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How to Feed Your Whole Family a Healthy, Balanced Diet with Very Little Money
 
 

How to Feed Your Whole Family a Healthy, Balanced Diet with Very Little Money [Kindle Edition]

Gill Holcombe
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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'Buy this, bye stress with this fantastic cookbook, full of simple and nutritious recipes for family meals - ideal for those with a busy lifestyle.' Prima 'The author is a total expert at creating delicious food from very meagre shopping lists. Her tips and brilliant, simple recipes have been compiled into this great little book. Everyone can learn from this book - it's brilliant resource, especially if you are trying to stick to a budget or are still finding your feet in the kitchen.' easylivingmagazine.co.uk 'It is an EXCELLENT book and I have recommended it to several of my friends.' Fiona W 'My daughter made the Tuna Pasta Bake from the Feed your whole family book in cookery this week and got 10 out of 10 and 2 merits for it.' Caroline P. 'A brilliant little volume in which the hearty, honest, family friendly recipes are delicious, and she means it about `very little money` the weekly meal planners at the back of the book include shopping lists with costings (for 2007) and average out at about £30 a week for a family of four (and she only uses organic meat. QED).' The Sunday Times, Style Magazine. Reviewer India Knight, author of The Thrift Book. 'Reveals the secrets of cooking on a budget.' Daily Express 'A good starter basic for an inexperienced cook looking after a family on a budget and trying to steer clear of processed food and ready meals.' --www.tribune.ie

'A brilliant little volume in which the hearty, honest, family friendly recipes are delicious, and she means it about `very little money` the weekly meal planners at the back of the book include shopping lists with costings (for 2007) and average out at about £30 a week for a family of four (and she only uses organic meat. QED).' --The Sunday Times, Style Magazine. Reviewer India Knight, author of The Thrift Book.

Prima

`Buy this, bye stress. With this fantastic book, full of simple and nutritious recipes for family meals - ideal for those with a busy lifestyle.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1671 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Hill (28 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1CTLTQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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124 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditch your Ramsey and Oliver shelf ornaments... 12 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
...because this is one of only two cookbooks you need ever really buy, if indeed you are genuinely an enthusiastic cook. As opposed to most people who are either looking for glossy tomes to brighten up their bookshelves or who are simply difficult people to buy for at Christmas.

As a genuinely enthusiastic amateur cook, I'm far too busy in the kitchen to get properly wordy about this, but suffice to say that Gill Holcombe is exactly what a decent cookbook writer should be: unpretentious, honest and fearless of taking a make-do-and-mend approach in the kitchen. As a result, this book is full of "if you haven't got the herbs, it doesn't really matter" type advice. In stark contrast, then, to the absurdly humourless stuff being churned out by our Michelin-starred betters who consider any departure from their carefully-described hallowed 'jus' as an insult to their genius. (Heston Blumenthal: 'In Pursuit of Perfection'? Are you SERIOUS?)...
All the recipes I've tried from this book - and unlike ANY other cookbook in my house, ever, I had tried at least half a dozen within a week of buying it - were great, but the recipes for fish and for baking were particularly so. Some were basic, and shamelessly and entirely self-confidently so, but some were absolute gems that I raved about to friends for weeks, such as the apple cake that you can make in one bowl that looks a mangled mess when it goes in the oven and miraculously transforms itself into something quite beautiful within.

If you do nothing but cook every meal from this book for a year you will be very well fed.
And richer, to boot, because Gill isn't one to spend money where a store cupboard fall-back will do just as well.
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284 of 288 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book Jamies Ministry of Food wishes it was! 27 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this book when the credit crunch kicked into our family shopping budget and was amazed at how much money I saved each week! The recipes are amazingly simple to follow and the ingredients is very cheap (I bought Jamie's Ministry of Food at the same time and by comparison I found his recipes to be complicated and more importantly, the ingredients he uses are actually very expensive!)
My kids are very fussy eaters and at first I was sure they would turn their noses up. Instead I found clean plates and requests for seconds!
If you cant cook - this book is for you. If you find it difficult keeping to a food shopping budget - this book is for you. If you want to give your family a healthy balanced diet without force feeding them spinach - this book is for you. If you want a book with pretty pictures in it of celebrity chefs and chums with about one recipe that you'll actually use - this book isn't for you.
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209 of 212 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as advertised 23 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I admit I bought the book because of the reviewers's claim that the menus 'average out at about £30 a week for a family of four' including organic meat (2007 prices). I wish.

Yes the meals I made were delicious, yes the recipes are clearly laid out and easy to follow, nor do you have to be a trained chef to follow them but when I got the book, the costings were made for evening meals only, and for only five days out of the seven.

I would still recommend the book for its recipes and costcutting tips but
treat the reviews quoted with caution.

A thumbs up for the section on school lunches: some commonsense tips on what to put in the sandwich box so that it will be both edible and nutritious. On the whole a good buy
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one for parents with no time ! 30 July 2009
By TeePee
Format:Paperback
I'm a bloke...I have no time for mucking about and want to cook good food for my family instead of pulling something processed from the freezer and turning on the hob or oven...I am fed up with mediocre meals, or as Crocodile Dundee would say: "you can live on it, but it tastes like S%#t !"

For this, I would recommend this book. For those like me that lack confidence and imagination in the Kitchen I have tried many of the recipes here and can happily say that I am using them again regularly. The book covers points on how to use leftovers for other meals, how to promote food to young Children, and tackle pack lunches in ways that are appealing instead of working hard to have them come back un-eaten. The author is clearly a well-practiced mother and a former school cook to boot, commenting on both the positives and negatives of school foods over the past several years.

I have tried several of the tactics mentioned in the book on my 4-year-old girl with positive results. No pictures or complex guides will be found in this book, its all quick, simple and straightforward. Everything is open to deviation based on your taste - this is encouraged by the author to improve your confidence with cooking and also stop you fretting about what you don't have in your food store.

Most importantly, as the title describes, you can learn how to budget for your weekly meals, a process that seems to be lost in time (late 70's onwards?) as many families these days buy on impulse instead of planning for what they need for the weeks ahead. This book is well worth a buy and read if you want to cook and eat healthy home cooked food that won't break the bank.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
there is nothing earth shattering in this book, its common sense
Published 1 month ago by Tallulah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful book
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - good recipes but you know we all have our own ...
Interesting - good recipes but you know we all have our own healthy meals of economy - some good tips and ideas..
Published 2 months ago by Nighthawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent buy
Published 3 months ago by Nena Wonnacott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value
Good Value had one as a gift impressed I bought on as a gift
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Susan K. Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this for my daughter who is just about managing ...
Got this for my daughter who is just about managing on her own with the children. I hope it is useful
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. E. A. Brockway
5.0 out of 5 stars full of good ideas and tips
Brought a e-version. Was very informative, full of good ideas and tips. Would recommend to a family looking to have healthy meals on a budget .
Published 3 months ago by lady B
5.0 out of 5 stars Gills Cracked It !
A great book for family cooking. Ideal for feeding a hungry brood with limited income. Have passed this on to my sons partner as she has a family of four to feed and I know will... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Goonette
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book.
This is a very useful book, even if you don't like all of the recipes. After reading it and doing lots of the recipes in it, I can put together a quick & cheap weekly meal plan. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lulu
2.0 out of 5 stars condescending and unimaginative
The authors tone is so patronising and condescending! She makes feeding your child processed food seem tantamount to abuse. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jen271082@hotmail.com
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