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Cookmiser Paperback – Jan 1 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Hushion House (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968411207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968411209
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,897,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I adore cookbooks! The best I can say about this one is that it's well organized. There may be some worthwhile recipes but most are rather some bizarre compendium of dreamed up dollar stretcher recipes that I doubt were ever tested out. I sit here and wonder if these recipes where ever tested or were simply typed up meant to 'fill' the pages of a quite condensed book. The illustrations are quite ample and well done. I have to give that much to the author "R.J. Lavigne". The author did do a lot of research and compiling of information but it falls short of what the trumped up description makes you believe it truly is. The reviews I found made it sound comparable to the quality of the More-With-Less cookbook. I ordered CookMISER instead and am sadly disappointed.
Look at it this way.. besides the obviously lawyer legalese "Warning-Disclaimer" at the beginning of the book (wow! I've never seen this type of thing in a cookbook before!).. the book ENDS with this paragraph by the author on page 250:
"PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that CookMISER is a book of ideas, if you don't like one, joyfully move on to the next. It doesn't matter that they're not necessarily all winners. The important thing is that the book or its contents averages well. Moreover, always test new, complex or bizarre recipes by yourself before subjecting your family, friends, or guests to them." Uh.. well said!! If you DO get this book, then definitely heed the authors own advice! The CookMISER book isn't worth my shelf space.
As you can tell by now, my experience with this book has been negative. If you can check it out firsthand (from a library or such) then I highly recommend doing so. It may not be what you are expecting even if you are into the Frugal lifestyle hardcore!
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I can't praise this book enough. While many of the recipies call for generic ingrediants that won't taste exactly like the "real things", they won't damage your budget, and will keep you fed and happy.
The ingrediants are intentionally cheap, the directions are clear (and in both US Standard and Metric), the tips are worthwhile, and the explanations are precise. If money's tight, this book is worth the investment.
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The idea is great, the tips are great -- if you can stomach them. I knew this book wasn't for me when I read early on something like: "This doesn't taste like the real thing, but you'll get used to it." If saving money is a matter of survival, this is the book you want. If you're a bit more discriminating, I'd spend an extra buck or two at the supermarket. Not to say that this book doesn't get you in the mood to save money; it does, and it gives lots of things you've probably never thought of before, like baking your own bread (yummy) and your own soups (great when it's cold; uses up lots of leftovers and less-than-perfect veggies), but the recipes aren't something I'm prepared to economize THAT much for.
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Tired of reading books about saving money in the kitchen, only to find out it was written in the US, using ingredients either unavailable or in NO WAY considered inexpensive here in Canada? This CANADIAN resource tells it like it is! What a great book!
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By A Customer on Aug. 31 2001
Although I just received this book today, it seems like a wonderful addition to any frugal cooking library. It contains recipes for everything from various cheeses to main dishes to even yeast-based bottled pop stored in cleaned-out, recycled beer bottles. It helps you make the most of your money in so many ways. However, I believe that the book has been translated from another language (French, since it's from Quebec??), because there are so many grammar and spelling errors that I sometimes could not understand the directions that were being given. That aside, however, the book contains easy, quick recipes for things that you might not see in any other cookbook.
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