Yes, I still, once in a while, get a cookbook in the mail. And this time it is a doozy: EAT WELL, SAVE BIG COOKBOOK deserves the huge capital letters even though it is a smallish paperback book. It just exudes that sort of over-enthusiastic kind of big capital letter kind of thing. Right there on the upper right corner of the book is a slach of yellow saying "$$$ Coupons Inside." (It's true. There are 6 coupons included for salad dressing, barbecue sauce, egg noodles, worcestershire sauce, rice and frozen food.) And on the lower right corner, in a circle it says (in bigger font in part): "148 easy meals under $2.50 a serving!" Wowzers.
Okay, I admit it. This does not make me really want to even open the book, which I have yet to do. Even though I like to spend money on food, that's not the reason. I have my moments of being fiscally responsible. It is just ot an appetizing looking book. And the mailer from the publisher empahsizes "Easy-to-Make, Family-Pleasing Meals Priced as Low as 73 cents Per Serving." Yep. 73 cents is only slightly less than the amount that women make for every dollar a male makes in the U.S. (Want some information on this? Click here.) So, even unappetizing, women are 35% more likely than men to live in poverty so. . . this book may be relevant more for one gender than the other, and not merely because women sometimes remain trapped in domesticity. (I fact, in this economy I read that more men than women are out of work because women continue to remain cheaper to employ. For details on this particular gender gap, check this out. Hey, great days -- we're better off because we're discriminated against?)
Anyway, though unattractive the book does offer loads of intriguing recipes -- from chicken with tomatoes and arugula to skirt steak with chimichurri to corned beef and cabbage to black bean burgers. Yes, there are a few old faves like tuna noodle casserole (ok, I admit it, I love that stuff) and meatloaf. Yes, this leans a bit toward whatever the phrase "family food" meant in my youth. But, still, it was not as scarey as that cover led me to expect. But, to be fair I should warn you: each recipe tells you the time it will take to meet and, gasp, the cost per serving. Not sure how to ensure that's accurate, given shifting economic times, but it's probably useful in keeping to a budget and avoiding ramen noodles.
All You Eat Well, Save Big Cookbook. No author. The book comes to you from Time, Inc.'s ALL YOU Magazine. Never read it. Have you? The subtitle of the magazine is "enjoy life for less." Gotta in this economy, right? GO out, spend the money, buy the magazine and the book. Save money. Eat ironically?