Friday Feasts: Cookbook Review


This Friday I am taking a break from showing you my kitchen escapades to review a new book: Family Feasts for $75 a Week: A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill ($17.95).

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Part financial guide, part self-help, part cookbook, this has a little something for everyone trying to feed a family and stick to a budget. Author Mary Ostyn has 10 kids--so she knows a thing or two about staying organized and planning. According to the author, an average dinner for her entire family costs $15. She's loaded the book with practical advice. I like the section about when veggies are freshest and cheapest. There are also tips for navigating the grocery store with an eye for savings and helpful advice to keep your food fresher longer (keep your ginger in the freezer!)

In addition to her food guidance, Ostyn has packed the book with easy to make recipes (I've tabbed her hummus to try over the weekend)--most with fewer than a dozen ingredients. There is nothing boring about her picks. She shakes things up with global picks such as Mongolian Beef and Broccoli and Ethiopian Chicken Stew (Doro Wat).

All in Family Feasts for $75 a Week is a great book for moms trying to do more with less, or a chef who wants a little inspiration in the kitchen. My one wish? For some color pictures of the recipes. Maybe for her next book!

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