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Cookmiser Paperback – Jul 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Hushion House (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968411207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968411209
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,057,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

First-time author and book publisher with close to twenty years experience as an illustrator and as an unpublished writer.

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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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Ther buyer really receives value for their dollar in more ways than one. So many cookbooks contain recipes that either contain ingredients that are almost impossible to find or the ingredients are so expensive that the recipes become luxuries not staples. Not any more. In this book, you are getting great recipes, a wealth of tips on how and where to shop and what to buy. In addition, the recipes are superb, and the most outstanding feature is what you save on your grocery bill; the recipes are very inexpensive to make. Some cost less than a dollar a meal! How is that for value?
This book will be particularly helpful for anyone who has a large family to feed or is living on a fixed income. "Cookmiser" is definitely not your typical, everyday cookbook. There is virtually every type of recipe contained here and definitely something to please everyone. From ethnic foods, main course meals and soups to candy bars, fast food favourites and, yes, even beer, the wide variety of recipes are unique, easy and low cost. This is truly a great book at an affordable price and highly recommended.
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How does less than $1.00 per meal sound to you? Or better yet, less than 50 cents? Impossible? Not with the CookMISER. In this book, packed with over 700 recipes, you will learn, from start to finish, how to shop for food and how to prepare it to yield the most for your money. Not only does the author teach you how and where to buy your groceries, but if you truly follow the guidelines outlined in this book, you will pay literally pennies per meal for your family. Learn how to select your groceries for optimal savings, discover the best supermarkets to shop, and learn to make the most of everything you purchase.
The recipes in this book include a wide range of ethnic foods, candy bar making, soda and beer production, sausage and cheese instructions, how to grow your own sprouts for sandwiches and salads, and of course, a huge variety of everyday meals are at hand. Whether you are a seasoned miserly grocery shopper, or one who's never checked a price, the shopping guide can come in quite handy. Included are detailed illustrations of the foods you should be looking for as well as a complete shopping list for your convenience.
The section on preparation is an excellent resource in itself, even if you decided never to try a single recipe in the remainder of the book! Here the author tells us how to blanch, freeze, presoak, and premix items you will need for your meal planning. Handy charts providing blanching times and presoaking instructions for all different foods are provided. Also pointed out and highly illustrated, are appliances you will need in your kitchen, prep instructions for freezing and storage, storage guides, conversion tables, oven usage guidelines, cooking terms, and more!
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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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