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Destitute Gourmet (Original) : Stunning food from small change by Sophie Gray
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"Excellent, easy to follow recipes"
5 stars"

Good recipe book to have in the kitchen for easy, cheap meals. Is written by a New Zealander, so the ingredients are all easily available in NZ. The recipes use basic ingredients you will already have – so no need to buy a jar of a fancy, exotic ingredient to only use 1 tablespoon of it!

Also has advice about budgeting and what staples you should keep in the kitchen and how to throw together a quick, nutritious meal based on a few staple ingredients. The budget advice needs to be converted to ‘today's dollars’ as the prices referred to in the book are based on when the book was originally written a few years ago. However the principles are still the same.

The chicken pie is awesome (and only uses one chicken breast) and have used it (and other) recipes when entertaining friends for dinner, with great feedback.

Great for a basic cookbook with ideas to save money, would be a great gift for flatters and others leaving home.

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"Easy recipes, delicious food."
5 stars"

Sophie Gray is New Zealand's answer to Nigella Lawson! Not only does she give very sound budgeting advice for supermarket shopping, but she then goes on to give us a number of tasty and diverse recipes that use the ingredients she recommends. She keeps it simple and tasty.

While all of her recipes are delicious and economical, everyone I know who owns this recipe book has their favourtie “go to” recipes from it. In my case I always use Dana's Chocolate Cake; Calzone – Bread Dough Pizza Base; Mushroom and Bacon Fetticine and Pesto. All four of these recipes are ones I use often and now know by heart. They have all recieved rave reviews. The best thing is they are incredibly easy – especially the chocolate cake!

I would recommend this book on the chocolate cake recipe alone, that being said, there is a whole bookful of wonderful meals and tasty treats to be had. A book for any person's collec­tion.


In repsonse to a significant drop in family income several years ago, Sophie Gray was forced to reconsider her grocery budget. She needed to feed two fussy children and satisfy two foodie adults who like to entertain friends. She became aware of the increasing dependence of domestic cooks on pre-prepared ready-made products and realized that basic cooking skills were being forgotten. Sophie became the destitute gourmet. This cookbook echoes current cooking trends and also aims to encourage home cooks to innovate and improvize. What do you really need in your pantry? What can you easily do without? How can you create gourmet meals to impress your family and friends and not have to live on bread and water for a week. This book is for everyone who wants to spend less on groceries and still enjoy tasty, fashionable and healthy food.
Release date NZ
January 11th, 2002
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Random House New Zealand Ltd
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