I was recently contacted by the publisher of a brand new cookbook Good Cheap Eats by Jessica Fisher and asked to be part of a blog tour that will help promote the release of the book. Jessica runs two amazing blogs, Good Cheap Eats and Life As Mom.
Undoubtedly, I love talking about food and thinking about food and learning about food, but I have never reviewed a cookbook before. So why would I say yes?
If it wouldn’t be annoying to say I big puffy heart something, I would say I big puffy heart cookbooks. I read them like a novel I can’t put down. I dog ear pages and exclaim loudly to my poor husband about the pictures and the ingredients and “I wish I had more time to make all the things!”.
Why else? Just the tag line alone fits my blog readership in a big way. “Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less”. I’m intrigued. Although in my experience, these types of recipes and cookbooks generally include processed or canned foods that we generally don’t keep in our pantry. Not so with Good Cheap Eats! The majority of ingredients are whole foods, with healthy cooking fats and lots of spice for flavor. They are simple and basic, which makes them VERY easy to translate to gluten or dairy-free, which is a huge plus for our family.
Reading through the introduction, I realized this girl and I are one and the same. She and her husband nickel and dimed themselves into debt, fought out of debt by following Dave Ramsey and never gave up the idea that they should still be nourishing their selves and their families with good wholesome food. They 100% subscribe to the idea that food brings people together, in a way that is rarely replicated by anything else.
So why is this cookbook different from others on the shelves?
First off, the meals are economical, which is HUGE for everyone, but especially families with young kids. Whole, unprocessed foods are the main focus and she actually walks you through how to prepare them. When I was first learning to cook (and even today, a zillion years later), there are several vegetables that I struggle preparing in a way my family will love. She cuts to the basics and makes everything feel so accessible.
There are 200 recipes that have all been put together in a menu that provides for 4 people for $10 or less. The menus are super easy to mix and match, but perfect made as is if you have no idea what goes with what. Throughout the book, she provides great tips for stretching your food even further and saving at the grocery store.
My absolute favorite sections are the make ahead meals and the “Feeding a Crowd on a Budget” section. One of the biggest challenges for me when we started cleaning up our diet and eating more whole foods was how to prepare meals in advance. Eating healthy definitely takes quite a bit more prep work and forethought, so I love the idea of making full meals ahead of time. I’ve also struggled to find recipes that translate to feeding more than just our family. It’s easy to make a giant soup or stew, but I am always on the lookout for other ideas.
This cookbook would make a fantastic bridal shower gift or for someone moving out on their own for the first time. The recipes are easy to follow and the tips for staying within budget are priceless. For the novice cook, they can easily learn how to make their own beans, rice, poached eggs and other items that more experienced cooks take for granted.
You can easily download a PDF sample of Good Cheap Eats here. You can quickly buy Good Cheap Eats on Amazon here.
One of my lucky TBFL readers will win their very own copy of Good Cheap Eats! I’m so excited to share this fantastic resource with you.
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