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The message is simple: excellent food is available at affordable prices. You just have to know what you’re looking for – and where to find it.

Shrewd Food is the definitive guide. Inspired by the hugely popular website shrewdfood.ie, set up in 2009 by dedicated foodie and home-cook extraordinaire Elizabeth Carthy – who knows first-hand the challenges of feeding a family on a budget – this collection of over one hundred recipes for every occasion also includes information on:


Shopping for best-value and quality


Shrewd cooking tips


The shrewd cupboard


Seasonal cooking


Occasion cooking on a budget.

In easy-to-follow recipes containing fresh, affordable ingredients, Elizabeth shares with us her knowledge of traditional Irish cuisine – learned from her mother – to shrewd recipes from Europe and the East, gathered during her many years living abroad.

More than just a cookbook, Shrewd Food is a way of life.