- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st Edition edition (27 Aug. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718155726
- ISBN-13: 978-0718155728
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 20.3 x 26.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Economy Gastronomy: Eat Better and Spend Less Hardcover – 27 Aug 2009
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About the Author
Paul Merrett owns and runs the Victoria Pub and Dining Rooms in Sheen. He has been awarded a Michelin star twice, and is the author of Using the Plot: Tales of an Allotment Chef (2008).He was the presenter of BBC Two's Ever Wondered About Food... series, and co-presented a BBC Two ten-part prime-time series called The Best. Paul is married with two children.
Allegra McEvedy co-founded Leon, the award-winning healthy, fast-food restaurant group. In 2008, she was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry. She is the Resident Chef of the Guardian's G2, and writes a blog column for the Observer Food Monthly. Her second book Allegra McEvedy's Colour Cookbook won the IACP 2007 Cook Book award. She was born and educated in West London, where she still lives.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are a hundred recipes in the book, balanced between Merrett's, which are slightly more ambitious and restaurant-y, and McEvedy's which are tasty, tasty, tasty. (I'm not sure macaroni cheese with added artichokes is ever really going to make a truly 'cheap' meal, artichokes are just too pricey, but it tastes amazing.) She is the founding chef of London's LEON restaurant chain which specialise in really cheap delicious 'fast food', so she's great at knowing how to do things.
Most of the money-saving ideas are really good, and I'm impressed by the totting up of how much various households saved switching over to Merrett and McEvedy's system. Totally avoiding food waste is the most important element, with bits and pieces being used up to make stock, flavour soups and so on. And also they are great at sneaking illicit vegetables into dishes for kids who refuse to eat them normally.
This would be an okay book if it just put forward the system, but the recipes from these two fine chefs make it a must-have. Brilliant!
PS you can check out some of the recipes on the Guardian website, google Guardian and Economy Gastronomy and you should get four ways of cooking salmon.
There are plenty of other books anyone with a real interest in food will find far more useful: for ecomomy meals try Delia Smith's Frugal Food, Jocasta Innes's classic The Pauper's Cookbook or 101 One-Pot Dishes or even Fay's Family Food; for seasonal approaches try Delia's Summer and Winter, Jeremy Round's The Independent Cook, Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall's The River Cottage Year or Valentine Warner's new offerings. I'd recommend this book only to people who intend to rigorously stick to the 'system,'. It's not a recipe book to dip into if you already have the odd copy of Delia, Nigella or Jamie on your bookshelf.
I can see me doing the "bedrock" recipes time and time again, saving both money and time in the kitchen.
Unless you have plenty of time to cook, you sit down every night to a meal (which I know we all should), and you don't mind eating the same thing for a few nights on the trot, then I would avoid this book and stick with your Jamie or Gordon quick and easy's.
And since when was it more cost effective to buy, peel and cook kilos of fresh tomatoes, rather than just buy them in a tin?!
Nonetheless, There is plenty of inspiration here and their ideas for batch cooking mince, etc could be time-saving as well as economical. All in all, it's a good book but one aimed more at people who are not really poor but may be feeling the pressure of mortgage payments and rising fuel bills rather than those who are really struggling to make ends meet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my partner. Great quality considering its second hand. Highly recommended for those on a budget or wanting to keep cooking simple.Published 5 months ago by Graeme Johnson
Clever, tasty but unfussy cooking. The marinaded leg of lamb is genius.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I batch cook, everyone in my family has different diets (Coeliac, Lactose Intolerance, Fodmap and a vegetarian); If I didn't batch cook I would go insane. Read morePublished 9 months ago by AlexisLoves
This is a really good book full of ideas. My son in law read mine and had to have one of his own! With their ideas and a little planning you can save pounds and lots of time with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marlene Brown
Many of the recipies are not what I would call "budget" but theres a lot fo good tasty recipies there. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nighthawk
Many of the recipes call for ingredients I don't ordinarily have on hand. I have only earmarked four recipes in total to try.Published 11 months ago by Carmen D.
Fantastic book with lots of tips and recipes. Very good condition.Published 12 months ago by I. Connor
Purchased because my flatmate, who owned it, moved away and I had to replace it. Brilliant cookbook for people who don't have the money for/access to unusual ingredients and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Aileen B