Tin Can Cook: 75 Simple Store Cupboard Recipes

Tin Can Cook: 75 Simple Store Cupboard Recipes

Food writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe presents Tin Can Cook, bringing together seventy-five recipes that you can rustle up from tinned and dried ingredients. If you’ve ever struggled to make a dish because the recipe calls for an exotic ingredient you’ve never heard of, then this is the book for you. Jack does away with the effort; all her dishes are exciting and...

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Title:Tin Can Cook: 75 Simple Store Cupboard Recipes
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Tin Can Cook: 75 Simple Store Cupboard Recipes Reviews

  • Sandra

    just had my first read through and I'm impressed :) lots of ideas of what to do with tins, lots I want to try especially the soups and the chocolate cherry fudge :)

    chapters are

    breakfast + brunch

    soups

    beans

    potatoes

    pasta

    fish

    meats

    puddings

    it has a comprehensive index for such a small book so hopefully that will increase your ability to find what you want quickly.

    I was also surprised by the nutritional information the book begins with, listi

    just had my first read through and I'm impressed :) lots of ideas of what to do with tins, lots I want to try especially the soups and the chocolate cherry fudge :)

    chapters are

    breakfast + brunch

    soups

    beans

    potatoes

    pasta

    fish

    meats

    puddings

    it has a comprehensive index for such a small book so hopefully that will increase your ability to find what you want quickly.

    I was also surprised by the nutritional information the book begins with, listing various things you can buy tinned.

    overall so far I think it's a great addition to anyone's cookbook collection as during a lifetime there's always a time when you need to tighten your purse strings to save money but you still need to eat and this book will help with that :)

    Update : - )

    Made the carrot cake overnight oats recipe using drained can of sliced carrots and amazed it tastes like carrot cake : ) but more importantly has 2 of your 5 a day in it : )

    also my larder is now full of tins n jars of paste for my next recipe try outs : )

    Update : - )

    Made the cockles spaghetti for tea this week as I was curious, used to have cockles when I was a kid :) so sent hubby off for a jar from waitrose and was pleasantly surprised, they weren't chewy but soft and the bursts of vinegar in your mouth when eating the finished dish was surprisingly yummy, second portion I fridged overnight n nuked the next day and although not as saucey it was still delish, will definitely make again and it didn't make the kitchen smell of fish :)

    got the ingredients for trying the fudge recipe next :)

    Update

    I made the fudge but did rum n raisins as the favouring but made mine on stove top, really yummy.

    also made a version of her crumble using tinned apples from Morrison's and it was really nice, in all the years of making Apple crumble I've always used cooking apples so using tinned apple slices is a good quick hack. :)

    also last night made the spicy rice and 2 bean soup, only I used the bag of 3 mixed peppers and an onion as they wanted using. I added extra water n extra paprika and was again pleasantly surprised how nice it was. had leftovers nuked for lunch today and it was more like a risotto, thick, filling, tasty n comforting on a very rainy day.

    so all the recipes I've tried so far have been really great n there's still lots I want to try :)

  • Den

    Put food snobbery aside. Get past any prejudices you may have regarding canned food, and try these recipes. You will have an epiphany (and more money in your pocket). That's got to be worth the meagre price of this book. You'll love it, promise!

  • Claire

    This is a small book that packs a punch. Don’t be deceived by the frugal paper and lack of images, the recipes are practical, well written, and enticing. The variety and creativity is astonishing. I like to ‘read’ cookbooks as well as cook from them, this delivers on all counts!

  • Jennifer

    It often feels frustrating that foodbanks have to specify non-perishable donations but Jack Monroe, erstwhile Foodbank recipient, has taken a sow's ear and made a silk purse from it that will be useable by all kinds of people. The dishes are filling, interesting and on the whole healthy (certainly no less healthy for being based around tins I've not hung onto this book because the book has been designed to be cheap to buy and buy it I shall.

