Fish Pies and French Fries, Vegetables, Meat and Something Sweet ... Affordable, Everyday Food and Family-friendly Recipes Made Easy Paperback – 18 Jun 2009
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"Whilst she is a total expert at creating delicious food from very meagre shopping lists, she equally refuses to compromise on the quality of the meals she rustles up... brilliant, simple recipes.' --Easy Living
'Another no nonsense and no excuses recipe book for excellent family food. The more I read Gill's philosophy of food the more I felt liberated. This book has everything from bread making to cooking with kids to producing impressive dinners, all on a tight budget without too much fuss. A real Mrs. Beaton for our times.' --www.ukparentslounge.com
'There are recipe books out there that highlight affordable recipes, but none as well balanced as this one.' --www.student-express.co.uk.
About the Author
Gill Holcombe is passionate about feeding her kids good food. She grew up before the culture of convenience food took hold - and knows how to cook. Having brought up three children on her own for over ten years, she says the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and has three fit, healthy teenagers with loads of energy - and no fillings! Gill is author of the bestselling How to feed your whole family a healthy, balanced diet with very little money...and hardly any time, even if you have a tiny kitchen, only three saucepans (one with an ill-fitting lid) and no fancy gadgets - unless you count the garlic crusher... and lives in London with her family.
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The only downsides that I can find with this book are that there are no pictures to accompany the recipes and due to the paperback nature and quality of the pages, it's difficult to prop it up in the kitchen whilst you're preparing meals. Otherwise an inspiring, eminently sensible cookbook which I'll keep on the bookshelf for the foreseeable future as the week plans will liven up my dull culinary repertoire!
There is a few spare pages in the back for you to make notes or add your own recipes. And some of the recipes are family favourites and some we had tried but never cook ourselves.
Casseroles - Goulash, Chicken Chasseur and Cottage Pie etc
Pot Roasts - Beef and Potato, Meat & Potato Pudding and a few more
Pasties - Jamaican Pasties, and others
Starters, Mains and Desserts
There are Curry's, Puddings, Quiches, Salads and Salad Dressings. A wonderful selection of food us normal people eat, not the middle class crap that is cooked by these TV chefs. And a must for a young girl/boy just starting out as a family as it tells you how to cook step by step. My 13 year old is going to have a go at the Chocolate Magic Pudding this weekend, we have been doing the lemon one for years. Being a chocoholic, I want to try the Dime Bar Cake. My husband as wrote which ones he wants to try first.
Good Home Cooked Family Foods. And lovely portions instead of trying to find it on your plate with a magnifying glass.
There are a few vegetarian recipes, which is good if you have a vegetarian in the family, and some of the recipes are adaptable and Quorn is used in some of them.
All in all, this Recipe Book is wonderful. The price is spot on, not over inflated like the greedy TV chefs charge for their offerings. Out of 170 recipes, there is maybe 30 I wouldn't do, now to me that is not bad at all. Well worth the money.
Missed a star off the rating, only because there were no photos in it. But perhaps that is why it is such a good price.
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