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The Thrifty Cookbook: 476 Ways to Eat Well with Leftovers Paperback – 7 Jun 2010


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (7 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408800810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408800812
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Philpott on 4 Sep 2010
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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 By G. E. Butler on 12 July 2009
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alison Scott on 23 Sep 2011
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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 By Carole Blake on 27 Feb 2013
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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 By olivia on 27 Mar 2009
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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 By Amazon Customer on 30 Mar 2009
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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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By emerald on 15 Mar 2014
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I thought this book pretty good, I haven't tried many of the recipes, but what I have tried have been good.
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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. It is so useful in showing you how to use leftovers so there is no wastage.
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