  • Anna

    In a lifetime first for me, I purchased an actual cookery book for myself. All such books I’ve previously owned have been gifts from over-optimistic friends and family. I’m trying to gradually get over my lifelong difficulties with eating and aversion to cooking; they’re no longer funny when you’re reaching mid-thirties. I find Jack Monroe’s recipes much less intimidating and more manageable than the vast majority. I am very easily overwhelmed by long (3+) ingredients lists, specialist terms, an

    In a lifetime first for me, I purchased an actual cookery book for myself. All such books I’ve previously owned have been gifts from over-optimistic friends and family. I’m trying to gradually get over my lifelong difficulties with eating and aversion to cooking; they’re no longer funny when you’re reaching mid-thirties. I find Jack Monroe’s recipes much less intimidating and more manageable than the vast majority. I am very easily overwhelmed by long (3+) ingredients lists, specialist terms, and equipment requirements (not everyone has a blender). As I’ve successfully made several recipes from Monroe’s website, it seems reasonable to expect that I can make some from ‘Tin Can Cook’ as well. I appreciate the focus on tins, as they’re much easier to deal with than piles of fresh ingredients that go off quickly, especially when you’re cooking for one small and unreliable appetite. There are plenty of simple, promising ideas for quick dinners in here, as well as a couple of desserts I might try when I have visitors. Most of the recipes are vegetarian, which is likewise very helpful for me. Although I’m lucky enough not to worry about being able to afford food, I also appreciate the frugality angle. Moreover, the book is a compact softback rather than a grandiose hardback. Jack Monroe makes cooking approachable like no other food writer I’ve come across. If more cookery books were like this, I wouldn’t be so afraid of them.

  • Jules Bradford

    We all have those random tins in our cupboards or keep bypassing those tins of coconut milk or tinned vegetables. This book I was a little dubious about but found myself bookmarking things I wouldn’t of thought of. Great imagination and thought has gone into this. Will be trying out many recipes in this book even though I’m usually a more from scratch cook.

  • Miss RCD Foster

    I really love the purpose of this book and regardless of our circumstances I'm pretty sure we've all got a tin of something in a cupboard we don't know what to do with. I found lots of recipe inspiration, particularly a couple which I think will become a staple part of my repertoire at home.

  • Mark

    Entertaining, as written with a good sense of fun (unlike Delia Smith's earlier foray into the territory of tin can cooking), this small but impactful book causes one to take a fresh look at all the cans we ignore in the supermarket or leave languishing at the backs of our cupboards. Monroe's emphatic message - that this is real food and can be GOOD food - strikes home in a series of recipes surprising in its range. A basic list of tins and sizes to get in stock would have been an impetus to try

    Entertaining, as written with a good sense of fun (unlike Delia Smith's earlier foray into the territory of tin can cooking), this small but impactful book causes one to take a fresh look at all the cans we ignore in the supermarket or leave languishing at the backs of our cupboards. Monroe's emphatic message - that this is real food and can be GOOD food - strikes home in a series of recipes surprising in its range. A basic list of tins and sizes to get in stock would have been an impetus to trying out these unexpected combinations, but I shall attempt to do so nevertheless.

  • Crystal Blake

    When I saw this book I was already the proud owner of one of Jack Monroe's previous books. I love her creativity and inventiveness to turn unappealing or limited ingredients into delicious recipes. This book is a great addition to her collection of cookbooks, and I can definitely see why she was inspired to write it but there are not many recipes that appeal to me personally or inspire me to try them, especially since I don't eat fish. The information at the beginning o

    When I saw this book I was already the proud owner of one of Jack Monroe's previous books. I love her creativity and inventiveness to turn unappealing or limited ingredients into delicious recipes. This book is a great addition to her collection of cookbooks, and I can definitely see why she was inspired to write it but there are not many recipes that appeal to me personally or inspire me to try them, especially since I don't eat fish. The information at the beginning of the book about the different nutrients in tinned food was really interesting.

  • Helen

    Useful, mainly uses tins so you could always rustle something up from this if you keep your store cupboard ready for emergencies, and nothing depends on a supply of fresh fruit and veg. It's not all vegetarian, and while I'm also not a vegetarian there's something quite unappealing to me about the idea of tinned meat or seafood (especially when she suggests rinsing off whatever sauce it has been cooked in) so I probably won't follow her down that path, but the recipes using beans, tomatoes and t

    Useful, mainly uses tins so you could always rustle something up from this if you keep your store cupboard ready for emergencies, and nothing depends on a supply of fresh fruit and veg. It's not all vegetarian, and while I'm also not a vegetarian there's something quite unappealing to me about the idea of tinned meat or seafood (especially when she suggests rinsing off whatever sauce it has been cooked in) so I probably won't follow her down that path, but the recipes using beans, tomatoes and tinned veg look interesting. Good index.

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