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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Hill (12 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905862156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905862153
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
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'Buy this, bye stress with this fantastic cookbook, full of simple and nutritious recipes for family meals - ideal for those with a busy lifestyle.' Prima 'The author is a total expert at creating delicious food from very meagre shopping lists. Her tips and brilliant, simple recipes have been compiled into this great little book. Everyone can learn from this book - it's brilliant resource, especially if you are trying to stick to a budget or are still finding your feet in the kitchen.' easylivingmagazine.co.uk 'It is an EXCELLENT book and I have recommended it to several of my friends.' Fiona W 'My daughter made the Tuna Pasta Bake from the Feed your whole family book in cookery this week and got 10 out of 10 and 2 merits for it.' Caroline P. 'A brilliant little volume in which the hearty, honest, family friendly recipes are delicious, and she means it about `very little money` the weekly meal planners at the back of the book include shopping lists with costings (for 2007) and average out at about £30 a week for a family of four (and she only uses organic meat. QED).' The Sunday Times, Style Magazine. Reviewer India Knight, author of The Thrift Book. 'Reveals the secrets of cooking on a budget.' Daily Express 'A good starter basic for an inexperienced cook looking after a family on a budget and trying to steer clear of processed food and ready meals.' --www.tribune.ie

'A brilliant little volume in which the hearty, honest, family friendly recipes are delicious, and she means it about `very little money` the weekly meal planners at the back of the book include shopping lists with costings (for 2007) and average out at about £30 a week for a family of four (and she only uses organic meat. QED).' --The Sunday Times, Style Magazine. Reviewer India Knight, author of The Thrift Book.

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They say you don't necessarily live longer if you have a healthy lifestyle, it just seems longer, but when we have more available, affordable fresh foods to choose from than ever before, how can you NOT find something both healthy AND tasty to feed your family, whether your kids are fussy eaters or not?
One of the food myths that often gets repeated is that the unhealthiest foods are the cheapest and families on low incomes only resort to eating them because they have no choice. I heard this argument again last week when JAMIE OLIVER was interviewed about his latest campaign to revolutionise poultry farming with the Channel 4 programme JAMIE'S FOWL DINNERS. The implication was that Jamie was wrong to suggest that free range chicken is affordable for everyone, but it's true - and I speak as someone whose weekly grocery budget is sometimes limited to around £40 per week. Of course it's tempting to ignore the downside of cheap chicken, ie. appalling conditions, the lousy quality of the meat, struggling British farmers, health and hygiene issues etc, when you can get 2 factory-farmed chickens for a fiver, but by spending around £8 you can have a good-size free range chicken without worrying about any of the above problems. The trick is to eat better quality meat in smaller quantities, and it's easy enough to save money on own-brand toiletries and buy the cheapest crisps, biscuits, bin liners, washing-up liquid, etc, so you can spend more where it matters; on good quality meat, organic milk, free range chicken and eggs.
It seems to me that some parents care more about what their children WEAR than what they EAT, and too many mums are hung up on the idea that they're too busy to cook, or they constantly give in to their children's demands for junk food and fizzy drinks, which is like avoiding a tantrum now and risking a heart attack later on.
Miracle foods come and go, but whether the current flavour of the month is wheat grass, alfalfa sprouts or goji berries, the secret of feeding good food to your family without chaining yourself to the kitchen and depriving your kids of the things they like to eat is that really, there is no secret. The answer was here all along.

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I admit I bought the book because of the reviewers's claim that the menus 'average out at about £30 a week for a family of four' including organic meat (2007 prices). I wish.

Yes the meals I made were delicious, yes the recipes are clearly laid out and easy to follow, nor do you have to be a trained chef to follow them but when I got the book, the costings were made for evening meals only, and for only five days out of the seven.

I would still recommend the book for its recipes and costcutting tips but
treat the reviews quoted with caution.

