There are a few frugal foodies out there who have perfected the art of dining on a dime, and they’ve gotten so good, they’re sharing entire cookbooks of budget-friendly tips and recipes. These are a few of our favorites, the perfect holiday gifts for budget-savvy home cooks (or for updating your own collection).
Blogger and cookbook author Beth Moncel of Budget Bytes is a self-proclaimed food lover and number cruncher. Her goal is to create simple, tasteful recipes that won’t break the bank. The recipes in her book include a cost-per-serving analysis and tips on how to save when grocery shopping. Buy Now on Amazon: Budget Bytes ($13)
GOOD AND CHEAP
While obtaining a master’s in food policy at NYU, Leanne Brown became fascinated with the idea of living on $4 a day through the U.S. SNAP (food stamps) program. Her explorations led to a variety of delicious recipes—such decadent recipes as Peach Coffee Cake, Vegetable Jambalaya and Broiled Tilapia with Lime. Brown’s economical inquiry into eating well has resulted in a fascinating collection of recipes and tips. Buy Now on Amazon: Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day ($12)
WELL FED, FLAT BROKE
Over 120 recipes line the pages of this captivating cookbook, written by working mother and wife Emily Wight. The book is organized by ingredient, so you can maximize saving by using ingredients you’ve already got on hand. Although the recipes are frugal, they’re by no means flavorless: Wight includes Thai, Dutch, Indian and Latin-American inspired recipes. Buy Now on Amazon: Well Fed, Flat Broke: Recipes for Modest Budgets and Messy Kitchens ($19)
GOOD CHEAP EATS
Another budget-savvy blogger, Jessica Fisher of Good Cheap Eats has been on a mission since 2009 to feed her family of seven on a tight budget. The result is a collection of fantastic recipes that are easy on the wallet and perfect for novice chefs. You’ll want to keep this one handy. Buy Now on Amazon: Good Cheap Eats ($13)
THE WORKING CLASS FOODIES COOKBOOK
Eating organic while on a budget can seem impossible, but Rebecca Lando’s got it mastered. This Youtube series-turned cookbook features over 100 seasonable, sustainable recipes for the locavore in all of us. Buy Now on Amazon: The Working Class Foodies Cookbook ($18)
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