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The Poorcraft series is the essential comic book guide to practical urban and suburban frugality! Whether you're new to independent living, a recent college graduate, or just downshifting to a simpler lifestyle, Poorcraft comics can help you with everything from finding a home to finding a hobby, dinner to debt relief, education to entertainment. We’ve shown you how to liv The Poorcraft series is the essential comic book guide to practical urban and suburban frugality! Whether you're new to independent living, a recent college graduate, or just downshifting to a simpler lifestyle, Poorcraft comics can help you with everything from finding a home to finding a hobby, dinner to debt relief, education to entertainment. We’ve shown you how to live better, travel better, and now . . . learn how to eat better on the cheap with THE POORCRAFT COOKBOOK. This comprehensive guide features tips and tricks for vegetarian and vegan meals, cocktails, budget food shopping, kitchen equipment ideas, and loads of delightfully illustrated recipes from around the world.


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The Poorcraft series is the essential comic book guide to practical urban and suburban frugality! Whether you're new to independent living, a recent college graduate, or just downshifting to a simpler lifestyle, Poorcraft comics can help you with everything from finding a home to finding a hobby, dinner to debt relief, education to entertainment. We’ve shown you how to liv The Poorcraft series is the essential comic book guide to practical urban and suburban frugality! Whether you're new to independent living, a recent college graduate, or just downshifting to a simpler lifestyle, Poorcraft comics can help you with everything from finding a home to finding a hobby, dinner to debt relief, education to entertainment. We’ve shown you how to live better, travel better, and now . . . learn how to eat better on the cheap with THE POORCRAFT COOKBOOK. This comprehensive guide features tips and tricks for vegetarian and vegan meals, cocktails, budget food shopping, kitchen equipment ideas, and loads of delightfully illustrated recipes from around the world.

30 review for The Poorcraft Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Lovely book full of advice on collecting the basics for your kitchen on a budget, backed up with a varied set of recipes. It's all told in comic form, with two bendy armed and legged cartoon characters exploring the budget cookery world, quite beautifully drawn. I was impressed by the breadth of information and recipes given, a very varied collection. There's also information on creating your own spiceblends, and practical things like how to best make coffee. It is positioned as a good gift for a s Lovely book full of advice on collecting the basics for your kitchen on a budget, backed up with a varied set of recipes. It's all told in comic form, with two bendy armed and legged cartoon characters exploring the budget cookery world, quite beautifully drawn. I was impressed by the breadth of information and recipes given, a very varied collection. There's also information on creating your own spiceblends, and practical things like how to best make coffee. It is positioned as a good gift for a student starting out, but I can see this being useful for anyone. (Picked up an ARC through Edelweiss)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    This is all pretty handy stuff, especially since I'm reading this during my time when I need to know the best prices to get groceries. Plus all of the recipes are nice, but the book encourages things based on people's moods. The old timey cartoon aesthetic is a nice touch, it makes this whole process feel timeless. This is all pretty handy stuff, especially since I'm reading this during my time when I need to know the best prices to get groceries. Plus all of the recipes are nice, but the book encourages things based on people's moods. The old timey cartoon aesthetic is a nice touch, it makes this whole process feel timeless.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Poorcraft Cookbook is a wonderfully illustrated guide to improving food security, decreasing packaging and waste, and shopping in bulk locally on a budget. Released 29th March 2022 by Iron Circus Comics, it's 228 pages and is available in paperback and ebook/comiXology formats. There are three volumes in this series at this point and all are accessible, appealing, and upbeat resources for improving lifestyle, decreasing consumption, downsizing Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Poorcraft Cookbook is a wonderfully illustrated guide to improving food security, decreasing packaging and waste, and shopping in bulk locally on a budget. Released 29th March 2022 by Iron Circus Comics, it's 228 pages and is available in paperback and ebook/comiXology formats. There are three volumes in this series at this point and all are accessible, appealing, and upbeat resources for improving lifestyle, decreasing consumption, downsizing, and simplifying on a budget. This volume contains lots of tips for shopping on a budget, meal planning, vegan and vegetarian tips, and living well and simply in an urban/suburban area. The author/illustrator, Nero Villagallos O'Reilly (website contains mature content), writes accessibly and well about the subject. The format is told in panel format with energetic and whimsical B&W pen and ink line drawings. Most of the book is taken up with shopping (smart cooking starts in the store!), but there are a number of well illustrated recipes for soups, cocktails, staples (DIY tofu & kimchi) and a lot more. It's not haute cuisine, it's not for fancy company or special dinners. This would be a good choice for public or school library acquisition, as well as for folks newly living on their own (students, newly fledged adults, etc) as the recipes are beginner friendly and require little in the way of exotic ingredients or tools/supplies. Many areas in the world are experiencing supply issues and gaining competence and food security has a strongly net positive benefit on our mental and physical health and well being. This is a niche book, but it's an important book. Four stars, mostly due to lack of table of contents and index. It's possible those will be included in the release copy, but they were not indicated in the eARC provided for review. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Taun

