has been through all the excellent reviews made of this book and marked each one with an unhelpful tick in the box to "no this review wasn't helpful". Amazing. This occurred at about 5.45 p.m. on 27th February - wonder what his/her agenda was?
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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Regular readers of Jack Monroe's blog will be familiar with her excellent recipes that conjour up quick tasty and above all, cheap meals from store-cupboard staples such as tinned chickpeas, lentils and cut-price bacon.
Those who have tried the recipes will know that they mostly work, and work extremely well.

This book is a collection of the blog recipes along with new ones but it is also so much more. The first nice surprise was the format - an A4 sized softback packed with beautiful but realistic photos by Susan Bell of each dish opposite the ingredients and method.

For some recipes such as 'Use -Me-For-Anything Tomato Sauce' there are helpful stage by stage photos arranged to make the procedures easy to follow; ideal for nervous novice cooks.

Each recipe has plenty of suggestions for variations - vegetarians and vegans will find that many of these recipes can be adapted to suit them.
For those not too familiar with her work, Jack introduces herself with some moving extracts from her blog - including the now-famous 'Hunger Hurts' piece - and at the end of the book, 'Hunger Hurts - One Year Later', showing just how far Jack has come in that time.
There is some incredibly sensible advice on the basics needed to equip a kitchen. The only expensive item required in many recipes is a blender, and Jack's cost under a tenner.

Sound advice is given on how to shop with a very limited budget and build up a store-cupboard at the same time - proteins first, vegetables second, then one store-cupboard carb per week -rice, bags of pasta, tins of potatoes (tins work out much cheaper than fresh and are surprisingly versatile). Then back to the fruit or tinned fruit with any spare cash.
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Published 19 hours ago by MRS CATRIN E KARVIK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little read
really well written endearing book,lost a star due to the recipes all being quite adventurous and for your standard family I wonder how many of these recipes my children would... Read more
Published 1 day ago by loubee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bought for my daughter, a student. she loves it
Published 2 days ago by Jane Arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cook book for all
Great book, great narrative and real recipes, love the speed of the recipes too
Published 4 days ago by Sarah Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars Never intended to be a gourmet cook book just good food on a budget as...
Never intended to be a gourmet cook book just good food on a budget as it states on the front cover.
Published 6 days ago by Mr. Kenneth Mellor
5.0 out of 5 stars a girl called Jack
This lady has lived it. She is like a beacon of hope. Buy her book. Read her recipes. Tell your friends.
Published 6 days ago by Ckav
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but wine and oven baking on 10 a week....? Really?
I borrowed this from the library, as we can't afford to buy books just now. I've read through it, and whilst some recipes are very interesting, the ones requiring baking things in... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jane Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars very good for beginners and cash strapped.
I think for beginners looking too shop cheap. Eat well. You buy this book.I admire her. But if you can cook already it's not for you.
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Using so many recipes.
Published 8 days ago by Shininglight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love love love this book
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