Saturday, 20 May 2017

Review of 'Good and Cheap' by Leanne Brown

This is the new cookbook I ordered from the USA using Swagbucks, so effectively it was free, very appropriate for a book that is firmly aimed at those with challenged budgets.

The author started with recipes on her blog which had been formulated as part of a research project for her Masters degree in Nutrition. The aim was to show how people who were on welfare food payments in the USA could manage to make their budget of $4 a day stretch to provide 3 meals a day.

The book is divided into sections and includes advice as well as recipes. It starts with tips for eating and shopping well and includes a guide to seasonal produce and what to have in the way of basic kitchen equipment. The emphasis throughout is on eating well and not feeling deprived. So there are tips on getting the most flavour for the least amount of money and building a pantry. 

The book then provides recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, Light Meals, Soups, Salads and how to make at home big batches of things you might otherwise buy such as hummus and tomato sauce.

I really like the book, it has a cheery style throughout and the recipes are photographed beautifully. The book has glossy paper which will wipe clean if you spill something whilst cooking and there were lots of recipes that I went to try out. Each recipe is costed per serving and in total which is very useful and the only thing a British audience might struggle with is the names of some things, such as eggplant for aubergine. There are even instructions on how to make your own fresh pasta !

I would recommend this book, especially if you want to try something new besides the old favourites !

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