It's thrifty all right, but it's pretty plain home cooking, from boiled fowl to boiled custard. I found it dull, monotonous, unimaginative, unalluring (and I'm a pushover for cookbooks). She goes through the routine categories, taking a few basic recipes, and appending a list of ""thrifty changes"" for variety. Give me M.K.H. Fisher who serves up her dishes enticingly in How To Cook a Wolf. But -- to the dime a dozen American housewives, I suppose this will be useful.