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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Remember my cookbook?

Back again from our final trip of the summer to the beautiful Berkshires where I reconnected with childhood places and happy memories of my now-gone relatives from Vienna. I continued some of the questioning I began in the Balkans and got more specifics on the dangerous  journey undertaken by my grandparents, mother, and others as they escaped Vienna in the late 1930s. Truly, my very existence is a miracle.

I may depart from my blog's original purpose--to spread the gospel of frugality--and turn to more personal matters as I attempt to wrest information from the very few surviving relatives--who themselves remember very little and were greeted with silence about those terrible times.

For the moment though, I am back to frugality. After all, if we weren't frugal we couldn't go to the Balkans to ask questions of Ildi, my mother's cousin's widow. Since I am interested in a return visit, I am once again checking the food ads and making lists of necessary items to search for in thrift stores.

And it is time to make yet another pitch for the cookbook Frugal Son and i put together from Miss Em a few years ago, when she went off with a scholarship that provided a dorm room but not a board card. How to cook with limited resources, no car, a small fridge, and NO STOVE?

Thus was born our little cookbook. I have not really made an effort to market it, but copies sell now and again. And now--after all these years--a review! A good one!

Seriously, get your college student a rice cooker (very cheap), some rice (ditto) and a few other things. This will be a much-appreciated gift. I and my post-college kids (and their friends) use the book all the time. Not just for the stove-free.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great! I was on a trip with a fridge ... July 10, 2014
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This book is great! I was on a trip with a fridge available for use. Needed a cheap option for cooking meals, so I searched the Kindle Store and found this book. After reading I picked up a rice cooker and made a few of these recipes. I haven't tried them all yet, but I plan to, and I did enjoy the ones I made. This is an excellent cookbook for dorm, hotel room, and at home cooking.


Gam Kau said...

A rice cooker is so versatile; sent both my kids off to uni with one.
Have you seen this?

Frugal Scholar said...

@GK--I'm going to try those pancakes. Hope your kids have been spreading the rice cooker gospel.

Shelley said...

Like you, we practice frugality in order to afford to travel. I've resisted buying a rice cooker as I don't need yet another gadget, but were I going to have limited cooking facilities I would certainly consider one. I think of you whenever I see one advertised!

Gam Kau said...

I think every Asian student I know gets sent off to uni with a rice cooker. :)
Shelley, I've found them in charity shops and a small one can be had at Aldi for about £10. If you stumble across an inexpensive one give it a try, it would be great for RV living. One pot cooking! Inexpensive or expensive, they all do the job well.