A Girl Called Jack
100 Delicious Budget Recopies
By Jack Monroe
Penguin/Michael Joseph Paperback
Let’s face it: Jack Monroe isn’t the first and won’t be the last. Numerous cookbook authors have stressed their low budget credentials before and will do so again. While aspirational cookery has always remained popular even during the darkest days of the recent recession, it would be a foolish foodie indeed who entirely ignored entirely the constraints forced upon many ordinary people by the slump resulting from the jiggery pokery of our once esteemed global banking, plus the subsequent devastating economic slump.
The difference is that, without wishing to get all Karl Marx-y about it, author Jack Monroe has solid recent and raw experience of life on what used to be called “the breadline”. She was and is a single mother from Southend and spent a full year on the dole as recently as 2011…
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