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Wendy Thomas

Reviewer Wendy Thomas. Wendy lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and six children, ages 9-17 and has been published in various regional magazines and newspapers. She writes a weekly column, Simple Thrift for the Nashua Telegraph.

 
By Wendy Thomas
Published on October 27, 2009
 

Authors: Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk
Publisher: Viva Editions
ISBN:-10: 1573443638  ISBN:-13: 978-1573443630


The Frugal Foodie Cookbook 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

Authors: Lara Starr with Lynette Shirk
Publisher: Viva Editions
ISBN:-10: 1573443638  ISBN:-13: 978-1573443630

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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.

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