December 9, 2010

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Books perfect for this Holiday season!

I previously reviewed both these books as part of my Holiday guide.   Just in case you missed it.  Here are a couple books perfect for this Holiday season:

Lara Starr started her culinary career as a “party girl.” One kid, one layoff, two books, and a recession later, she evolved into a “hipper clipper” who never lets the lack of funds get in the way of a great meal. Lynette Shirk has worked in the kitchens many 4-star restaurants, but learned how to stretch a dime from her grandmother in Ohio.

Together, they show you how to creatively and cleverly use ingredients and leftovers to produce wonderful meals for any occasion. Whether you want to make a nutritious family dinner for less, or produce fabulous food to entertain friends without breaking the bank, it can all be found here. With hundreds of delicious recipes and expert advice to help save both your wallet and your sanity, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will keep you and your family living well — and eating even better!

Learn how one Exponential Chicken can make five dinners for two (Page 102) Read Centsable Solutions at the end of each chapter for tips on saving money at the grocery store, restaurants, and throughout the house. The Frugal Beauty (page 181) includes recipes for luxurious beauty treatments that can be whipped up for pennies.

LARA STARR pursues her love of cooking and saving money with equal fervor. The coauthor of The Party Girl Cookbook, Lara has offered advice on easy, affordable cooking and entertaining on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and web sites throughout the US and Canada. She lives in Marin County, California with her well-fed husband and son.

LYNETTE SHIRK is a classically trained chef and has worked in the kitchens of Chez Panisse, Masa’s, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, Bizou, Stars, and Williams-Sonoma corporate headquarters. She resides and eats Alaskan king crab legs in Seattle.

In this D.I.Y. guide to the good life, you’ll learn how to edit your life—because in the long run, less is more. Pedal now or paddle later! You and your family can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime.

Coming out on Earth Day, April 22nd, Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It is not to be missed. Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom, encouraging us to harvest green and find happiness in our gardens. Based on a sensible foundation of global responsibility and foresight for the next seven generations, Billee Sharp's philosophy is compelling. This is the only way forward for a society that is only now beginning to see the planet-damaging, economy-collapsing error of its ways. From the radical common sense introduction to the practical how-tos and yummy recipes, Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It is a step-by-step handbook to revolutionizing your spending habits and reclaiming your quality of life in the process.

  • Learn how to eco-clean your house with lemon and lavender. 
  • Cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet.
  • Cook meals for pennies.
  • Start a community garden and learn how to seed share.
  • Ditch the grass and raise organic veggies in your front lawn.
  • Organize a trade-for-what-you-want free flea market. 
  • Repair nearly anything.

Billee Sharp was born and raised in a little village in Dorset, England. She studied anthropology and ancient history at University College London. Billee went on to style herself a career as a contemporary art curator and gallerist. Working with Damien Hirst and others, she opened Building One, a huge gallery in an old biscuit factory, and mounted a series of group shows, which contributed to the emergence of the YBAs. Billee moved to San Francisco, California in 1993 where she started both a family and record label. In 2009, Billee founded The Mission Casbah, which is a fair trade, free market for craftsmen and artisans. She lives with her husband and two sons.


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