Cookbook Giveaways {2 Winners}

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2011

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to:

Megan (simplythriftymom@…)

Leslie (torello.leslie@…)

I will contact you shortly with the information I need to get you your books!

A few months ago, I received a copy of The Frugal Foodie Cookbook AND a copy of Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It for review.

I procrastinated a bit…but then a read them — and totally fell in love with them!

Let me start with The Frugal Foodie:


I have read and flipped through lots of cookbooks over the years, but I usually give them away because I’m more content to find my recipes online. However, the Frugal Foodie Cookbook is different — and I will NOT be giving my copy away!

I would defintiely consider myself to be a VERY frugal person, but after reading through the recipes, tips, and ideas in this cookbook, I have SO many more ideas to stretch our super small grocery budget. I also love that every chapter has a “Cents-able Solutions” section where the author gives all kinds of extra tips to stretch a dollar.

Here is some information the publisher sent me:

The recession has put a lot of strain on the grocery bill, especially for those with families or friends to feed. But that doesn’t mean having to skip gourmet food and a balanced diet. Noted chef and “four-star frugal gourmet” Lynette Shirk shows readers how to creatively and cleverly use ingredients and leftovers to produce wonderful inexpensive meals for any occasion.

This book has everything, from roasting coffee at home to concocting inexpensive crave-worthy casseroles to whipping up snacks on a shoestring.

Chapters include “Bankable Breakfasts,” “Lunch for Less,” “Snacks on a Shoestring”, and “Dinner on a Dime,” and feature irresistible recipes from Shaved Shrimp Rolls and Gourmet PBJ to an Exponential Chicken that stretches the bird over five different courses.

So far, my favorite recipe is the Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix {page 14}

The other book I received was Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It:

In case you don’t know me, let me just assure that I am a HUGE D.I.Y. junkie! If I can figure out how to fix it, make it, grow it, bake it, and/or do it myself — you better believe I will!

So obviously the title of this book caught my immediate attention, and it’s no surprise that I absolutely loved reading all the frugal D.I.Y. tips packed into the pages of this book.

Here’s more information from the publisher:

In this D.I.Y. guide to the good life, readers learn how to edit their lives, since in the long run, less is more — pedal now or paddle later! The best things in life are free — or very nearly free — and author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom.

Based on a sensible foundation of global responsibility and foresight for the next seven generations, Billee Sharp’s philosophy is compelling. From the radical common sense introduction to the practical how-tos and yummy recipes, this is a step-by-step handbook to revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality of life in the process.

Learn how to start a community garden and to seed share, raise organic veggies in the front lawn, eco-clean the house with lemons and lavender, cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet, organize a trade-for-what-you-want free flea market, and cook meals for pennies.

See — doesn’t it sound amazing???

My favorite chapter right now is chapter 4: Homely Habits. It talks all about simple ways to save money, save time, and go green in your own home.


So, who would like to win BOTH of these books?

Viva Editions & Cleis Press is giving TWO lucky Simply Organized Living readers a copy of both books…pretty cool huh!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me your best “frugal” recipe, tip, idea, etc. And if you don’t have any frugal tips, then just say why you would love to win these books!

This contest is open until Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at 10:00 pm EST. TWO winners will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, July 6. Please read my full disclosure policy and contact me with any questions you might have. I received a set of products for review, however all opinions are my own!

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  1. christie


    Fruit that doesn’t get eaten by the end of the week goes into the blender with some ice.

  2. Kim T.


    Instead of buying ham at the Deli for around $6.00/lb., I buy a good boneless ham in the meat section and have the Deli slice it how I want it. I usually don’t pay more than $3.50/lb. The last one I bought I only paid $2.50/lb. I freeze it in 1 lb. portions and use it as I need.

  3. Karen


    I would love to win both cookbooks to learn how to be more frugal in my cooking. Thanks.

  4. Audrey


    Slow-cook tougher cuts of meat to save on cost while enjoying tender, flavorful beef!

  5. Becky Ann


    My best frugal tip is just to STAY AT HOME! It is amazing how much money I don’t spend by being content to enjoy my home and things that I can do here!