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Jack Monroe
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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 (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201 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)

About the Author

Jack was awarded the 2013 Fortnum and Mason Judges' Choice Award for the impact that her blog, A Girl Called Jack, has had. She is now a well-known campaigner against hunger and poverty in the UK, weekly recipe columnist for the Guardian, and winner of Women of the Year 2014.

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121 of 125 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, easy and affordable 6 Mar 2014
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I pre-ordered this book weeks ago and couldn't wait til I got my hands on it - and the wait was worth it. Firstly, it contains recipes for food I actually fancy eating. Secondly, none of the recipes are labour-intensive, and since I have ME/CFS, this is a vitally important consideration. Thirdly, (also vitally important since the DWP cut my sickness benefit to 0.00, with only my NI contributions paid) the recipes are all affordable, with ingredients you don't have to hunt down at specialist shops (I'm sick of recipe books saying "You can find X in your local supermarket" - not in mine you can't!). The ingredients are also interchangeable, so by buying a packet of one item, you can use it in several of the recipes.
I've already made 4 of the recipes and devoured the results. In the next few weeks, I'll be working my way through still more, and enjoying every minute.
The book is colourful, bright and very readable, as well as being practical. Well done all round to the team who produced it. We need more like this!
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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - lives up to the reputation 27 Feb 2014
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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations Jack! 2 Mar 2014
By ManxMag
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Firstly to confess that I'm extremely fortunate that personally I'm not forced to eat on such a limited budget as others but I am passionate about good food and even more so about fairness. I have long been a fan of Jack's for many reasons: as a voice for so many who suffer in silence, for her determination to get the issue of the nation's poverty and hunger properly shaken out from under the carpet, but also for her imaginative, delicious ideas. She has made me face my own blasé food and money waste at home and I now budget far more effectively than ever before. I have enjoyed all her recipes on the blog but how brilliant this book is! I normally stick to Kindle in an effort to cut down stuff at home but I'm so pleased I bought the paperback version of this as this is a quality publication and the pictures are beautiful.

I know that this will be one of those books which will be passed on to the next generation covered in splashes and notes in the margins etc as it evolves through my own use.

Thank you to Jack for a great book but also for so much more.
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Love this book. Easy to follow, delicious recipes.
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Certainly gives some good suggestions, some of which I was unsure about tillI tried them will have save enough housekeeping to pay for the book very soon
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great budget cookbook. ideal for students and low income families
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Much fun - this book and I admire the author.
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Want to support this lady and get access to excellent recipes, buy it
Published 8 days ago by butterfly
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Lovely recipes from an inspiring girl.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. Ann P. Gallacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, reignited my cooking mojo!
I treated myself to this book with an Amazon gift certificate that I'd been given. I'm on an extremely low budget so figured if I only buy one cook book this year, it should be... Read more
Published 11 days ago by S. Brock
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What a great book with loads of fun recipes. What a clever lady.
Published 11 days ago by Mrs H K Billison
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Loved it! Easy, straightforward recipes (without the usual mountain of ingredients demanded by cookbooks) which produce wholesome and delicious family food. My most used cookbook.
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