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On a Shoestring  - Samela Harris New softcover cookbook Quick easy low budget cooking

On a Shoestring - Samela Harris New softcover cookbook Quick easy low budget cooking


Recipes from the House of the Raising Sons


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New softcover book, 212 pages, first published in 1996, this edition published 2009. All measurements are in metric.

Journalist Samela Harris is a working mum with a healthy sense of the ridiculous. While raising her two sons, she attracted droves of hungry lads to generous spreads cooked on her shoestring budget. Along the way she learnt how to create a dinner party from two-minute noodles, how to trick the boys into eating and enjoying prunes, and how to make a meal from scraps while accidentally locked in the kitchen.

In On a Shoestring Samela serves up over 100 simple and tasty recipes while she entertains us with stories from her House of the Raising Sons. Brenda Maxwell's wicked illustrations make a delicious accompaniment.

Chapters include:

  • Introduction and conversions
  • Soups to warm the cockles and fill the hollow legs
  • An ova view
  • Pasta and rice ammunition
  • Hear no evil, sea no evil ...
  • Ways to chicken out and serious bunny business
  • Meat - with renovations and random acts of kindness
  • Veg out
  • Marvellous miscellanea
  • Just desserts
  • Sweet afterthoughts
  • Forget the fizz
  • Dreaming of a tasty Christmas
  • A tirade of terrific tips
  • Index of recipes

On a Shoestring is an Australian publication. All measurements are in metric and metric cup & spoon

About the author

Samela Harris was born in Adelaide. She worked as a journalist in London and Edinburgh, pausing to marry, bear two sons and spend five years as an organic market gardener in lush Surrey, England. It was there that her interest in hearty home cookery developed. Returning to Australia as a supporting mother, Samela made bountiful shoestring budget meals the core of a secure environment for her sons. It was such an inviting world that increasing numbers of boys kept hanging around for meals - and then just staying.

Thus the House of the Raising Sons was born, and Samela's amusing tales of life with the lads and her economical recipes became a popular newspaper column. She works at the Adelaide Advertiser as a features writer, critic and Internet writer. Samela is the daughter of Australian poet and social commentator, the late Max Harris, to whom this book is dedicated


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On A Shoestring by Samela Harris


Cookbooks Australia has a great range of new, used and out of print recipe books to suit all tastes and palates. Basic, how-to and general cookbooks, international cuisines, favourite chefs and cooks, cake decorating and cupcake recipe books, slow cooker, pressure cooker, quick and easy, comfort food, cookbooks especially for chldren, Australian Women's Weekly recipe books, vintage old favourites from the CWA, Green and Gold, Commonsense Cookery Books. If you are looking for a family favourite recipe or cookbook to give to your daughter, son or to replace your mother's or your own falling-apart copy, it might be here!



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