I promised to give you more background on that wonderful fall harvest salad I featured in my last post, and so I shall. It came from a great new cookbook called Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget written by local blogger and fellow poor girl, Amy McCoy. Given the current economic climate, I can’t imagine a more timely and relevant topic. McCoy knows that cutting back doesn’t have to mean eating poorly. It might mean eating less or eating differently, but it shouldn’t have to mean eating crap food.
On the contrary, McCoy makes cooking on a budget look like great fun, which it is, as well as downright classy (note the back section on budget wines). She convincingly demonstrates that by planning and cooking your own meals, you really can save money and eat better (read: healthier and more enjoyably). She even breaks down the estimated costs for you. Orzo, sun-dried tomato, and walnut salad with feta: $2.61 per person. Chicken, sausage, and kale soup: $3.28 per person. Honey mustard- and cider-marinated pork spareribs with thyme-roasted carrots and buttery mashed potatoes: $3.05 per person. She also offers realistic pointers for conserving some coin, like buying meat on the bone, shopping at ethnic markets, and buying fresh vegetables in season. Warning: She seems to really like squash.
Poor Girl Gourmet is one of my favorite new cookbooks of the year and, as such, Andrews McMeel has agreed to donate two copies to be raffled off to you Food on the Foodies. Can I call you that? No? Not even if I give you a free cookbook? Okay, fine. To be considered, simply leave a comment on this post about your own favorite “poor girl/boy” meal. Doesn’t have to be fancy—peasant food is welcome, encouraged even. And if you don’t win (and, let’s face it, most of you won’t), it’s a solid gift idea for any upcoming birthdays or end-of-year holidays that shan’t be named. In the meantime, you have until Wednesday or whenever I feel like shutting this down.
Ready, set, go!