Bite this Book: Good Cheap Eats {giveaway}

If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll remember the name Jessica Fisher from our Eat Well, Spend Less series which she spearheaded for over a year. Jessica is kind of an expert on the topic.

Now she has released a new book (we loved her Make Ahead & Freeze cookbook) and it’s absolutely fantastic. Good solid home cooking for families like yours and mine.

Good Cheap Eats (the book) is inspired by Good Cheap Eats (the blog), which I’ve been reading for the past five years. Jessica helps families and busy parents find better ways to get economical and healthy meal options on the table without sacrificing good taste or good nutrition.

Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for 10 or Less follows this theme, with over 70 two- and three-course meals (200 recipes) that feed a family of 4 for $10 or less. Along the way, Jessica has included over 100 tips for stretching grocery budgets, making ingredients go farther, and getting the most flavor from budget-friendly ingredients. Amazing!

Read on for an interview with Jessica and a chance to win TWO of her cookbooks.

GCH cover

Q&A with Jessica Fisher of Good Cheap Eats

As a mother of six, what’s your biggest challenge when it comes to getting dinner on the table?

Making enough! Some days the kids just keep eating and eating and there are rarely leftovers. The second biggest challenge is probably the pickiness. Only one kid child currently struggles with food fears, but it does stretch my patience sometimes.

Budget cooking can seem daunting or bland to some. How did you get your start? Why the need to cook more economically?

My life’s mission has really been to make the most of what I have, whether that’s time with my family, money in the bank, or food on hand. I find that when resources are limited, it actually forces one to be more creative. Necessity is the mother of invention, you know. I’ve always been one to economize. When I quit teaching to stay home with my first child, I started reforming my cooking habits, learning to make things from scratch instead of buying the convenience products at the store. We found that homemade was not only cheaper but it tasted better.

As the years have gone by, our family has realized the health benefits as well. Despite my frugal ways, about 7 years ago we found ourselves deep in consumer debt. That’s when things got really serious and I challenged myself to see how little I could spend and still feed my family great meals. Today we live debt-free and feed a small army of six children all while cooking on a budget.

Are there any ingredients that are worth it to splurge on and buy organic?

Years ago, I made the baby step of moving to organic produce. If the organic variety is out of my price range, I lean on the Clean Fifteen and avoid the Dirty Dozen. I would love to move to organic meat and dairy, but it’s just not doable for us. I focus on items that are free of added hormones, when possible. We splurge on good coffee, cheese, and wine, but within reason, even then. I don’t buy on the high end of any of those things, but I avoid the low end at all costs. It shows.

Thank you, Jessica!! You’re ever an inspiration.

Double Cookbook Giveaway!

Thanks to Harvard Common Press I have two cookbooks from Jessica to giveaway to one reader! She released Best 100 Juices for Kids earlier in the year. I know, the lady is a one-woman-wonder.

Jessica Fisher cookbook giveaway

Winner will receive:


To enter this giveaway leave a comment on this post and, just for fun, tell me something you cooked this week. That’s it! I’ll go first: Chocolate Chip Chili. Yep, it’s that time of year again.

Remember: If you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email.

Giveaway ends Sunday, September 13, at 8:00 AM EST. Good luck to all!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Last night I made cedar-planked salmon and mushroom risotto.

  2. This week was bad-2 fast food nights! However, I did make salmon with orzo and veggies this week. Would love these cookbooks!

  3. Our meal planning has paid off this week in sanity-we made both beef barley soup for quick healthy lunches and grilled salmon for an easy, no dishes dinner. I can’t wait to read Jessica’s new book!

  4. I have Jessica’s Make-ahead and Freeze cookbook….would love to win her latest books. I cooked Chicken Marsala this week.

  5. Annabelle Agnew says

    Always love a season change to get me re-inspired! I made a butternut squash and carrot ginger soup + lamb & chickpea tangine yesterday (gwyneth’s recipe) – which will be our meal for tonight, too. These books sound right up my alley, I’ll be sure to purchase if I don’t win 🙂

  6. This week I made a crock pot Beef Strogonoff. One of my family’s favorites!

  7. Fall weather hit this week, so I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

  8. Crystal Hankey says

    Macaroni Salad and BBQ Ribs. Yep. Still BBQ time in Nevada!

  9. Strawberry oatmeal bars!

  10. Taco pasta!

  11. Chicken fajitas in the crockpot!

  12. cristina gutierrez says

    What with chilly evenings, it was seafood chowder, my son’s favourite.

  13. I made broccoli and carrots with whole wheat penne pasta, my take on broccoli & cavatelli but healthier. I bought and love new cookbook but would love a copy for my mother in law and the juice book for me and my children.

  14. Barbecue chicken chili

  15. Shannon Nicks says

    Cool fall weather + back to school = baking time! This week we made Breakfast cookies, Banana oatmeal muffins and zucchini muffins. The freezer is looking better prepared for the weeks ahead 🙂

  16. Asian Pork Loin, with southern coleslaw, applesauce, spinach and mashed potatoes/gravy.

  17. I made ground turkey enchiladas. They were delicious and SO easy!

  18. This week I cooked freshly caught (that day!) salmon with two different kinds of marinades.

  19. Poppyseed chicken!

  20. pesto chicken w/ mushrooms – delicious & simple!

  21. Spanish Chicken with slivered almonds and saffron.

  22. i made tofu burgers

  23. This week it cooled down so we actually used the BBQ and oven…home baked pizza, hot chocolate, neighbour caught a fish and cleaned it before giving it to us as a gift – great idea and used lots of leftovers for omelets extraordinaire just to warm up our insides!!! YUM

  24. These cookbooks are on my wish list right now! :). I own and greatly enjoy Jessica’s Freezer cookbook. This week I cooked a delicious chicken dish inspired by an Outback entree – chicken thighs covered with sautéed mushrooms and diced bacon with some of the bacon fat, drizzled with a honey mustard and topped with Colby-jack cheese. So yum!! 🙂

  25. I enjoyed the interview!

    Zucchini chocolate cake is something I made this week.

  26. Made a stirfry with a white fish and lots of veggies!

  27. We made fried eggs over a bed of fresh chard with sauteed mushrooms and onions. With a little scattering of fresh tomatoes, bacon and slice of toast we called it delicious.

  28. Jessica Tenney says

    I made mexican lasagna with Spanish rice and refried beans

  29. Zucchini and sausage frittata.

  30. I made your Creamy Cauliflower Capellini!!!! And it was a HIT with the two small kiddos and the husband! It converted well to a lactose free meal as well. I’ve got your Early Summer Risotto with New Garden Vegetables on the menu for this week.

  31. I grilled hamburgers this week, with fresh sweet corn!