In their two previous cookbooks, Desperation Dinners! and Desperation Entertaining!--together with over 330,000 copies in print--Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross showed us how to save time in the kitchen without ever sacrificing flavor. Now the Desperate Duo turns to the universally appealing idea of saving money, too. Cheap. Fast. Good is not a penny-pinching cookbook--it's a get smart cookbook. It's about planning smart, shopping smart, cooking smart, and not, coincidentally, about eating smart. The work of two brilliant problem solvers, it presents 275 delicious recipes that are thrifty, quick to prepare, and intrinsically family-friendly and healthy, too: Barbecued Chicken and Black Bean Burritos, Sweet Onion Chowder, Bayou Stew, Ham and Asparagus Crostini, Basic Beef Brisket, Perfect Apinach Pesto Pizza, Gay;e's Country-Style Steak, Souped-Up chicken Stroganoff.
Recipes are filled with techniques for pushing flavor, substituting ingredients, and using what's in the refrigerator or pantry already, and every chapter includes strategies for running a kitchen more economically--The When, Where, and How of Shopping, The Miracle of Menu Planning, Making Your Own Convenience Items, Cutting Up a Roasted Chicken, and more.