A thumbs up for the section on school lunches: some commonsense tips on what to put in the sandwich box so that it will be both edible and nutritious. On the whole a good buy
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I bought this book when the credit crunch kicked into our family shopping budget and was amazed at how much money I saved each week! The recipes are amazingly simple to follow and the ingredients is very cheap (I bought Jamie's Ministry of Food at the same time and by comparison I found his recipes to be complicated and more importantly, the ingredients he uses are actually very expensive!)
My kids are very fussy eaters and at first I was sure they would turn their noses up. Instead I found clean plates and requests for seconds!
If you cant cook - this book is for you. If you find it difficult keeping to a food shopping budget - this book is for you. If you want to give your family a healthy balanced diet without force feeding them spinach - this book is for you. If you want a book with pretty pictures in it of celebrity chefs and chums with about one recipe that you'll actually use - this book isn't for you.
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...because this is one of only two cookbooks you need ever really buy, if indeed you are genuinely an enthusiastic cook. As opposed to most people who are either looking for glossy tomes to brighten up their bookshelves or who are simply difficult people to buy for at Christmas.

As a genuinely enthusiastic amateur cook, I'm far too busy in the kitchen to get properly wordy about this, but suffice to say that Gill Holcombe is exactly what a decent cookbook writer should be: unpretentious, honest and fearless of taking a make-do-and-mend approach in the kitchen. As a result, this book is full of "if you haven't got the herbs, it doesn't really matter" type advice. In stark contrast, then, to the absurdly humourless stuff being churned out by our Michelin-starred betters who consider any departure from their carefully-described hallowed 'jus' as an insult to their genius. (Heston Blumenthal: 'In Pursuit of Perfection'? Are you SERIOUS?)...
All the recipes I've tried from this book - and unlike ANY other cookbook in my house, ever, I had tried at least half a dozen within a week of buying it - were great, but the recipes for fish and for baking were particularly so. Some were basic, and shamelessly and entirely self-confidently so, but some were absolute gems that I raved about to friends for weeks, such as the apple cake that you can make in one bowl that looks a mangled mess when it goes in the oven and miraculously transforms itself into something quite beautiful within.

If you do nothing but cook every meal from this book for a year you will be very well fed.
And richer, to boot, because Gill isn't one to spend money where a store cupboard fall-back will do just as well.
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This is an amazing book. It's light hearted, it makes recipes seem like the simplest thing since opening the fridge door and the outcome of following the recipes is gloriously tasty and very filling.

Highly recommend this book to anyone who's after some new easy recipes.
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This book has not only shaved £60 off my shopping list each week but my very fussy children have eaten everything I have cooked which is nothing short of a miracle.

I feel saintly that the food is all healthy, fresh and no food is wasted so its green too!

I really loved the weekly menu planning because it simplify s my life and often one days left overs are used in tomorrow's menu. (Mr Brown would be proud as no food is wasted in our house!) We are on week three and for me its been a life changing experience.

Do not dig your own grave with your knife and fork buy this book, save cash, eat healthily and cut out the e numbers!

Nicky Harris UK
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I have very little money, a tiny kitchen, a few saucepans (that have lost all their non-stick!) and no fancy gadgets, I don't even have a garlic press! So this book could have been written for my family. Its excellant, plenty of fantastic tips and no nonsence recipes that my boys loved and didn't leave behind a mountain of washing up!

This is great book for anyone who already loves cooking, but especially for those who think its easier to shove some turkey twizzlers in the oven!
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this is an incredibly good book for everyone; I'm a vegetarian but there were plenty of recipes for me anyway.
A very good buy which I highly recommend.
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I can't praise this book enough.

I have accumulated plenty of cook books over the years that have been slowly gathering dust, as the receipes in them just don't fit my busy family life.
This book is different. Here, you will find a no nonsense practical approach to cooking affordable nutritious meals for the family, as well as hits and tips on tempting fussy children without giving them junk food.

You will not find gourmet recipes to feed a dinner party.
You will not find long lists of ingredients and even longer lists of preparation details.
What you will find are recipes for tasty meals with a minimum of fuss, and simple ingredients that are readily available.

I could go on and on about this book. Just take my advice. If you are the cook in a family or feeling the pinch or just generally too pushed for time to bother cooking decent food, buy this book!
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