Save with Jamie – review

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When I first picked up this book I was sceptical about it saving any money. It is big and glossy with a lot of nice colour photos. But Save with Jamie is a useful addition to my frugal bookshelf, with some lovely recipes. Here is my Save With Jamie review.

Can this book help you save money?

Save with Jamie review. A photo of the inside pagesWhat would Jamie Oliver know about saving money, you might ask? He has never had to live on a very tight budget. I am sure this is true, but he does know how to run a kitchen for profit so is aware of ways to reduce food waste. He is  also a creative chef, which means some of the recipes presented in this book are very different from anything else I have come across.

Puff pea and potato pie, squash houmous, aubergine daal, and savoury Japanese pancakes are on my hit list to try.  I regularly use Jamie’s saag aloo and hit and run tray baked chicken already.

Love your leftovers

Save with Jamie review. A photo of the inside pagesI like the way the book is organised, with a key recipe for, say pork, with lots of ideas about how to use the leftovers. Alternatively he will take an ingredient, such as squash or chicken stew, and give you four ways to use them.

There are pages aimed at preventing food waste spread throughout, which is great for the budget cook. What to do with stale bread, dripping and leftover wine (as if!) are useful sections.

Shop smart

There is a chapter on smart shopping, which won’t tell you anything you don’t already know if you already shop on a budget. We know we need to meal plan, shop with a list and not go to the supermarket when hungry.

However, his chapter on the freezer is good. I find the sensible use of mine to freeze leftovers, home grown fruit and veg and yellowsticker bargains does save money.

I also like the cheap and simple ideas in the bonus recipe section.

Expensive ingredients

Occasionally the ingredients pose an issue for the truly frugal cook, however. For example, lamb is too expensive for many families on a budget and beef is reserved for high days and holidays in our house.  Salmon is also not likely to be on the poor cook’s shopping list often.

Despite this though it is overall a bumper book full of delicious looking recipes. Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less would be a very nice present for a young couple moving into their first home I think. If you can get it at a decent price it is worth having.

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6 thoughts on “Save with Jamie – review

  1. I currently have this out on loan from the library and I have definitively put it on my to buy list….we are having his JFC bucket dinner Saturday evening whilst watching strictly x

    • There is a good section on veggie food but not enough to justify buying this one. I enjoy watching him on the TV for the same reason as you.

  2. I have this book and I absolutely LOVE it. When I first had this book I won a £100 voucher to spend at Tesco, not place I regularly visit so I went through the book and made a list of lots of things I would not have normally bought and it really widened my horizons. I find it useful to walk around the supermarket now and again and just look at things I don’t normally buy, too. I have made all the things on your hit list apart from the pancakes. I have also made squash fritters, chapatis, chicken and choritzo paella, fish tikka curry, chicken and pea risotto, piadina and probably others I have forgotten about.
    I don’t necessarily look at it as a money saving book as I always adapt recipes to what I can afford or like to eat better. I have his Jamie at Home and 30-minute meal books, too. With the 30 minute book I rarely have to cook to a tight time limit as I am at home each day, but I love them for ideas in general.

  3. I got this book from the library and loved it; was not happy when i had to hand it back! But I managed to find a copy for £2 in a local charity shop and, rarely for me, actually bought the book. This is my ‘book-strategy’: borrow from the library for a few weeks, then keep an eye out for a 2ndhand copy and buy it if you really use it. Then when you’ve had the books for a while and no longer use, sell on via ziffit! I’ve got a few books packed up (incl a hardly-ever-used cookbook) waiting to go off to ziffit next week – should get £17 back. weyhey!

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