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4.0 out of 5 stars Cooking up a saving, 30 Aug 2009
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This is a big heavy book full of recipes, budgeting/cooking advice and the yummy looking photographs.
It isnt aimed at really experienced cooks but instead at everyay people, who have busty lifes and either little or no cooking experience.Its also aimed at people who are wanting to start to save money- and cummingily introduces cooking as a good way of doing so. Also returning to having nutricious homemades meals .
However it does this at a mostly managable pace and not throwing you into the deep end- without being patronising.

The book is split into sections The bedrock recipes- how to cook one meal and adapted it for 3 meals.The usual lunches, suppers ,treats section .
Their is also sections for Homemade takeaways, Gastropubary and Entertaining.
Added to this are small subsections throughout the book on tips like storage, shopping, basic meal planning, using resources etc. All to help support you in changing your shopping and cooking habits.

This book is definately not one of those basic budgetting books that has macaroni & chesse and chilli recipes .Instead it tries to introduce more exotic recipes so that you arent feeling like you are making dramatic changes.This is demonstrated by having takeawya and gastropub recipes .So while their is chilli con carni their is also recipes for Nararin of Lamb.

As for the recipes themselve so far I have found them a bit hit or miss.The brownie biscuits were a flop and I did finfd the recipe for butternut tagine a bit hard- even although I have some cooking experience.However I loved the cornish pasties and braised beef .However having the tv series to watch helps when attempting them.
On another note if you are vegetarian there are only a very few recipes in the book, with 90% of the book being meat and fish recipes.
Overall I do like this cookbook and would recommend this for anyone who is just beginning to try to budget .It is a well presented book and well informed.
Although it may not appeal to experienced cooks I do think it still has a nice range of ideas and is worth purchasing, especailly at its present price.
Even if you follow only a few of the tips and recipes you will get your money back.
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