The Frugal Foodie Cookbook by Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk Review

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook by Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk Review

Cover pic of The Frugal Foodie CookbookThe Frugal Foodie Cookbook {Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook} is an excellent cookbook for anyone who wants to save money on meals.

It has chapters for every meal and in between meal snacks. It also has a chapter for party foods and one for kids meals.

There are also chapters for Brunch and midnight snacks.

Each chapter has some recipes for making food items cheaper.

The breakfast chapter has a recipe for making your own Mocha. It also contains a recipe for making great scrambled eggs.

Each chapter also contains tips for doing things frugally. In the breakfast chapter one of the tips is to use a tortilla warmer to keep food hot.

There are also ideas throughout the book of how to use leftovers. One tip is to save leftover salads and use them the next day in a pita or tortilla.

If you are looking for ways to cook more frugal meals this book is a great resource.

From the back cover :

Big Taste for Small Change

Lara Starr is a baker, blogger, and a cook with a calculator. Lynette Shirk is a four-star Frugal Foodie who has cooked at Masa’s, Postrio, Chez Panisse, and Williams-Sonoma. Together they have cooked up a recipe-filled guide to eating better than ever on less. The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will show you how to creatively and cleverly use ingredients and leftovers to produce wonderful, inexpensive meals for any occasion.

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook covers everything from roasting coffee at home to concocting inexpensive, crave-worthy casseroles and whipping up snacks on a budget. Starr and Shirk feature irresistible recipes like Peek-a-Boo Shrimp Rolls, Gourmet PBJ, and Exponential Chicken—which stretches the bird over five different courses. With hundreds of delicious dishes and expert advice, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will keep you living well and eating better.

About the Authors :

The coauthor of The Party Girl Cookbook, Lara Starr has offered advice on easy, affordable cooking and entertaining on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and websites throughout the US and Canada. She lives in Marin County, CA. read about her culinary adventures at cakestarr.blogspot.com.

Lynette Shirk is a classically trained chef, and has authored nine cookbooks. She has cooked at Chez Panisse, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, Bizou, and other celebrated restaurants. The author of The Mother Daughter Cookbook and Wild Women in the Kitchen, she lives in Seattle, WA.

Check out my reviews of other books published by Viva Editions including Girlfriends Forever, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.

Lemons And Lavender by Billee Sharp Review

Lemons And Lavender by Billee Sharp Review

Lemons And Lavender by Billee Sharp. Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping has a lot of great ideas and information in it. It is easy to read too.

One of the things she talks about first is knowing where you want to go…what you want to do. She thinks it is incredibly sad that many people don’t even try to do what they really want to do because they think they don’t have enough money.

She says the real problem for most people is that they haven’t actaully sat down and REALLY looked at their budget. Most people (including me) spend money on a lot of things they don’t need.

If it really came down to the wire…what could you do without? I don’t really need cable tv…and I could actaully live without coffee…and many of the snack items we have in our house too.

The author says that most people could have more money for what they really want if they stop wasting it on things they don’t really need.  The book also has a lot of suggestions on cheap ways to clean house,  simple eco friendly cleaners that don’t cost much, easy recipes, and lots of advice.

I learned a few things. It is a good book.

From the back cover :

Hundreds of Ideas for Healthy, Happy and Fabulously Frugal Homekeeping

Bursting with ways to downshift, simplify, preserve resources, and honor the planet, Lemons and Lavender will give you tools to reclaim a purer, tastier, healthier and less expensive way of life. Sharp shares her radical common sense and revolutionary “freeconomics” approach to budgeting in this step-by-step guide to the good life.

Creative ideas inside Lemons and Lavender:

Garden-to-table recipes for every meal

Eco-deco ideas for furnishing your home

Recipes for nontoxic cleaners, house paint and more

Start a seed sharing garden with your neighbors

Easy-to-make gifts with handcrafted gift wrap

Grow your own cup of delicious herbal tea

Learn to use organic sea salts, skin scrubs and detox bath therapies

About the Author :

Billee Sharp was a contemporary art curator and gallerist in London, working with the YBA group of artists, before moving to America in 1993. She took up residence in San Francisco, where she started a family, ran an independent record label, founded a green cleaning business, curated many multimedia cultrual events, and cofounded the Mission Casbah, an artisan crafts market.

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