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The Pauper's Cookbook [Paperback]

Jocasta Innes
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24 Jun 1971

Jocasta Innes shows that delicious and stylish cooking does not have to rely on expensive ingredients and that budget food does not mean simply opening a tin or a packet. Frugal and inventive tips on sensible shopping, using leftovers and creating home-made versions of store-bought favourites help to cut the costs at every stage.

This well loved kitchen classic was originally published in 1971, a pioneering book in its use of cheaper cuts of meat, offal, pulses and veg, supplemented by foraged ingredients. It has been totally revised and updated to take into account the ever-increasing range of low-cost ingredients now available in local supermarkets, and is reissued here with a new cover design. More than 250 recipes, including soups, puddings and vegetarian meals, ranging from quick snacks to impressive party dishes, will suit every occasion and guarantee the tastiest results at the cheapest cost.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (24 Jun 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140461647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140461640
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before culinary queen Delia Smith and star homemaker Kirstie Allsopp there was Jocasta Innes, a domestic goddess pioneer who taught the world that a great deal of imagination can make a little budget go surprisingly far in the kitchen and all around the home

(Daily Express)

There are tons of austerity cookbooks around, but if looking for one, my favourite is The Pauper's Cookbook by Jocasta Innes


 From kedgeree to koulibiac (a Russian fish pie, since you ask) there are recipes to suit all and even to inspire


‘43 years after it was first published, The Pauper's Cookbook should still have a place in every modern kitchen’

(The Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

JOCASTA INNES (1934-2013) was born in China, took a degree in Modern Languages at Cambridge and worked on the London Evening Standard before publishing her first book, The Pauper’s Cookbook,in 1971. The Country Kitchen followed in 1979. Restoring a derelict brewery in Spitalfields, East London, led to her next book, Paint Magic, published in 1981. This and subsequent books were to influence the nation’s interiors as profoundly as her earlier recipe books had influenced our tables.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cookbook money can buy! 28 Oct 2008
My mother in law has a very old copy of this book and my husband raved on and on and on and on...... about it. After finally finding our own copy I gave it a look and fell in love with it's simplicity. We are now the proud owners of three!!!! copies, and the newest is an amalgam of the previous two. However, there are some notable abscences eg Irish Tea Brack and Ginger Bread Men. It's the kind of book which although it gives you a recipe to follow gives you the confidence to alter the ingredients to fit what you have in the cupboards. Thank you Jocasta Innes.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing & Nourishing 15 April 2003
This book exemplifies the requriements of a non-cook and gives valuable advice on not only what to cook, how to cook it but with what to cook it and what is required to cook it in! A recent (ancient) review described it as the essential item for a 1st year Uni student, existing on minimal means, who needs to eat to survive. Stuff the 1st year Uni person - it's real life!!
From my own experience I can reccomend the curried lentil soup and the most amazing 'padding' of toad in the hole et al.
A must for all who need to survive on a shoestring although, sadly, there is no advice on how to cook that item!!
Together with Hamlins All Colour Cook Book you need noting else to eat, give great dinner parties and live on a limited budget.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY? 11 May 2009
I learned to cook with this wonderful book in the 1970s, and have ordered again as mine fell to bits several house moves ago!
I turn back to many of the basic and always great-tasting recipes - and calming advice - even now, when I'm quite an experienced cook and entertainer.
Longing to revisit Flemish Beer Stew - one of the great staples when in funds - ie when grant cheque appeared! Happy Days... we actually had student grants.
Buy and love.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab food for the frugal cook but bad indexing 9 Jun 2006
By Getoka
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An excellent cookbook. Worth buying for the Onion, Bacon and Potato Hotpot alone which a previous reviewer mentioned. The dish of herring roes and peas is also delicious, as is Alsation Onion Tart and Keema Matar.

