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The Thrifty Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Kate Colquhoun
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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In the UK we throw away 6.7 million tonnes of food a year - that's a third of all the food we buy, and a fifth of our total domestic waste. And about half of it could be eaten. Kate Colquhoun shows how to make your food go much, much further than you thought possible. On her mission to use up leftovers, wrinkly fruit and past-it veg, she includes modern, tasty recipes for:BakesCasserolesChutneysCrumblesCurriesFishcakesGratinsMarinadesMeatballsMilkshakesPies SoupsStewsStir-friesAnd more!

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'Full of money-saving wisdom about shopping, storing and serving but, best of all, recipes that don't make eating leftovers seem like a poor option' Daily Mail 'Delicious food doesn't have to be pricey. Gastro-thrift guru Kate Colquhoun conjures up a fabulous feast on a budget' Sunday Times 'Colquhoun takes fit-for-the-bin food and turns it into a feast - good for you, your bank balance and the environment' Easy Living 'A beautifully produced book ... full of ideas and recipes you can actually imagine cooking' Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Kate Colquhoun is the author of A Thing in Disguise: The Visionary Life of Joseph Paxton, which was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and of Taste: A Biography of British Food. She reviews regularly for the Daily Telegraph and has written for The Times, the Financial Times, BBC History Magazine, Saga Magazine, The (RHS) Garden and Country Life Magazine. She lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5539 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (18 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081V4920
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Colquhoun's previous non-fiction titles were shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize 2004 and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her most recent book Mr Briggs' Hat was shortlisted for the 2011 CWA Daggers: Non-fiction Prize. As well as writing for several newspapers and magazines, she appears regularly on national radio and television. She lives in London with her two sons.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must in these days 4 Sept. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great book, that gives great ideas for leftovers as well as cheap meals to feed the family. A must in this day and age of having to cut costs. Here, you can learn how, while feeding your family good, wholesome and filling meals at the same time. Straightforward without being condescending, no frills, just getting on with it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most useful cook book I own 12 July 2009
This book is all about how you actually cook day to day. It's so clear. Look in the fridge to see what you have. Go to the relevant chapter, and there you have lists of ideas for things you can do with it. So it's great for inspiring you to expand your usual repertoire of dishes.

I made gnocchi today for the first time ever, because of this book, (I have no idea what I would usually have done with the surplus of BOGOF potatoes my husband bought - a lot of mash probably) and it tasted amazing, and the children loved it.

I love this book so much that it is my bedtime reading at the moment!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully designed and handy 23 Sept. 2011
This book is beautifully produced with charming line drawings and no photos. It's designed to discourage you from throwing away food, but instead using up every scrap. My family already jest about my tendency to keep odd tablespoons of gravy etc. so this book was very comforting to me. There are shocking statistics about the amount of food thrown away. Most of the recipes are designed around the bits and bobs you have left over (including odd portions of rice, potatoes or pasta), but there's also a section designed for when you bought (or were given) too much fruit and it's all about to go off.

There's a section on each typical approach to leftovers (pies, soups, stews, pancakes, risotto etc.), and then a great many variations. This should give you an incentive to tackle whatever happens to be in your fridge. It's complemented by some general pages about principles and a long, long list of storecupboard items that help extend and complement your leftovers.

A couple of caveats; most of the recipes feed two, which reflects the amount of leftovers you're likely to have. If you have enough leftover meat to feed four then it's even more thrifty to not cook it in the first place. So you can't be guaranteed to find a family meal here. None of this is food for dinner parties; it's about getting the odd extra supper or lunch out of the bits and pieces. And most of the ideas, principles and recipes are quite basic, though there are so many hints and tips that everyone should be able to find some good ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring - and useful 27 Feb. 2013
A much prettier cover on this edition of the book than the original which I have, but it's what's inside that counts. Cooking with leftovers always sounds necessary but dull, yet this book makes it inspiring. I've cooked many dishes from this that have made me want to make further dishes JUST for the leftovers! A fund of ideas for feasts. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and practical 27 Mar. 2009
By olivia
This book looks lovely and the recipes are too. I loved the style of presenting recipes which essentially are about saving money in such a glamorous style. I am no cook and yet can use this book to make things from my fridge no problem as they are simply presented and use ingredients I know very imaginatively. Perfect for the credit crunch and just a great read too.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 30 Mar. 2009
I love this book. Not only does it have loads of recipes and ideas for leftovers such as cottage pie,soups, salads, bakes etc.. but also has recipes for the basics such as sauces, marinades, pastry.
A wonderful book with recipes that don't require expensive ingredients and ones that I would actually like to make!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable, delicious and helpful recipes 19 Jan. 2015
This is probably the most useful cookbook I own. Whenever I am faced with a glut of a particular ingredient I always turn to this cooking gem. The recipes are simple, but delicious, and all tried so far have worked perfectly and been a hit with my family. It particularly came into its own after Christmas, when I opened my fridge door to find myself faced with an overwhelming array of leftovers. The illustrations are lovely, and the entire book is a pleasure to read. Will definitely look out for other books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book full of handy easy recipes and ideas. 30 Oct. 2013
By Lesley
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Love this! Lots of ideas fior quick meals, not all with left overs but all thrifty and tasty (I imagine!). There are useful suggestions and recipes for basic things some as jams, sauces, pies, pasta etc with loads more ideas on how to tweak the basic recipe to swing the changes. I would recommend this for anyone keen to eat well on a budget who wants speedy tasty meals for the family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book, used often
Everyone should have this recipe book. I refer to it weekly.
Published 2 months ago by Jane Whyte
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor book with some dangerous outdated info.
Simply a waste of space.. there is not one recipe in the book that even a new cook could not figure out on her own but what really perturbs me is that for a book that was published... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeannine
5.0 out of 5 stars all good I think
Lots of ideas some old some new, all good I think. I haven't tried them all.
Published 5 months ago by Mr Spike
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
nothing special
Published 5 months ago by june clegg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with useful recipes from soups to bread and ...
Great book with useful recipes from soups to bread and butter pudding.
also how to make your own sauces etc. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book, especially for leftovers.
Published 9 months ago by Lynda McMurray
5.0 out of 5 stars Low Cost Meals
Good ideas and money saving recipes.
Didn't know that leftovers could be turned into such tasty meals.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thrifty Cookbook
I thought this book pretty good, I haven't tried many of the recipes, but what I have tried have been good.
Published 17 months ago by emerald
5.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the cover!
I found this book in the library and thought it was excellent, so when I got home went on amazon to find it and bought. Read more
Published 20 months ago by popsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ways to use your leftovers
Lots of recipe ideas (new and old), sensible advice and variations to try, too. Really glad I bought this book.
Published on 30 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
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