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How to Feed Your Family for 5 a Day [Paperback]

Bernadine Lawrence
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Book Description

2 Aug 2012

This kitchen classic has been fully updated with 50+ simple, delicious new recipes. This definitive guide to producing cheap, healthy meals is ideal for busy mums and kitchen novices, proving that you can still feed a family of four for £5 a day if you shop with care and make nutritious ingredients the foundation of every meal.

Whether you’re looking for a quick dinner such as Lemon Honey Lamb Shoulder with Potatoes and Fresh Thyme or Autumnal Black-Eyed Bean Stew with Dumplings, an old-school classic like Bread and Butter Pudding, or a breakfast full of flavour and energy like Golden Apricot Granola, Bernadine caters for every taste and lifestyle.

Bernadine has had over two decades experience of cooking for a family on a budget, and knows what really works. Her recipes are child-friendly and she has a wealth of practical tips on how to stick to an incredible £35 groceries budget, use up leftovers and prevent food waste.

Complete with a weekly meal planner and a guide to show which fruit and vegetables are in season, Bernadine is an expert on creating tasty meals out of nothing that you will return to time and again.

No hard-to-find ingredients, no complicated recipes, just honest, wholesome food from a cook who understands families and really will save you money.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007485654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007485659
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bernadine Lawrence attended the Regional College of Art, Bradford, 1972, under the tutorship of the notorious 60's artist, Jeff Nuttall, and has never been the same since.

She left home at 18, with £5 in her pocket, and headed to London to pursue her love of dance and frequented the Floral Street Dance Studios - home to every kind of dance on the planet.

Bernadine had a brief fling with the music business as, Snow White, vocalist on the debut album of Jah Wobble and displayed a talent for improvisation - just raw and fresh, 1st take, no rehearsal.

How To Feed Your Family For £5 A Day is a work of art, inspired by love and born out of necessity.

photo no 1 - Strawberry and Banana Pancakes. ( page 23)

photo no 2 - Beach Bernie, Santa Monica, September 2014

photo no 3 - Sauteed Onion, Tomato and Red Split Lentil Tart, with Baked Potato and Salad. (page 60)

photo no 4 - Marilyn's lemon tree, Brentwood, September 2014

photo no 5 - Outside Marilyn Monroe's last home, September 2014

photo no 6 - Black-Eyed Beanburgers, with Pitta Bread and Salad. (page 50)

photo no 7 - Hampstead 2010

photo no 8 - Baba Bernie with grand kids 2010

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“Both inspiring and very useful […] the cooking techniques are easy, and ingredients can easily be found. I would highly recommend this book to absolutely anyone.”
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“Simple, wholesome and tasty and cheap”
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“I bought this book about 15 years ago. We were on a very tight budget and this is a book with plenty of good ideas for healthy and filling food using kitchen staples and no fancy delicatessen goods. We ate very well on its contents: lunches,dinners and afters and even snack foods. My son still makes the whole fruit cake whenever he can.”
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About the Author

Bernie started to experiment and cook with wholefoods when she first came across them at 18, in a wholefood bakery in Notting Hill. Her dishes swiftly became popular with family and friends (including members of the Clash and Public Image Ltd., who often popped round for a bite to eat).

When her business collapsed, Bernadine had to find a way to feed her young family for just £28 a week and devised a hearty meal plan out of basic, wholesome ingredients.

Bernadine successfully raised her four children on these delicious meals and is delighted that they now enjoy cooking her recipes for their own children.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernadine Lawrence your amazing! 5 April 2013
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This book is amazing I only wish Bernadine Lawrence would write some more books she is amazing! I have made many of her recipes and they are delicious inexpensive and enjoyed by all the family and the money I’m spending on food has gone right down. This book is a must buy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for a tight budget 7 Mar 2013
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A good starting point for a tight budget. The prices have risen a bit since 2012 but basics are still sound.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star 12 Aug 2012
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Small and handy to have in the kitchen this updated edition has a nice layout and style. Great no-nonsense stuff, Does what it says on the tin!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it 16 Aug 2013
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This is just what I needed to budget for my family it is gd do buy the cheapest brand when shopping this was trail & error for me but at least it well worth looking into
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK EVERYONE WHO HAS A FAMILY NEEDS!! 9 May 2013
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Purchased for my wife who thinks this is an excellent book with loads of good food ideas for family eating at an affordable frice of less that 5 a day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Aug 2013
By S Toft
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A very good book with lots of recipe's which are economical and quick to make. I can thoroughly recommend this inexpensive book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Full of useful ideas in helping to feed my family. Delicious recipes. I am presently using it for my children and grand children.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I own a much-loved (and often used) copy of a 1990s edition of Bernadine Lawrence's 'How to Feed Your Family for 5 a Day' so I was interested in seeing how this revamped and modernised version would compare.

Fortunately, I have not been disappointed. This edition features some of the best (and easiest) recipes from earlier editions, including the delicious 'bargain bread' which even the least confident of cooks can make and enjoy. There are also some recipes which appear to have been changed only slightly, with perhaps more widely available ingredients substituted for the original recipes. (For instance, the 'vegetable risotto' has now become a 'red pepper risotto' but the basic recipe is essentially the same.)

There are enough variations and newer recipes to make this edition a worthy investment, even for people who already own older editions. I particularly appreciate the noticeable increase in the number of vegetarian recipes included in this edition. This is not altogether surprising given the increasing cost of meat. Fortunately, the veggie options provided here are tasty, easy to make and cheap.

This is really timely offering, given the ever-increasing cost of basic ingredients and proves that it is still possible to eat well and to enjoy a wide variety of foods and simple recipes, without needing to spend a fortune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased with product and speedy delivery .
Published 11 days ago by robert j savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Usefull and easy
Extremely helpfull and simply explained.This book is something I'll be using often.
Published 18 days ago by Catherine Perez-Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
it was a interesting book and I liked it, I got quite a few good idea's
Published 20 days ago by janeann
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
I was a bit disappointed with this book. Didn't really give me what I wanted but then it was only a fiver.
Published 1 month ago by Dawn Scrivens
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I am excited about using the book to save money and improve the quality of my life.
Published 1 month ago by michael Adamson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great for cheap quick meals
Published 2 months ago by Vikki
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
Not as useful as I expected, May be more useful for someone just beginning to shop & cook for themselves
Published 3 months ago by Rita Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars How to feed your family for 5 a day
This book is like being in the kitchen with your mum, well my mum and I am 70yrs of age and it is as relevant now as it was in the 50s. Brad
Published 3 months ago by bradders
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is Brilliant I have made some meals out of this book and they were delicious I would recommend it
Published 4 months ago by sheena campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all
The recipes are not very appetising at all. The book is not helpful in feeding a family for 5 a day. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Snowi
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