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Great idea but hard work.,
This review is from: The Kitchen Revolution: A Year of Time-and-money-saving Recipes (Hardcover)
I have mixed feelings about this book, as when I first got it I used it religiously, for about 2 - 3 months, and in the main was pleased by the results.
I liked the fact I could go online and print off a shopping list, that's a fab idea, and some of the recipes were really good. The red chicken and the broccoli carbonara are now firm family faves. It also got me into good habits, such as reusing meat in a pie the next day. I personally found my kids would eat most of the recipes, but they are quite adventurous, or at least, obedient... it isn't a particulary child friendly book though, and my youngest struggled with some of the tastes and textures.
In the beginning, things seemed expensive, as other people mention, there are a LOT of ingredients, but the savings accumulate.... you only need to buy, say, a jar of harissa paste once, and it gets used several more times as the weeks go by.
Two things put me off, one was a quite hideous recipe, lamb's neck stew, a dish so truly appalling that the children still talk of it in hushed tones, and even my husband (who eats anything and detests wasting food) couldn't eat it. I don't know if you've ever seem a lamb's neck, I hadn't, and I never want to again. The second was the fact I had another baby (my 4th) and I find that the shopping for ingredients, and the making of the 'big meal from scratch' is beyond me at the moment.
All in all, I thought this was a worthwhile purchase, it probably saved me the cover price while I used it, and I think I'll return to it again once my baby is a little bigger. It has changed how I think about cooking, I was never a ready meal person, but I did cook 'one off' meals every night, now I find I do think about what I can use up the next day.