Goode For One is a Shirley Goode book that I didn't buy on its first printing, as at the time I was feeding a family of four rather than just myself. Nearly thirty years on the toddler of those years is finally ready to leave home, some ten years after I expected, so this book is an interesting addition to my bookshelf.
Shirley appeared in the BBC magazine programme Bazaar and also had her own programme, The Goode Kitchen.
Goode for One collects some of Shirley's recipes together that featured slightly disguised in her other books, and quite a few are variations on a theme. The whole point of Shirley's Eighties books are that they are money-saving; Shirley was the Jack Monroe of her day. Like Jack, Shirley is big on precise costings and whilst these figures are now way out of date, the principle is the same.
Some of the tips are out of date; cereal cartons no longer have waxed paper liners to use as cake tin linings. I remember following Shirley's instructions also given here for making a block of baking margarine (the one we couldn't tell from butter, fellow baby boomers) into spreadable margarine with the addition of oil and water.
I will try some of the recipes that I haven't seen before and turn the clock back, the spicy cabbage with apple plus looks good, as does the glazed meat loaf. If you read Shirley's blog, you may well have come across them already
Worth tracking down - I got this for a penny plus postage, and have come across dog-eared charity shop copies too.
Update: The spicy cabbage with apple was very good, a novel and tasty way of serving either red or white cabbage.