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Having flipped through this thing, there are only 5-10 things that I actually want to make. And I know it would probably cost more to produce, but a cookbook really needs pictures of every meal, there are some, but not enough. And another thing: it seems like Beth didn't include much of what is on her blog. Which I guess I get, cause then the book is exclusive, but there are some real winners on budgetbytes.com and I would have been happy to have them in a book. All in all, I'm happy to support the author, but if you just visit her site and don't buy this book, you probably won't be missing much.
Considering how fantastic Beth's website is, this book is strictly OK. The recipes are nice, and organized well enough, but the book really could benefit from more photos. I understand building a cookbook is expensive, and thus the color photos were kept at a minimum, but I truly believe that if each recipe had a photo accompanying it, I would have used this book more. I've made a couple of recipes from it now, and they were typical of what you'd expect from Beth - tasty, simple, relatively healthy.
In short, if you're a big fan of Budget Bytes, buy this book, there will be recipes in it that are not available online. It doesn't especially wow me, but since the website has grown so much over the years in popularity and seems much more polished, I'd expect a similarly polished new cookbook to come out sometime in the near future - hopefully with photos!
I personally think the website has better recipes, I purchased this thinking that there would be more of the recipes in print version that are on the website, but that is not the case. Still has some tasty looking food though.
Good lay out. I like the prices of the meals on the recipie. Good storage suggestions. Recipies were simple and wirked. Nothing fancy. More than anything i got ideas for new ways to cook my usual foids.
I agree with other viewers that have said seems like not the best recipes were included. I was disappointed with the selection but am glad I purchased because I appreciate her blog and have made many recipes from her site.