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Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-Wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill Paperback – Illustrated, 1 September 2009
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- Publisher : Oxmoor House; Illustrated edition (1 September 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0848732960
- ISBN-13 : 978-0848732967
- Dimensions : 19.05 x 2.03 x 23.5 cm
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However, if you already know these basic things, you aren't going to learn anything much in this book. The "instructional" part of the book is only about 70 pages at the beginning [and quite a bit of that is "introduction" type info on her family and her history of shopping]. The rest of the book is recipes - this is really mostly a cook book, not a book on saving money.
I did enjoy reading the recipes - they are quite a bizarre collection. She has everything from Ethiopian cuisine to Thai Food to a weird hot dog stir fry and lots and lots of recipes using ramen noodles [including using those seasoning packets to flavor the food]. Most of recipes are not especially frugal [most include meat, and sometimes expensive cuts of beef or salmon - things that we literally can never afford to eat at our house]. This is quite possibly the strangest collection of recipes I've ever seen [and I am a cookbook junkie]. But I did enjoy reading the recipes and I found quite a few that I want to try with our family.
I agree with other reviewers that said she's exaggerating by saying you can feed your family for $75 a week - there is just no way. I do think this book will help you shave money off your grocery bill if you are inexperienced with frugal shopping. But, I don't believe that you will be feeding your family for even close to $75 a week, even if you do every single thing she tells you to do.
I was also annoyed that a lot of her "tips" and info were repeated in several places in the book. For example, her "tip" to puree onions before you put them into foods so that your kids don't pick them out. This was interesting the first time I read it. But then, it repeats as a "tip" in two more places. There were a lot of things like that. I had the feeling that the author did not expect anyone to actually read the whole book from cover to cover [which I did], and the book repeats itself a lot.
However, this book is well written and easy to read. It is enjoyable to read. If you are a complete beginner to saving on groceries, this book will be great for you! If you already do the obvious things to save money on groceries, this book isn't going to do much for you [though you might enjoy reading it anyway]. If you are a veteran frugal shopper, I recommend that you skip this book and get "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family" by Economides. That book is far more comprehensive and has a TON of ideas that you may never have thought of.