Book Review: The Thrifty Kitchen – By Suzanne Gibbs & Kate Gibbs

  • Posted on May 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

‘Being thrifty is about more than just saving money. It’s about avoiding waste, looking after your health, appreciating each ingredient and having the desire and skills to cook for the people you love. And that is what this book is about…’

Rowena: “I quite liked this book. Many of the tips and hints have been around for many years. The book explores pickling and preserving. When I was a child we used to visit our grandparents who lived in the country. On the back veranda my Nan and a huge old tea chest that held hundreds of old jars with lids (propably more than she could ever use). She used these to make every kind of jam, passionfruit curd, lemon curd and homemade relish. I also remember there being large jars of preserved white and yellow peaches, apricots and cherries. All home grown except for the cherries – they were swapped for peaches or apricots with a local farmer.

It is only now that I really appreciate the effort and skill of my grandmother. How I miss those peaches -I have not had preserved peaches for years. Even when I was growing up it was becomming less common for people to preserve their own fruit. I remember all the adults sitting around a table under the peach tree peeling, seeding, and cutting the peaches in half then putting them in the big pot.

I’m glad that being thrifty is in fashion. I think being thrifty is very different to being a cheapskate. I believe that peole who are thrifty just make the most of what they have. People who are cheap just don’t buy anything! I really dislike waste and this is one thing I have been working at reducing in my kitchen. Groceries are one of the most expensive outlays in most homes and yet one of the most wasted items. It seems ridiculous that we spend the time shopping, bringing the groceries home, unpacking them, paying for the electricity to run the fridge then cleaning out the fridge and throwning the unused food out, taking the rubbish out. What a waste of time effort and money. In a thrifty kitchen this does not happen. I’m not sure why food waste is so high, statistics are one in five bags of food is thrown out!

One of the recipes that I enjoyed making is the apple and cinnamon muffins – easy, tasty and looked exactly like the picture! I also noticed that the authours did not use patty pans, I had some in the cupboard so I used them. My fiance said ‘oh these are good especially with the sugar on top’.

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1 Comment on Book Review: The Thrifty Kitchen – By Suzanne Gibbs & Kate Gibbs

  1. Carol says:

    I bought this book for only $13 at QBD and really like it. I like cookbooks that have a “story” as well as recipes. I was lucky enough to get a lot of free plums (very small but tasty) and made the Plum sauce in this book. I made a chili version the first time and used star anise, allspice and cassia sticks the second time for a more fragrant asian style sauce.

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