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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (2 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184400743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844007431
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thrifty but delicious is the mantra in Tamasin's latest title. Leftovers, foraged finds or seasonal gluts are used in cookable recipes illustrated by warm homely photography."
-- The Bookseller, 17th July 2009

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Tamasin Day-Lewis is an inspirational food writer with a wonderfully refreshing style. In her own words, she writes 'for people who appreciate good food, for people of all skills'. Tamasin writes regularly for English and American Vogue, Saveur, Stella (The Telegraph Magazine), Sainsbury's Magazine, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Reader's Digest. She has also written a host of successful cookbooks, including her most recent food memoir Where Shall We Go For Dinner? A Food Romance (2007) and All You Can Eat (2008). She has also appeared in two television series entitled Tamasin's Weekends and Great British Dishes. Author Location: Somerset

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 20 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Tamasin Day Lewis's last few books have been a little disappointing. Her Kitchen Classics seemed a little rushed and I found many of the recipes unappetising and poorly written. Where Shall We Go For Dinner was a romantic fancy but not up to her usual standard and All You Can Eat is simply a compilation from her previous books (and some might argue a repeat of her brilliant Kitchen Bible).
However, with Supper for a Song, we get more than a glimmer of her previous brilliance, first glimpsed in her early books that were welcomed by true foodies. The thing with Tamasin is she is hard to market. Without the glamour of Nigella or the affable charm of Nigel Slater, she will always struggle to be accepted for what she really is - a truly exceptional food writer. Yes, she does come across as bossy and somewhat millitant about the organic food crusade. This is no bad thing and - newsflash! - the cookbook won't self-destruct if it senses that you've chosen to use produce from Tesco's budget range instead!
I have found all the recipes cooked so far to be superb, in particular the coffee and date sponge (a very cheap-to-make but delightfully simple recipe) and the chick pea and chorizo soup. Tonight I'll be making the fish pie, using whatever fish I have in my freezer.
Firstly, I feel that those who have left negative comments regarding the book and who have mentioned how wealthy Tamasin (and those who enjoy this book!) must be to cook some of these recipes, really don't have that much imagination in the kitchen. If you can't afford pheasant (and seriously, you really don't know anyone who goes shooting and is trying to give away freebie pheasant or rabbit, because I live in a large -non affluent - town and know several) then use chicken.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hayley Nichols VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, don't buy this book expecting to save yourself any vast amount of money, you'll be disappointed. This book masquerades as one of the many thrifty cookbooks out there at the moment and to be perfectly honest there are far better (try Economy Gastronomy, How to Feed Your Whole Family a Healthy Balanced Diet... or The Thrifty Cookbook). There are a few good ideas, using every bit of your roast chicken, what to do with leftover mash, a few recipes with cheaper cuts of meat etc but you won't find any detailed meal plans or batch cooking recipes here I'm afraid. What's even more offputting is that some of the recipes use maybe not expensive, but not eat everyday ingredients such as squid and salmon, certainly not what you'd eat if you're a family on a tight budget.

However, if you buy this book completely ignoring the frugal label then you won't be disappointed. The book is lovely, with decadent recipes and beautiful photography. I made the banana blondies and they were delicious, who doesn't always have bananas that need using up?! I'm not a massive Tamasin fan and I have another of her cookbooks (given to me) that sits on my shelf pretty much unused but I have already marked out several recipes to cook from Supper For a Song. That said I shall probably be substituting some of the ingredients for cheaper alternatives!

So only 3 stars from me as it definitely doesn't do what it says on the cover but if you can overlook that fact then it's a brilliant book.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Sensible Cat on 24 Oct. 2009
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With references to shooting parties, Ascot and her brother winning his Oscar scattered liberally through the text, this book really doesn't sit well with its "thrifty" tag. Frankly, Tamasin D-L is about as appropriate a guide to frugal food as Nigella Lawson, someone she resembles in many ways. Having said all that, this is a lovely book. It's gorgeous to look at, with photographs that don't just look pretty but genuinely help you to prepare the meals (something Delia's books often lack, making her detailed recipes look off-puttingly lengthy). The layout of each page is both attractive and clear, making it a real pleasure to use in the kitchen. Finally, unlike some recent offerings from TV chefs, it's a sensible size and actually stays open on a kitchen table.

So, what about the recipes? Well, they sound stunning - I see where she's coming from with the "thrifty" tag because she does encourage the attitude to food that all good cooks should try to cultivate. Use the best ingredients you can afford, be sparing with portions and stretch them to two or even three meals wherever possible. It does rather undermine this worthy concept, however, that she has a habit of chucking in pretty expensive extras as padding. Reminds me a bit of those TV shows where rich people volunteer to spend a few weeks on welfare benefits, blissfully unaware that poverty is a very different experience when cushioned by extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the cupboard.

So it's probably best if we forget the "frugal" tag altogether - her account of her days as a poor student will grate on your nerves if you're trying to feed a family on a budget without reaching for the Asda Value Lasagne.
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