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The Savvy Shopper [Paperback]

Rose Prince
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Book Description

2 May 2006

Inspired by her weekly column in Telegraph Weekend, this is Rose Prince’s guide to buying the tastiest, highest-quality good food with peace of mind and a clear conscience.

Following the success of ‘The New English Kitchen’, Rose Prince’s eye-opening guide to shopping, cooking and eating in a cost-effective and environmentally conscious way, this must-have reference book provides comprehensive and insightful information on how and where to find the best ingredients.

Rose Prince’s weekly ‘Savvy Shopper’ column in Saturday’s Telegraph Weekend has become essential reading over the past few months, not least because of our current preoccupation with questioning the quality of the food we eat. This new book takes the best of Rose’s journalism and much more, encouraging readers to look for the right qualities in the food they buy, to ask the right questions of food producers and retailers, and to eat better – and with greater awareness of the provenance of their meals – than ever before.

With its easy-to-read format and listings of essential stockists and markets, ‘The Savvy Shopper’ is absolutely essential for anyone who cares about how and what they shop, cook and eat.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007219938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007219933
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An indispensable guide to buying the best food…that doesn't exploit other people, animals or the environment.' The Tablet

'Prince, a doughty defender of culinary integrity, not only tells
us where to get good food but what it is.' The Independent

The Independent

'Prince, a doughty defender of culinary integrity, not only tells
us where to get good food but what it is.'

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book. 2 Feb 2007
I originally borrowed this from my local library, but found it so useful that I bought my own copy.

When shopping for food in supermarkets, I try to go for companies that produce food that tastes of something, (which tend to be smaller companies listed in this book), rather than the bland offerings from the usual manufacturers, who tend to be the biggest polluters and wasters of produce/energy etc.

I try and avoid companies that overpackage their products as well. Layers of card and plastic may look nice, but add nothing to the contents.

Remember when apples actually tasted of something? This book will help you find them or even the seeds if you grown your own.

Recommended read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading 13 May 2009
This is an exellent and informative book that should be required reading.It is well researched and highly informative about how to food shop in Britain.There are a number of surprises in the book for even the most informed shopper and the author rightly goes after the supermarkets who take a less than ethical position with suppliers.
There is also a very good listing of on line retailers picking out the best of Britain.
Well worth its cover price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise 11 May 2006
Before starting I should mention my vested interest in that I came across this book because I know the author. So I paused before writing this review but decided to go ahead, because I badly wanted to get across one very important point: this book is for everyone.

I am not a 'foody' or much of a shopper (the reason for the review headline 'pleasant surprise'), but the information in the book was thought-provoking, interesting and useful. What's more the truly refreshing thing was that the book was so well-organised and clear. You can find what you're looking for


At a glance, I had the full SP on cereals, eggs, apples, mineral water, and tomato ketchup. In the space of minutes I can now make informed choices about my shopping for these items.

Inspired, though I am, I'll leave it to others to turn to the cured pork, salmon and spices section.

Right, I'm off now to dip into 'biscuits'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, just wow. 23 May 2011
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I don't normally write reviews on Amazon any more, but I decided to about this book. I was astounded to find out the underlying issues present in the food industry. I take my food very seriously and shortly after reading this book I promptly went onto my high street and farmers markets websites provided within to try and source local produce. I feel like a veil has been lifted from my eyes now that I know what's behind the label. This book has provided so much indispensible information and insight which I will use to take heed. You have to have a lot of patience to sift through it. I really recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read 29 Oct 2010
This book not only gives invaluable advice concerning the origins of the foods listed, but more importantly offers alternatives. Sadly, some of these are difficult to avail of unless one wants to, for example, buy meat via mail. However, this is the sort of educational tool which should be made available to secondary students and a vital aid to nutritional learning.
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