A Girl Called Jack : 100 Delicious Budget Recipes, Paperback Book

A Girl Called Jack : 100 Delicious Budget Recipes Paperback

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100 easy and delicious meals on a tight budget with Jack Monroe's A Girl Called Jack.Jack is a cash-strapped single mum living in Southend.

When she found herself with a shopping budget of just GBP10 a week to feed herself and her young son, she addressed the situation with immense resourcefulness, creativity and by embracing her local supermarket's 'basics' range.

She created recipe after recipe of delicious, simple and upbeat meals that were outrageously cheap.

Learn with Jack Monroe's A Girl Called Jack how to save money on your weekly shop whilst being less wasteful and creating inexpensive, tasty food.Recipes include Vegetable Masala Curry for 30p a portion, Pasta alla Genovese for 19p a portion, Fig, Rosemary and Lemon Bread for 26p and a Jam Sponge reminiscent of school days for 23p a portion.'Sassy, political, and cooking amazing food on GBP10 a week.

We need more like her' - Xanthe Clay, The TelegraphJack Monroe is a 24-year-old single mother and local newspaper reporter.

Finding herself with a food budget of just GBP10 a week, she began to create nutritious recipes to feed herself and her son.

Giving the recipes out to a local food bank, to help others in her situation, she then began to publish them online on her blog, A Girl Called Jack, which now has thousands of followers.

Jack was awarded the 2013 Fortnum and Mason Judges' Choice Award for the impact that her blog has had.

She lives in Essex with her son.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • ISBN: 9780718178949

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I'm always on the lookout for a new cookery and this book is great. It has loads of quick and easy recipes which can be done cheaply if you want.Jack wants to help people at the bottom of the ladder so get the word out and get this book out to as many people as possible.

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A cookbook based on a blog by a single mum having to feed herself and her child on £10 per week. As a result all the recipes are low budget and simple to cook. Our food bill was getting out of hand so this has been a really useful read. She advocates eating meat twice a week, fish twice a week, and vegetarian (bean) dishes the rest. Also the meat and fish dishes are mostly quite small portions stretched out with other ingredients. This is how I like to cook and eat, so it's nice to feel there's someone backing me up in my ideas. And saving money gets rid of any doubts I had about buying organic.