1 March 2018

Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers


Five years ago my book, The Leftovers Handbook, was published and I was so excited. 

seriously useful book on cooking leftovers

Today a new edition is out.  It is now called …

Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers


… and I haven’t met it yet!  But I’m still excited.
leftovers are inspiring ingredients pinterest image


Basically, the book contains every recipe, idea, handy, hint and cook’s treat I could think of for 450 potential leftovers.  For each food listed I give advice on storage and also food pairing ideas, i.e. what goes with what so that, hopefully, two or three leftovers can be used up in one dish.

At the end of the book is a chapter of basic recipes such as soup, risotto, frittatas, a useful flexible dough etc.  There is also a chapter on what to keep in the store cupboard and a short rant on Best Before Dates!



As I say in the intro …

I wrote this book out of sheer irritation!

I lived and worked as a chef for many years on a small island in the Caribbean where supplies were limited, erratic and even occasionally non-existent. This was particularly tricky when running the kitchens of expensive, tourist ridden, restaurants.

I was already quite good at avoiding waste but this time in the tropics taught me to make the most of every single scrap of food available.  

On returning to England and seeing so much good food being thrown away I decided to tell people what to do with it, so to speak!


… and …

creative ways to use up leftovers, introduction quote

And I mean it!

I keep all my leftovers and then, when it is time to prepare lunch (suddenly, obviously) or dinner, I peruse what’s leftover in the fridge and get inspired, I rarely let myself down.

What’s Changed?

Well the cover, the title and the layout and, best of all, the price! Down from £12.99 to £8.10 (at the moment, at least) on Amazon. Apart from that (and the fact that the irritating clipart has been removed!) it is much the same as the original.

Reviews of Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers


As Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers is, essentially, the same as the original, The Leftovers Handbook, here are a few reviews to let you get an idea of what sort of book it is.

“Cookery books are really very boring, but this one definitely isn't!”
“This book isn't just useful, it's very funny, interesting and educational, and I'm ashamed to say I have been reading it at bedtime while gnawing on tarted up scraps.”
“I'm really enjoying reading this book. It's not just a guide to ‘what to do with your leftovers’ but is a fun and informative read. It's had me laughing on several occasions, thus feeding the soul as well as filling the stomach. It's packed full of useful tips and ideas and covers an astonishing array of foodstuffs. I'm really looking forward to trying out some of the recipes.”
“Really useful! I love this book. In addition to being clearly set out in alphabetical order and having good ideas for using up a huge range of food, it has tips for cooking and for each ingredient a list of things that go well with it. I have used it a lot since I got it.”
“I find myself referring to my copy constantly, so it now lives permanently beside the cooker. A great resource that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.”

It’s OK, don't panic, I’m not going to quote them all, but you get the gist.







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