    THANK YOU to Iron Circus Comics & NetGalley for this ARC. All reviews are honest reflections of my own opinion, always. Grocery budgeting & how to shop, plus healthy cooking, setting up & maintaining a kitchen... these are often things we aren't taught before living on our own. Enter this comic with its wit & wisdom. Featuring valuable lessons of all things related to the kitchen, this book starts with setting up your space in an efficient way, including saying no to all those gizmos & gadgets tha THANK YOU to Iron Circus Comics & NetGalley for this ARC. All reviews are honest reflections of my own opinion, always. Grocery budgeting & how to shop, plus healthy cooking, setting up & maintaining a kitchen... these are often things we aren't taught before living on our own. Enter this comic with its wit & wisdom. Featuring valuable lessons of all things related to the kitchen, this book starts with setting up your space in an efficient way, including saying no to all those gizmos & gadgets that are so unnecessary to real life cooking. The comic also includes some truly handy tips on where & how to shop for groceries (& kitchen tools) to get the most out of your budget. Following practical advice & applications for the new home cook, there is a vast array of delicious recipes ranging from the familiar to the new, including dishes from various countries. The recipes are fairly straight forward, but I would say some require a bit of know-how in the kitchen & may be a challenge for the target audience for this book. The dishes include mains, sides, even some desserts. I enjoyed the comic format of this book. The beginning of the book is chock full of real life practical tips that I found pretty useful, the recipe selection is excellent, but I wouldn't call them budget friendly. With a lot of recipes calling for many ingredients, and some taking hours to prepare, it's sometimes much less economical than creating more basic meals with ingredients that can be used in other recipes, in a more timely manner. The book *does* cover the issue of time constraints & makes the very useful assertion that if you're going to spend extra money, make it on spices, which can elevate many dishes to another level. (I recommend the general Tso's tofu, paired with a side of fluffy rice & miso soup.) In all, a great book for those who have found themselves responsible for their own kitchen.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Hmmm... I thought this would have characters, but introducing recipes, food tips and advice for the down at wallet in an integrated way. Instead, the "adorable characters" (sic) yack on and on while they parade themselves noisily from one food store to another, and all we're really supposed to learn is heralded by a "see notes for more" footnote. So much for the graphic novel as being uniquely placed to be educational. All this yack does act as preamble, however, for the recipe section, which tha Hmmm... I thought this would have characters, but introducing recipes, food tips and advice for the down at wallet in an integrated way. Instead, the "adorable characters" (sic) yack on and on while they parade themselves noisily from one food store to another, and all we're really supposed to learn is heralded by a "see notes for more" footnote. So much for the graphic novel as being uniquely placed to be educational. All this yack does act as preamble, however, for the recipe section, which thankfully is the greater chunk of proceedings. Here the yacking is dialled down to a sensible, proper voice-over as per a regular cookbook, and giving instructions as we would want (even if the promised notes are still being called for). If anything, however, things are too basic – something Mexican and a 'Dutch baby' (very much a term not used here in Britain) demanded I be told what I was letting myself in for, but there is no clue at the start as to what the dish is supposed to end up as. Bit of a priority, I'd've thought. This isn't terrible, despite my loathing for the opening chunk. At least it doesn't talk down to people, but treats the beginner as an expert-in-waiting and behaves encouragingly. It expects you to have heard about batch cooking, and also brings to mind the question of what we'd want to cook and eat, before we fill the freezer with ten gallons of broccoli soup we can barely stand. I'd be surprised if the format is really helpful here – not many are the recipe books that scare you off, wanting a different approach entirely, and this is definitely not that different an approach anyway. But if it's of help, then all power to it. I can't really go much beyond three stars, however.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I saw a review for The Poorcraft Cookbook by Nero Villagallos O’Reilly on the MarySue Blog. It looked interested, so I decided to check it out. The illustrations remind me of an old cartoon and bring to mind depression era frugality, but it is set in modern times. There are descriptions on stores to shop at to stretch your dollar like dollar stores and outlets for your food and equipment supplies. Also, tips on the best way to organize everything when you get it home. What surprised me was most I saw a review for The Poorcraft Cookbook by Nero Villagallos O’Reilly on the MarySue Blog. It looked interested, so I decided to check it out. The illustrations remind me of an old cartoon and bring to mind depression era frugality, but it is set in modern times. There are descriptions on stores to shop at to stretch your dollar like dollar stores and outlets for your food and equipment supplies. Also, tips on the best way to organize everything when you get it home. What surprised me was most of the recipes used alternatives to traditional proteins. That intrigued me because of how hard it is to find a pack of chicken at the grocer right now. However, eating on a budget with these recipes doesn’t really mix well if you have food adversions. Many of the recipes use eggs as the main protein and that is something that is just a no in my book (exceptions made for chocolate cake). I am also curious on where fresh tuna is considered a cheap purchase…overall, the tips were good. I really liked the idea of backwards engineering your favorite recipes from restaurants to try at home as an exercise in mindfulness. Something to try! #NetGalley #March2022

