The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook

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The recession has put a lot of strain on the grocery bill, especially for those with families or friends to feed. But that doesn't mean having to skip gourmet food and a balanced diet. Noted chef and "four-star frugal gourmet" Lynette Shirk shows readers how to creatively and cleverly use ingredients and leftovers to produce wonderful inexpensive meals for any occasion. This book has everything, from roasting coffee at home to concocting inexpensive crave-worthy casseroles to whipping up snacks on a shoestring. ...
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The recession has put a lot of strain on the grocery bill, especially for those with families or friends to feed. But that doesn't mean having to skip gourmet food and a balanced diet. Noted chef and "four-star frugal gourmet" Lynette Shirk shows readers how to creatively and cleverly use ingredients and leftovers to produce wonderful inexpensive meals for any occasion. This book has everything, from roasting coffee at home to concocting inexpensive crave-worthy casseroles to whipping up snacks on a shoestring. Chapters include "Bankable Breakfasts," "Lunch for Less," and "Dinner on a Dime," and feature irresistible recipes from Shaved Shrimp Rolls and Gourmet PBJ to an "Exponential Chicken" that stretches the bird over five different courses. With hundreds of delicious dishes and expert advice (including fun ideas for serving), The Frugal Foodie Cookbook keeps hungry readers living well and eating better.
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Editorial Reviews

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"We have always known that delicious and nutritious meals can be prepared at home for less than a family spends off the value menu at the local fast food stop.The Frugal Foodie not only features tasty recipes that stretch the food dollar but also includes fun and useful tips for kids projects, beauty remedies and edible gifts."

-- Rima Barkett and Claudia Pruett, authors of Cooking Dinner: Simple Italian Family Recipes Everyone Can Make.

"Shirk and Star will have you whipping up delectable meals on a shoestring. Just think of all the cute shoes you can buy with those savings—you'll truly be strutting your stuff in the kitchen!"
—Ame Mahler Beanland, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Nesting: It's a Chick Thing© and Postcards from the Bump

"This is the perfect book for the times. Actually, it’s perfect for any time! Cook up any of these delicious low-cost recipes, and you can put the extra money toward something else! If you love saving money, and you love food, you’ll love the The Frugal Foodie, these recipes do not skimp on flavor!"

Nina Lesowitz, author of Living Life as a Thank You and The Party Girl Cookbook

"Delicious fun! With kitchen goddess savvy and Betty Crocker smarts, Lynette Shirk and Lara Starr have concocted a gem of a cookbook that is both entertaining and practical, simple, yet resplendent with excellent recipes. The perfect gift for any foodie, this will be a staple in kitchens for years to come."

Margie Lapanja, author of Romancing the Stove, Food That Rocks, and Food Men Love

"During a difficult economy, nothing could be better paired with good food than simple wisdom and humor. Lara Starr & Lynette Shirk serve it all up with a generosity of spirit that will keep a smile on your face and extra change in your pocketbook." --Jennifer Sauer, author of The Way to Tea

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573443630
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

    One smart cookbook - it is helping me save money and be more cre

    One smart cookbook - it is helping me save money and be more creative in the kitchen!

    This book is so amazing- fantastic recipes and even ideas for gifts from the kitchen.
    My favorite sections are the party ideas as I go "blank whenever I am supposed to entertain and this helps me to
    not freak out and overspend. How to stretch one chicken over three meals is brilliant, too.
    Let's face it, the economy is still not that great and most of us overspend on groceries and food.
    Get smart with this book and your family and friends will be thrilled with all the great dishes in "The Frugal Foodie Cookbook!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 22, 2013

    I love to cook, but I don't really have an income right now... T

    I love to cook, but I don't really have an income right now... This book is a lifesaver! The recipes and tips are great and easy to follow.  Love love LOVE it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

    This is NOT FRUGAL! If you have a food BUDGET, do NOT buy!

    It's obvious what the author has done. They made a "normal" cookbook and put FRUGAL in the title to attract people during these difficult times.

    Author-- that's just wrong!

    The only "frugal" advice is pancakes, waffles and eggs-- which are a cheap meal. Well, DUH. Thanks so much for pointing out the obvious. The rest of the book is full of expensive, exotic ingredients that are NOT frugal! 6 cups of fresh fruit for ONE brunch recipe, 3 pounds of chicken for one recipe (Do you KNOW how much chicken costs??), exotic cheeses, specialty olives and a few ingredients that I have NO idea what they are. I did a quick addition of how much ingredients would cost to make just one random dinner recipe, and they averaged $10-15 per MEAL! How is that frugal? Anything with FRUGAL in the title should actually have frugal recipes. Sorry author-- you failed on this one.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    Required reading for anyone who wants to save food money

    As one who writes regularly about being thrifty, I am always suspicious of new books claiming to save food money. After all, how many times can you hear that if you make your coffee at home instead of buying it on the road, you'll save 23 dollars a month? The Frugal Foodie Cookbook however goes well beyond the ordinary and is a welcome volume filled with a veritable treasure trove of indispensible tips and recipes to help anyone (even my son in his dorm room) save money in the kitchen.

