Instead of being called “Vegan on the Cheap,” this book should be called, “Vegan a Little Cheaper.”
- The first chapter is full of money and time saving tips, and more advice is sprinkled throughout the book. This chapter is excellent!
- The second chapter, called “Cooking Basics,” gives recipes for basics like vegetable cooking broth, marinara sauce, made-from-scratch seitan, vegan sour cream, oven-dried tomatoes, a basic recipe for beans, and basic recipes for making rice on the stovetop or in the oven. This chapter was also helpful.
- In the beginning of the book Robin claims all the recipes cost less than $1.85 per serving, with each recipe typically making four servings. However, the cost per serving beside each individual recipe ranges all the way up to $2 and $2.50 per serving! I’m sorry, but I don’t call a $10 main dish cheap! Even if the cost per serving matched her “maximum” of $1.85, that would still be $7.40 for the main dish – and that’s not counting her “splurge a little” suggestions or the salad, vegetables, or fruit you would need to round out the meal.
- I didn’t find the recipes very enticing. Robin has much more appetizing recipes in some of her previous books, such as the rather excellent 1,000 Vegan Recipes or Quick Fix Vegan. I suppose she was trying to come up with “new” recipes for this book and not repeat herself, but I think the frugal concept would have been better served had she selected the best frugal recipes from her previous books.
In short: Some of her advice may save you money, but these recipes will not.