  7. 4 out of 5

    Librariann

    ** I received an advance digital copy through Edelweiss, because I am a librarian and librarians are awesome** Full disclosure: I did not read through all of the recipes in this book, and I cannot attest to their utility or deliciousness. However, I did very much enjoy the kitchen tips and can imagine this being a perfect gift for a college student or any person setting out on their own. Or perhaps even for grown-up people who think they know how to manage food planning. Like, I'm over 40 years o ** I received an advance digital copy through Edelweiss, because I am a librarian and librarians are awesome** Full disclosure: I did not read through all of the recipes in this book, and I cannot attest to their utility or deliciousness. However, I did very much enjoy the kitchen tips and can imagine this being a perfect gift for a college student or any person setting out on their own. Or perhaps even for grown-up people who think they know how to manage food planning. Like, I'm over 40 years old and this book taught me about the distinctions between different types of organic labeling. Dude, I wanted to give this to my equally-old husband (he who has a penchant for buying unitaskers, never puts the produce in the produce drawers, and always leaves dishes to grow bacteria in the sink). This was my first introduction to the Poorcraft series, and I gotta say, based on this one, I'm 100% on board with their message. I love books with an emphasis on the practical, and the graphic novel format means it's going to be easily accessible to a wide range of people, especially young people. What's not to like?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anxious Bibliophile Jacqueline

