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A Girl Called Jack: Eating Well On A Limited Budget


If you are in the UK then you would have heard of food blogger Jack Monroe. She has risen from being unknown and living on pennies to successful author and speaker for those living on the breadline.

Jack Monroe has proved that you can make meals and feed a family on the tiniest of budgets. Something she has learned to do basically because she had to.

This video from the Guardian gives some background on Ms Monroe and an amazing burger recipe for pennies a portion…

She has also appeared in Sainsbury’s adverts, again demonstrating how you can make meals from left overs…


If you are a fan of Jack Monroe or need a collection of recipes for a low budget then she has a book available at Amazon, A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes.

Even the Daily Mail has a fairly positive review of the book, Food book of the week: A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe

Her food is varied, resourceful and unpretentious, embracing tinned fruit, frozen vegetables and bottled lemon juice. And though the book was born out of austerity, it doesn’t mean the approach is similarly spartan. On the contrary, it is upbeat and enthusiastic. She cheerfully acknowledges adapting ideas from the likes of Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay, and includes recipes with breezy names such as Moroccan not-a-tagine and sort-of paella.

But Jack Monroe is someone who deserves to be celebrated for more than just her food. For those of us who don’t have to worry about where the next meal is coming from, the real value of her book is that it makes you appreciate what you have and forces you to reflect on how to make the most of it.

I admire Ms Monroe, not just for being able to cook budget meals and getting a young child to eat them but also for being outspoken and standing up for herself and others.

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