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Basic family cooking on a budget
on 28 July 2009
This is not a recipe book for those who want to spend hours in the kitchen producing some exotic creation to dazzle their friends and family. Don't buy it if that is what you are after. As the cover says, it includes easy, family friendly recipes for busy people using relatively inexpensive ingredients. If you've got Gill Holcombe's first book, the style (and even a recipe or two!) will be familiar to you, with its no nonsense approach and good solid advice about what to put in your store cupboard, how to plan your menus and much more. Now you might think that you know how to do this - but clearly lots of people don't given the amount of food that we throw away each year. Similarly, you might think that you don't need a recipe for shepherd's pie, spaghetti bolognese etc because you know what you are doing - but lots of people don't, and this isn't usually the sort of ground covered by the celebrity chefs. I like the fact that the recipes are written with great flexibility around quantities and ingredients, although there are some strange ones amongst them. Spam fritters anyone? Chip shop curry sauce? Having said that, there are some gems as well, and for those of us trying to buy and use food more economically both to reduce wastage, and for reasons of thrift, there are some useful reminders here.