    Move over Joy of Cooking and Mastering the Art of French Cooking, there is a new cook book in town! This book made me so hungry!!!! From the first panel I was in love with the art style, saying our loud "that's just adorable" and stopping my husband to show him. I was unfamiliar with Poorcraft, but I'm absolutely going to check out the other titles. I am 1000% buying this book when I get the chance! I loved the way the recipe section had fun beautiful illustrations to go along with them. There was Move over Joy of Cooking and Mastering the Art of French Cooking, there is a new cook book in town! This book made me so hungry!!!! From the first panel I was in love with the art style, saying our loud "that's just adorable" and stopping my husband to show him. I was unfamiliar with Poorcraft, but I'm absolutely going to check out the other titles. I am 1000% buying this book when I get the chance! I loved the way the recipe section had fun beautiful illustrations to go along with them. There was a lot of diversity in the dishes, from Mexican to Japanese to deli and bread! I also got really good kitchen cleaning and organization advice I hadn't really considered. I am a person who loves cooking and having a kitchen organized with the tools I need where I need them, so this spoke to that part of me. I am legit going to make the Tamagokake Gohan tomorrow for lunch! Thank you NetGalley and Nero Villagallos O'Reilly for the opportunity to read and review this title!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'The Poorcraft Cookbook' with story and art by Nero Villagallos O'Reilly is a graphic novel showing how to shop and set up a kitchen, followed by a compendium of recipes. Poorcraft is a series of books about living more frugally. This time around The first part of the book is the story of two friends. One is showing the other how to save money by shopping and cooking. This sets up educational trips to dollar stores, grocery outlets and restaurant supply stores. Then the majority of the book is a 'The Poorcraft Cookbook' with story and art by Nero Villagallos O'Reilly is a graphic novel showing how to shop and set up a kitchen, followed by a compendium of recipes. Poorcraft is a series of books about living more frugally. This time around The first part of the book is the story of two friends. One is showing the other how to save money by shopping and cooking. This sets up educational trips to dollar stores, grocery outlets and restaurant supply stores. Then the majority of the book is a series of 1 or 2 page recipes. This is a clever idea and would make a great gift for someone starting out in a new apartment. The approach is solid, the art is fun, and the recipes seem mostly pretty accessible. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Iron Circus Comics. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    Penny is struggling to balance her budget and eat well. So Milli takes her under her wing to get her kitchen set up, gives her organization and cleanliness tips, and then walks her through a whole bunch of recipes. I like the international scope of the types of recipes included in this. I feel like the advice in these Poorcraft books is great for those who are only moderately struggling financially and looking to save some extra pennies. Those who are really struggling can use some of the tips (e Penny is struggling to balance her budget and eat well. So Milli takes her under her wing to get her kitchen set up, gives her organization and cleanliness tips, and then walks her through a whole bunch of recipes. I like the international scope of the types of recipes included in this. I feel like the advice in these Poorcraft books is great for those who are only moderately struggling financially and looking to save some extra pennies. Those who are really struggling can use some of the tips (especially the great tips to keep your equipment in good shape) but things like buying in bulk may not be as feasible. The recipes are illustrated and easy to follow. A useful graphic novel for those looking to save money on food. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hopcroft

    I don't know... Penny and Mil return in this new installment of the Poorcraft series. This time Penny teaches her friend to cook on a near-poverty income, and brings a bunch of recipes with her. The problem! Not all of the recipes seem to meet the cost test, because there are expensive things in some of them. There's still good stuff in here, and it's definitely charming in its own way. I have not tried any of the recipes, though. I don't know... Penny and Mil return in this new installment of the Poorcraft series. This time Penny teaches her friend to cook on a near-poverty income, and brings a bunch of recipes with her. The problem! Not all of the recipes seem to meet the cost test, because there are expensive things in some of them. There's still good stuff in here, and it's definitely charming in its own way. I have not tried any of the recipes, though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee Gautreaux

    This was amazing! I feel like I need to go back and take notes. It felt textbooky but not in a bad way. Everyone should know these things. They're basic human functions but presented in a fun way. We all need a friend like Penny This was amazing! I feel like I need to go back and take notes. It felt textbooky but not in a bad way. Everyone should know these things. They're basic human functions but presented in a fun way. We all need a friend like Penny

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I loved this! Found a ton of recipes to try, everything looks easy, wish I 'd had the organizing and shopping tips and these recipes when I was first on my own. I loved this! Found a ton of recipes to try, everything looks easy, wish I 'd had the organizing and shopping tips and these recipes when I was first on my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Noe

    Reviewed for Booklist

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Greg Talbot

    Not for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

    https://comicsworthreading.com/2022/0... https://comicsworthreading.com/2022/0...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Babsidi

    Fun, useful advice and great use of illustrations to help with understanding the recipes. Also a spectacular collection of different foods.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This delightful graphic cookbook checks all the boxes for me: Practical advice Feasible suggestions Excellent illustrations Easy to reference The hilarious dialogue and enchanting characters only adds to the charm. Buy this book!! Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Martin

    3.5 - skillful drawing and nice flow, but ultimately not a ton of detailed info on really saving money. Plus the recipes are pretty standard.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pete

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brickthrower

  23. 4 out of 5

    mar✰

  24. 5 out of 5

    James T. Catt

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristel (hungryandhappy)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ushka Wakelin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Saunders

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marcus

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben

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