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3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to love it - but didn't, 11 Mar. 2014
This review is from: A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes (Kindle Edition)
I've followed this lady's blog before now and it's good for tips to whip up a quick, simple meal and she certainly does a great job highlighting how expensive it can be to feed a family. I also want to support bloggers - I mean, they put all this content up on the internet for free, and deserve to get something back. But the difference between blogs and books that cost almost ten pounds is that you've got to offer something a bit special, above and beyond your blog, particularly when this cookery market is so crowded. Recipes in this book are neither particularly delicious (they are perfectly fine, just a bit bog-standard like penny pizza - dough with puree on the top) or in some cases, resoundingly cheap. I mean - how is the fish pie/veggie curry/swiss roll recipe better/cheaper than the one on say BBC Good Food? I'm disappointed because I wanted to love it, but didn't - sorry.
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Initial post: 20 Mar 2014 01:29:05 GMT
Kelly Smith says:
Ms Monroe's remit was to have a collection of recipes that everyone could make using store cupboard ingredients or acquire cheaply by spending minimal funds. It is not a receipt book for gourmet cooking using ox cheeks with truffle oil. It is about making pounds go further and showing you can make delicious meals on a budget. If you wanted something a 'bit special' then this cook book is probably not what you are looking for.

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Last edited by the author on 20 Mar 2014 12:46:48 GMT
Mrs M says:
Ox cheek and truffle oil - don't knock it til you've tried it :-) Ox cheek is beef offal and at the moment really cheap as a result. True truffle oil not so much (I'd go for the truffle itself for taste and to keep the cost down as you only need a teeny bit). It's a bit of a shame that you think ox cheek wouldn't fit the 'acquire cheaply by spending minimal funds' as it so clearly does. Truffle oil can have quite a strong flavour so even by Jack's recipe costings 5ml of the good stuff may only work out at about 30p a serving- plus 10p for a potato, 10p ish for kale, 60p for 100g ox cheek - which is not bad for a 'delicious meal on a budget'. The reviewer has written what they think and they have the right to do so (as does everyone else) even if it's not a five star one. Check out frugalfood and other sites for good ox cheek/offal recipes.

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 09:59:58 BDT
Jane Louise says:
Agree with this. Too much oven baking, and after a few mentions of wine in recipes, we gave up. We rarely use our oven because we can't afford to run it (cook everything from scratch on the hob instead), and we absolutely don't put wine in the food. If we can afford wine, we drink it! It was a bit odd how many recipes were just variations on the same thing, too. Penny pizzas? Not if you're baking them in the oven. We make pizza using bread with tomato puree and whatever cheese we have to hand. Microwave that for a few seconds, if they must have pizza...
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