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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Press; Rev Upd edition (9 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906650535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906650537
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.7 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With simple, practical tips, "The Frugal Cook "is a book that needs to be in every library." --LuxuryReading.com

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Fiona Beckett is an award-winning food and drink journalist, author and web publisher with 20 years of experience of writing for the UK's top newspapers and magazines.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has come at the right time, when food prices have risen but we all want to eat good food. There are lots of lovely recipes using pulses such as creamy lentils with cream, hummus, chickpea bake. Ideas for using the leftovers from a roast such as soups and curry (I made this yesterday and it was gorgeous) and an extremely good list at the back which each food and what can be done with it, which has given me lots of ideas to use that odd carrot or bit of cheese lurking in the fridge. I have all of Fiona's books but I think this will be the most used. Brilliant!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. W on 28 Feb 2010
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Quite suprised by how "low" this has been rated. I like this cookery book. It would be a nice addition to your collection for those days where you don't have all the ingredients for specific recipes and just want to find a meal based on one main ingredient e.g a chicken leg, leftover mince or a can of sardines. Taste is not forfeited due to low cost ingeredients and many are easy to prepare. The book has many sections with my favourite being the last section "A-Z of leftovers". Pick an ingredient from a vast list e.g egg, pasta, bananas and you will find other foods which will match well with it. This has, on many occasions, saved me the time needed to think up good combos for leftovers. Overall I really like this cookery book and the frugality is at the right level for me. I'm sure this would work as your main cookery book although I would suggest owning/using others such as maybe using your favourite cookery book for one day and then for the next day use this book to finish off any leftover ingredients you may have "created" from last night. This book would work for most people although if cooking for one person, student cook books or "cooking for one" books would probably be more suitable as most of these recipes are designed for 2-4 people. =)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Groarke on 27 Oct 2009
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I'm s bit surprised at the negative reviews. I liked this book a lot. I enjoyed the section at the beginning with ideas for making food stretch (utilize your freezer, look for deals-but is it really a deal?) although the section was a little long and quite a lot of common sense. And i liked the section at the end with ingredient by ingredient leftover ideas. I havent made many of the recipes as they are not that appealing. but i like the way it is written. i aggree with fionas decision to leave out recipes using offal and cheap meat as i have no interest in eating them no matter how frugal they are and i assume a lot of people would agree with me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P Randall on 2 Dec 2012
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I bought this (sorry Amazon, from Waterstones) as I wanted a cook book that didn't have endless ingredient lists or cost a fortune to buy what I needed. I also wanted something that I could use to rustle up something after work. Very pleased with this as its loaded with common sense, has lots of ideas fr using things up and some very tasty recipes. Highly recommended!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By FrugalP on 15 Dec 2008
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There are a lot of frugal/thrifty type books around at the minute, with lots of people jumping on the credit crunch bandwagon, but this is not one of them. Fiona Beckett has been a miserly cook for years and knows her stuff. The book looks stunning, but it's not a case of style over substance - there are some delicious frugal recipes in here. I've tried out the stilton linguine one for example which is great and very easy to do. Plus there are good tips on how to save money in the kitchen and use up leftovers etc. Excellent.
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