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Book Description

5 Jan 2009
The credit crisis has put a lot of strain on the weekly shop and eating well, especially where those with families to feed are concerned. However, while the crunch means that we're all having to cut back on luxuries, it doesn't have to mean sacrificing tasty food and a balanced diet. The Credit Crunch Cookbook is a vital tool that shows you how to creatively use cheaper ingredients and leftovers to produce wonderful meals for any occasion. Whether you want to make a nutritious family meal for less, or produce fab food to entertain friends without breaking the bank, it can all be found in this book. And when you feel the urge to order your favourite take-away, The Credit Crunch Cookbook shows you how to make your favourite international dishes at home. With hundreds of delicious recipes and expert advice helping to save both your wallet and the planet, The Credit Crunch Cookbook will keep you and your family filled to the gills so that you'll soon need to loosen your belts while everyone around you tightens theirs!

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (5 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060061977X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600619772
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 18.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A third of the food bought in the UK ends up being thrown away, a statistic that not only costs the average family GBP420 a year but also has serious environmental implications. The credit crunch has lead to extensive media coverage on this subject, as well as high-profile campaigns such as the 'love food hate waste' campaign, which is supported by Sainsbury's - The Credit Crunch Cookbook also seeks to help in the fight against waste and should be seen as an essential addition to every kitchen.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Even though I have loads of books similar to this one, I thought I'd better get this book in case I missed out on some exciting new recipes! I was mainly looking for some new quick and easy dinners to cook from scratch after I get in from work. In general, despite my best intentions, I tend to only ever use the same few recipes from each cookbook - but even knowing this I still had to buy another cookbook!

Firstly, this book has no glossy photographs so beginners might be put off by not seeing a photo of the end result. The very good BBC Good 101 Cheap Eats Tried and tested Recipes manages to do this admirably - and at a very good price. Secondly, the text is hard to read as most recipes are written on a coloured background.

There are loads of useful little tips packed throughout the book: ie how to use leftovers, planning ahead, ideas for lunchboxes, feeding kids, storecupboard basics, how to judge quantities, cooking beans and pulses, eating seasonally, saving energy, slow cooking, stocking a freezer, toppings for jacket potatoes, make a shopping list/tips on shopping etc. Although I have read alot of these sort of tips before, it is useful to dip into and have them in one place.

Some of the recipes are really good, others not so impressive. However, other so called "cheap" recipes made me laugh: how about a roast beef and stilton salad using 1lb of rare roast beef and 5oz of stilton cheese, or a pudding consisting of a pancakes with fresh summer fruits using strawberries, raspberries and blueberries? I think most people on a budget would make a simple ham or cheddar cheese salad and simple pancakes with either jam, lemon and sugar or syrup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really love this book 13 Aug 2012
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I bought this book a while ago as I was looking around and thought this book looks a bit funny
rather than helpful and bought it out of curiosity and I'm glad I did. This book is very
handy and gives lots of tips for anyone that want to save a few pounds or pennies. BrilliantThe Credit Crunch Cookbook
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By no stretch of the imagination is this a frugal cookbook. The most egregious example, but one of many (some of which are mentioned by another reviewer), is that one of the recipes includes edible gold leaf - admittedly in the section on making home versions of restaurant or take out meals. Might very well be better, but not cheaper than my local options.

As with so many 'waste not' ideas, the suggestions would involve a good deal more and costly shopping. The pages of 'tips' sprinkled through the book are not especially innovative but could well be a useful check for potential savings overlooked.

I don't think this is a bad cookbook as such - but there are many better, and in particular many better frugal cookbooks. I would agree that the design of the book is a triumph of style over function, difficult to read and lacking in photographs (I would love to have seen those rosewater dumplings with gold leaf!)

I note that there is no author given (other than an editor in a very hidden away spot) - perhaps this is telling?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful tips and recipes 15 Nov 2010
but the most appalling layout, varying between white pages, bright blue pages and bright deep pink. Try reading this and you'll end with with acute eyestrain. A real let down.
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