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Book review: 'The Thrifty Cookbook' by Kate Colquhoun

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25 MARCH 2009

In her new book Kate Colquhoun - the author of Taste, a fascinating look at Britain through its food – turns her attention to the very timely topic of leftovers. It's a subject which could easily be dry and unappealing, but Kate's detailed research and great prose ensures The Thrifty Cookbook is an animated and interesting read.

Simple, honest and delicious recipes and suggestions are presented in a refreshingly unpretentious voice.

An 'ideas' book as well as a recipe book, it includes hints such as 'add a splash of this here' and 'use a last rasher of bacon for this'. There are great tips for using up fruit and veg that have hung around slightly too long, sensible stuff that will come in handy for everyone buying for a family or a crowd. Great basic recipes also help out with suggestions as to what to do if you've made meringues and have egg yolks leftover, or you've cooked too much pasta.

The layout of the book is as pure as straightforward as its contents. The book's layout is as straightforward as its contents, with a sole quibble being its lack of pictures. This goes with the frugal topic, though, and leftovers, while tasty, aren't always the prettiest of subjects.

The Thrifty Cookbook by Kate Colquhoun, Bloomsbury, £14.99


    

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