It should be noted however, that this is not the original 1971 edition. Nor is it the 1992 edition The New Pauper's Cookbook. It is best described as an amalgam of the two books. I never saw the first book but I loved the second one and am even more delighted with this one, which seems to have all the recipes from the second book plus some wonderful offaly dishes from the original book.

I couldn't find the recipe for Flemish beef mentioned by another reviewer. This may be because it was in the earlier edition or it may be due to the book's one flaw - the index. I have never come across such an unhelpful index. I turned to it to look up an apple recipe to find that there were no entries listed for 'a' at all. I had to trawl through 'puddings' instead, and that wasn't very helpful, only listing recipes alphabetically by title not ingredient as well. Good indexes are vital in cookbooks.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pauper's Cookbook 6 Jan 2006
By A Customer
This is the cookbook that my mother taught herself to cook with in the 1970s and that she gave to me when I left home. It is such a wonderful book--it teaches how to cook really good food without using any junk, tricky ingredients or waste. Everything I have ever made from it has been delicious and despite having a large collection of cookbooks, this is still my favourite. When I got my first Le Creuset pot its inaugural use was to make Flemish Beef Stew which was superb. And whilst the recipes are wonderful, the best thing about The Pauper's Cookbook is the way Jocasta Innes seems to talk directly to you as you cook. I often find myself chuckling as I read. Sheer delight!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats 'student cookbooks' hands down 18 July 2009
By luso
My Aunt gave me her old copy of the Pauper's Cookbook when I first left home for University and I have to say it was the best 'leaving gift' I could have been given. First and foremost, the book is very practical, teaching the reader the essentials of cooking and how to make the most out of the ingredients that you have to make nutritious meals that won't go to waste. From the way it's written, it's easy to see that it was primarily aimed at the novice housewife, but I think that it's equally relevant for people leaving the nest for the first time to live on their own or go to University.

You won't find fancy ways of doing beans on toast in The Paupers Cookbook, but you will find really good tips such as how to cook a meatloaf, then turn it into a spaghetti bolognaise, cottage pie etc. Looking at cooking in this really practical, thrifty and nutritious way really does help to build great foundations for a lifetime of good eating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars puapers cook book 7 Feb 2009
I first purchased this book as a student over thirty years ago. It is packed with delicious and nourishing recipes at very affordable prices. This book has been used so many times since that a new one was required. Superb cookbook for anyone on a tight budget.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Used and loved 28 Feb 2009
By Woody
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I ordered this book because my old copy, dating from the 1970's, had fallen to bits and the individual bits were breaking up as well. This is a wonderful book and I am delighted to find all my old favourites in it together with some exiting new content. It is very helpfully sorted in catagories such as every day basics, Padding and a section to aid fancy entertaining on a budget.The Paupers Cookbook
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Published 1 month ago by Harry Dennison
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not what I had expected.
Too many of the recipes had ingredients the normal household would not have readily available. Some of the items need are not available in my rural convenience store.
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I had a copy of this years ago ad lost it - probably lent it to someone!! This has loads of really useful tasty recipes and I am sure i will make good use of it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janey Noble
4.0 out of 5 stars paupers cookbook
not as bad book for browsing and learning what sort of things some of our forebears would have had for meals some also look as though they could be used today
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Pamela Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent cook book
An excellent cook book. Although not specific to vegetarian recipes it does provide some excellent vegetarian recipes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by brianc
5.0 out of 5 stars Pauper's Cookbook
Some good recipes in this book at affordable prices - tried some & these are very tasty at a reasonable price to purchase the products.
Published 3 months ago by christina Roebuck
1.0 out of 5 stars total waste of money
I purchased this book hoping to receive simple, cheap, quick to make, tasty and nutritious recipes;what I got was recipes for complex,time consuming muck that I would not give to a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Oliver Cromwell
4.0 out of 5 stars one scrummy dish so far..
but others will surely follow. This book takes a bit of sorting out; I found a smashing dish for slow-braised belly pork but I had to hunt a bit for it. Read more
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