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Everyday bargain meals

Food writer Jack Monroe’s latest book, Cooking On A Bootstrap, is a fun treasure trove of delicious food for when you’re watching the pennies

Jack Monroe writes with honesty, humour and a no-nonsense style, which is exactly what you want when money is tight and what you have in the cupboard and fridge is uninspiring! She will change your outlook on food and cooking; in her eyes, there is nothing that can’t be substituted, improvised or adapted to make full use of whatever you have to hand. She says: ‘My mission is simple: cooking on a budget needn’t be gruel and gastronomic flagellation. It can be sumptuous. It can be nourishing. It can be devastatingly delicious. It can be achievable. It can be all of these things with the smallest of kitchens and the simplest of equipment and absolutely no skills whatsoever. It can be yours.’

Discover fun recipes such as ‘Pintglass bread’, ‘Marmite mac ‘n’ cheese’, ‘Whirly buns’ and ‘Double chocolate Guinness brownies’. There’s a shopping guide to the perfect kitchen store cupboard and equipment, plus chapters with ideas for every meal of the day, with a range of vegetarian and vegan recipes, as well as meat-based dishes. We’ve chosen three inspiring ones for you to try – give them a go and pocket the change!


Spoon it into a bowl. Sit in your favourite spot. Hug that bowl. Enjoy every mouthful. You made this for yourself out of love. You are nourishing yourself. You are smart. You are kind to yourself. You can wash up tomorrow.


•Oil, for frying

•2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

•1 onion, roughly chopped

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