This book was first published in 1976, at a time of inflation, rising prices and world food shortages. Sound familiar? Those problems persist, but add to those our current issues around austerity, benefits cuts and the uncertainty around Brexit and you realise that hard times and financial pressures are an increasingly common reality for many people.
This book, with its reliably cheap and tasty recipes, is still relevant. It was actually republished in a glossier format in 2008 but I have a copy of the original, with yellow pages and spillages to testify to its regular use.
There are some recipes I wouldn’t class as frugal nowadays. I think meat and fish may have been cheaper when the book was written so I don’t cook lamb or beef much. However, there are lots of recipes for those on a budget. My favourites include pork sausages with cider sauce, spaghetti with tuna and olives, bean and lentil chilli, souffle’d jacket potatoes and liver casserole. There are some great puddings too. Classics like bread pudding and spotted dick alongside blackberry cheesecake for the forager.
You can still pick up various versions of Delia Smith’s Frugal Food second hand, but if you use my link to Amazon to make a purchase I will receive a small commission.