    The recipes included are easy to follow and more importantly don't require exotic (and often expensive) ingredients. After all, what good is a family dinner dish if I have to fly to Spain to get the freshest saffron?

    The recipes are good, hearty and tasty food. We tried the mushroom and onion pie which was nothing short of divine. We also made the Legendary Stone Soup (an added bonus is that we dug out the book and read the story to the kids) and the My Kid's Mom's Mac and Cheese which, well, let's just say that that one easily hit it out of the ball park.

    Using humor, snap, and sass, the Frugal Foodie Cookbook offers more than just the usual money saving, common sense ideas, quotes, and tips. It includes humorous quotes like:

    Ask not what you can do for your country, as what's for lunch - Orsen Wells

    And practical and innovative tips like:

    Frugal Foodie Tip: Spirited Shpritz
    Pour 2 ounces or 1 minibottle of rum, Amaretto, Kahlua, or kirsch into a spray bottle. With just a few pulls of the trigger you can evenly coat cake cubes for trifle. Or add flavor and moisture to layer cakes by giving the top of each layer a couple of sprays before frosting.

    This is a delightful book that will make saving money while feeding your family nothing short of sheer enjoyment. Well worth its cost, this cookbook should be required reading for anyone who is really serious about saving money in the kitchen.

    Lynette Rohrer Shirk is a "4-star Frugal Foodie". She is a classically trained chef and author of nine cookbooks. She has worked in the kitchens of some of the best restaurants in the US, including Alice Waters' Chez Panisse and Wolfgang Puck's Postrio.

    Lara Star is a baker, blogger, and a cook with a calculator. She is the co-author of The Party Girl Cookbook. Lara has offered advice on easy, affordable cooking and entertaining on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and websites throughout the US and Canada.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2009

    Great read

    I just received my copy in the mail today, and I love this book! The recipies sound delicious, but even more, I like the way the author writes. Girlfriend chatty, funny, and a great sense of family. I'm buying more copies for my friends.

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  • Posted October 30, 2009

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    Great small sized cookbook for the small sized budget even with a 5-star chef

    Frugal Foodie Cookbook by Lara Starr w/Lynette Shirk ISBN 978-1-57344-363-0
    Review by Chris Phillips
    A small book like this, at 6.9" x 6", will be lost on many a cookbook shelf. However, there are plenty of reasons to keep this one on the counter and handy. Printed in the style of the "Dummy" series books, there are tips, hints and quotes interspersed throughout this delightful collection of recipes and more.
    Starr and Shirk have found and included many recipes that most cooks will be looking for at times when running short of specific supplies or ingredients. From the "3-in-1 Eye-Opening Mix" (pg. 18) through "Best Dressed Salads" with a chart to show how to mix herbs together (pg. 62) and to "Cents-able Solutions: Savvy Substitutions" (pg. 114, 115) with a chart showing common substitutes for things that might not be in the pantry. There are recipes of all qualities and styles where the gourmet can vary ingredients for that special taste or the rushed mom can have things already prepared for immediate serving up for dinner.
    There are tips in marquee boxes like "Processor Points" delineating how to clean the blade and how to really clean the compartments. There are "Cents-able Solutions" like the one mentioned above in a different style of marquee box. Interspersed throughout are short quotes from famous and infamous persons. Zsa-Zsa Gabor - "I'm a marvelous housekeeper, every time I have a man, I keep his house." To by M.F.K. Fisher - "Almost every person has something secret he likes to eat".
    The recipes are good and easy to follow. The ingredients are listed first so the pantry can be checked before starting. However there is no index or cross reference to help find something specific. Even the chapters and entries in the table of contents do not provide any type of sorting, just titles of the sections are referenced there.
    This book will help anyone trying to save money by trying to use what is already in the pantry. The recipes are simple enough to follow and there are tables and charts throughout to help with substitutions and changes. However, this is not the book for someone who already does this on a regular basis. With the odd size of the book, the missing index and references to items in it, and the odd and limited table of contents it could becomes harder to use than others that are available.
    Also posted on www.bookpleasures.com

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