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Cheap, Fast, Good! Cookbook

Need money fast? Look no further than your kitchen.

This book is full of recipes for budget meals, but it's a lot more than that. Times were just starting to get tough when we wrote Cheap. Fast. Good! but we had no idea just how bad the economy would get. If you're dismayed by rising grocery bills and shrinking bank accounts, this book offers common sense advice that's easy to put into practice to save big bucks. We don't know about you, but we don't have time to grow our own vegetables and freeze enough for the coming winter like our grandmothers did when we were kids. But like our grandmothers, we'd like to feed our families nutritious and delicious home-cooked meals that don't cost a fortune.

Cheap. Fast. Good! is a way to cut through both the budget dilemma and the time dilemma with 275 recipes for great, family-pleasing dishes, most of which take under 25 minutes to prepare and average out to cost less—and usually far less—than $2 a serving.

Saving money in the kitchen is as simple as one four-letter word: Cook. But it's a waste of time and money unless you're cooking food you and your family are going to love. So we've assembled as many time-and-money-saving tips, techniques, strategies, and solutions we could muster to help busy cooks fight back at the cash register without feeling like a penny pincher.

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Desperation Dinners Cookbook

Fast, easy, kid-friendly, family dinners is what we cook, write about -- and some nights even dream about. Desperation Dinners! first appeared over a decade ago, and while a few things have changed, some things never do. Busy cooks still need terrific recipes they can count on. We made some promises back then and we're sticking to them now:

These Recipes Are Not Hard.

If you can flip a pancake, chop an onion and stir with a wooden spoon, you can make a Desperation Dinner.

Our Recipes Don't Lie.

If a recipe doesn't count the time it takes to bake, peel, and chop, it's just not accurate. When we say 20 minutes, that's exactly what we mean. We cook with a stopwatch.

These recipes taste great.

If it's not one of our favorites, it's not on Kitchen Scoop. We hope you'll find your old favorites and some new favorites, too. For starters, we invite you to try Moroccan Meatballs over Couscous, Speedy Black Bean Soup and Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein.

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Desperation Entertaining Cookbook

Socially inclined but time-deprived? Want to have friends for dinner but getting your act together seems impossible? Yep. We know exactly how you feel. So we wrote a cookbook full of fast recipes for entertaining.

Need pie now?

Many of our all-time favorite recipes are in this book, like Beverly's grandmother's pecan pie. We fiddled with our Crock Pots until we came up with an assortment of stupendous stews that let us do errands until 5 and have friends over at 7.

It's all in a phased work

Our goal was to become queens of the do-ahead, and the easily elegant. We refuseed to spend more than 20 minutes at a time on a dish -- whether it's 20 minutes total or 20 minutes per cook-ahead phase.

Of course there are tips.

But we hope the real genius of the book is in the recipes. People who haven't encountered the methods in our madness never quite believe that anything this easy (i.e. Desperate!) can really be that good. So we're throwing down the challenge. You'll find lots of recipes from the book here on Kitchen Scoop. Try a couple and see for yourself.

Who's coming over this weekend?

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For more information about co-author Beverly Mills, click here.