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Poor Girl Gourmet – Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget

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I was recently sent a cookbook for review that’s just a bit different.

Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget addresses cooking in todays unsettled economic times.

The author, Amy McCoy, not only provides some really delicious recipes, and they DO look scrumptious, she also tells you exactly how much each recipe will cost.

That’s a real bonus for budgeting in today’s economy.

In Poor Girl Gourmet, McCoy breaks down the costs for each dish while also offering money-saving strategies, including tips for growing and preserving your own food, as well as ideas for quick and delicious family meals.

Each recipe serves at least four people, so it’s perfect for families on a budget — because eating well while saving money is something that appeals to all of us.

There is even a chapter on splurges – meals that will cost between $15 to $30 per entree for a family of four, for when you’re feeling fancy.

If you have read many of these reviews, you know I love a cookbook with photos of the finished product. Well Amy fills her book with her own photos of each recipe she gives us. Great for both whetting our appetites and for letting us know what the finished product should look like.

This is a wonderful cookbook for foodies with limited budgets, but sophisticated tastes.

It’s also great for everyday cooks as the recipes, although ones you could easily serve to company, are simple and easy to make for every day too.

Here are a few of the recipes you will find in Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget

  • Mushrooms in Cream Sauce
  • Goat Cheese Risotto
  • Orzo, Sun Dried Tomato and Walnut Salad with Feta
  • Pea Soup with Mint
  • Roasted Fennel and Carrot Soup with Honeyed Mascarpone
  • Braised Pork Shoulder
  • Honey Mustard and Cider Marinated Pork Spareribs
  • Perfect Roasted Chicken with Spicy Orange Sauce
  • Cornmeal Crust Peach Crostata
  • Rhubarb Ginger Chutney

We have three recipes from the book on the website. Why not try a recipe from this cookbook to give it a test run. Have a look at:

Honey Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Watermelon and Lime Granita

Roasted Carrots with Thyme

About the Author:

As a successful freelance producer for network and cable television, Amy McCoy once enjoyed gourmet food with little concern for price. Then the recession hit and the freelance work all but disappeared. But in the economic downturn, McCoy found her mission: to eat the best food she and her husband could while spending as little as possible.

To that end, McCoy created her blog,, where she offers up her insights alongside delicious gourmet recipes that are inexpensive to prepare. McCoy lives on a gentleman’s farm in southeastern Massachusetts.

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What others are saying about Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook:

David T. Johnson says this about Poor Girl Gourmet:

This is a MUST have cookbook that is LOADED with delicious, economical, smart recipes. I personally prefer pictures of the finished dishes in a cookbook and there are PLENTY in this one! It is full of easy to follow directions sprinkled with plenty of good humor and fun. You will LOVE THIS COOKBOOK!! It is a MUST have for every kitchen!”

From reader Wendy Szymanski:

A long-time fan of the blog, I eagerly anticipated the release of this cookbook. It does not disappoint! As you would expect of a book born of a cooking blog, the photographs are fantastic. The recipes are clearly explained and easy to follow. Each of the recipes we’ve tried have been winners. You won’t even notice that you’re pinching pennies. I also appreciated that, unlike some blog-to-books (ahem), the content here is not just rehashed blog material.
The Poor Girl Gourmet is just one of the delightful cookbooks we have reviewed. Find them all here.

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