- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 01 edition (2 Oct. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184400743X
- ISBN-13: 978-1844007431
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 25.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Supper for a Song Hardcover – Illustrated, 2 Oct 2009
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"Thrifty but delicious is the mantra in Tamasin's latest title. Leftovers, foraged finds or seasonal gluts are used in cookable recipes illustrated by warm homely photography."
-- The Bookseller, 17th July 2009
About the Author
Tamasin Day-Lewis is an inspirational food writer with a wonderfully refreshing style. In her own words, she writes 'for people who appreciate good food, for people of all skills'. Tamasin writes regularly for English and American Vogue, Saveur, Stella (The Telegraph Magazine), Sainsbury's Magazine, Waitrose Food Illustrated and Reader's Digest. She has also written a host of successful cookbooks, including her most recent food memoir Where Shall We Go For Dinner? A Food Romance (2007) and All You Can Eat (2008). She has also appeared in two television series entitled Tamasin's Weekends and Great British Dishes. Author Location: Somerset
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So, what about the recipes? Well, they sound stunning - I see where she's coming from with the "thrifty" tag because she does encourage the attitude to food that all good cooks should try to cultivate. Use the best ingredients you can afford, be sparing with portions and stretch them to two or even three meals wherever possible. It does rather undermine this worthy concept, however, that she has a habit of chucking in pretty expensive extras as padding. Reminds me a bit of those TV shows where rich people volunteer to spend a few weeks on welfare benefits, blissfully unaware that poverty is a very different experience when cushioned by extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the cupboard.
So it's probably best if we forget the "frugal" tag altogether - her account of her days as a poor student will grate on your nerves if you're trying to feed a family on a budget without reaching for the Asda Value Lasagne.Read more ›
However, with Supper for a Song, we get more than a glimmer of her previous brilliance, first glimpsed in her early books that were welcomed by true foodies. The thing with Tamasin is she is hard to market. Without the glamour of Nigella or the affable charm of Nigel Slater, she will always struggle to be accepted for what she really is - a truly exceptional food writer. Yes, she does come across as bossy and somewhat millitant about the organic food crusade. This is no bad thing and - newsflash! - the cookbook won't self-destruct if it senses that you've chosen to use produce from Tesco's budget range instead!
I have found all the recipes cooked so far to be superb, in particular the coffee and date sponge (a very cheap-to-make but delightfully simple recipe) and the chick pea and chorizo soup. Tonight I'll be making the fish pie, using whatever fish I have in my freezer.
Firstly, I feel that those who have left negative comments regarding the book and who have mentioned how wealthy Tamasin (and those who enjoy this book!) must be to cook some of these recipes, really don't have that much imagination in the kitchen. If you can't afford pheasant (and seriously, you really don't know anyone who goes shooting and is trying to give away freebie pheasant or rabbit, because I live in a large -non affluent - town and know several) then use chicken.Read more ›
It's true that the principle of economy is spoiled by the little additions. It also seems that the book came up a little short, and a number of the recipes were flung together out of the larder and pantry at the last minute, and further supplemented by a few luxury recipes rather than parsimonious ones. Her simple tea bread is jazzed up with Earl Grey tea and Fortnum and Mason's mixed dried fruits, but is otherwise identical to Mary Berry's Bara Brith recipe. But she does start with the classic "how to get three meals out of a roast chicken", and has a fair swathe of ways to use up left-over mashed potatoes.
This isn't a book for people lacking kitchen skills: some of the recipes are complex: take a look at the bay, honey and lemon cake, for example; and you need to know how to prepare cake tins and make a cartouche. But she name checks the right people: Elizabeth David and Anna Del Conte, and comes up with authentic seeming Italian recipe pastiches. The photographs are mostly of the actually recipe mixtures (this isn't as common as you might hope), although I did spot a couple of discrepancies, like a cake using what seemed to be fresh dates when the recipes calls for medjool dates.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First, the title is very misleading. Many of the ingredients within would cost more on their own than the cost of a typical family dinner. Read morePublished on 18 April 2013 by bomble
This book has some great recipes for using food and for cooking in a more frugal way. The sausage meat pie was particularly tasty, great pictures of the dishes to inspire you as... Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2012 by Dave Graham
It's an old Billy Connolly joke, "what to do with that left-over venison?" and I have to say that that line was running through my mind as I read this book. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2012 by J. Grundy
I really enjoyed the author's Tarts With Tops On: A Book of Pies: Or How to Make the Perfect Pie and so I was intrigued to see how she tackled the subject of thrifty cooking. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2012 by Peter Bennett
My wife has this to say about this book:
1. Delightful illustrations - one might think this is trivial but in a cookery book it adds considerable delight and visual... Read more
When the credit crunch began to bite a year or two back, it became clear that an enforced dose of austerity might be on the cards for a lot of people. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2011 by doublegone