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Save with Jamie!,
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This book appears to give advice that is quite obvious, therefore, if you are a complete newbie it should help you but if you have some experience you will more than likely know a lot of it but may pick up a thing or two.
It lists all the equipment you would need - some of which is not really necessary especially if you are trying to save money. Then you'll need a well stocked larder to start, as a lot of the recipes require special sauces/ingredients which in reality you will probably only use for that recipe and can be quite expensive (we all don't have ethnic shops or cash 'n carries around the corner). Also, a lot of storage space would be necessary to follow his advice e.g. a chest freezer to store items that are bulk bought. In reality, unless you have money you will be stuck for at least one of these requirements.
For me some of his tips are quite obvious to be honest - don't shop when you're hungry, make a shopping list etc. Even his advice on what to keep in the freezer was disappointing for example, frozen peas, frozen spinach, frozen sweetcorn, frozen fruit, pizza bases and a box of fish fingers to name a few. Talk about the stating the obvious! But it may help some.
In the recipes, instead of requiring you to cook a bit of meat or whatever, he lists leftover chicken for example on the ingredient list - not exactly great help, you could do that with any cookbook. Although some of the recipes are economical, using cheaper meats/fish/vegetables etc.
This book is more how to eat fancy food for cheaper rather then a cookbook for those on a budget eg. students, young families etc. There are other better choices on the market for them.