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Tessa Patterson has enjoyed cooking since she was a young child. Her mother taught her how to cook from scratch without resorting to ready meals. Over the last few years, food prices have spiralled and due to this Tessa decided to publish some of her thrifty recipes.
She hopes that her books will help everyone to plan their shopping lists and cook low cost, tasty, thrifty meals.
Cooking doesn't have to be expensive. Tessa suggests in her first book, "Main Meals", that buying a modest range of herbs and spices for the store cupboard will transform even the cheapest ingredients into very tasty dishes.
Due to the massive amount of food wasted on a daily basis, many of the recipes make use of leftovers. The second book in the series, "Light Meals & Lunchboxes", includes a number of very quick and easy lunch recipes and a number are made up from leftover food.
Tessa is married with three children and all of her family have eaten her budget meals many times over. Their favourite ones are included in the series.