The Art of Eating In Book Giveaway

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The Art of Eating In, by Cathy Erway Cathy Erway gave up eating out in New York and started cooking for herself, a two-year experiment she chronicled on her blog, Not Eating Out in New York. Restaurants, take out, and street carts were out, cooking for herself, foraging, and freeganism was in. Cathy’s story is interesting for anyone trying to live frugally by cooking at home more and eating out less, and she shares it in more detail in her book The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, scheduled for release on February 18.

You can win my review copy of The Art of Eating In, just leave a comment in this post about how you have changed or plan to change your/your family’s eating out habits. Please make sure your email address is correct in the email field so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. (Please don’t put your email address in the comment field unless you want a bunch of spammers to find you.) You can get an extra entry if you mention the contest on Twitter, just leave an additional comment with a link to your Twitter status.

Apologies to my international readers, but the prize can only be shipped within the continental U.S. The contest closes at 9 P.M. EST on Thursday February 18, and will select the winner. Look for the announcement of the winner in this post soon after.

Update February 19, 2010: Congratulations to Carol, comment #10, for winning the book!

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  1. says

    We hardly ever eat out anymore. We figured out a while ago that it was cheaper and usually tasted better to make it at home. There are a couple places we still like occasionally, but mostly we dine in. If I want it to be special, like more of a date night, we put the kids to bed first. I have some nice music on, candles, the fireplace if it is cold.

  2. says

    I’ve started keeping my freezer stocked at all times (with chili, soups, cooked beans, cooked grains, etc.) so that I never “have to” eat out. Usually it’s faster to throw together a quick meal than it would be to drive to a restaurant.

  3. says

    Great book! I am working hard this year to eat healthier. This means not taking my kids to fast food just cause it’s easier and I’m tired! I know we will all benefit from eating more at home.

  4. Sandy G says

    We only eat out occassionaly now. Mostly we make things that can be used for more than one meal. Like making a turkey breast and then making soup, sandwiches and a casserole out of the leftovers. It’s faster and a heck of a lot cheaper

  5. says

    With two busy boys, I have tried to make better use of the crockpot in order to have dinner at home. Roasts, chili, and stews can take their sweet time and be ready when we are.

  6. Mary Ward says

    We really don’t eat out much at all. I’ve found it’s more fun to scan the internet for recipes and make new ones at home, besides being much cheaper. I also love that I can be in loungewear and makeup-less and be more relaxed.

  7. Carol says

    I’m trying to keep my pantry and freezer stocked with healthy foods so I don’t always feel like I have nothing to work with to make a meal.

  8. Deborah R says

    We’ve never been that big on eating out, but we’ve cut back drastically – as in we don’t eat out unless we have a gift card or something.

    But I also have the time to cook at home and try new recipes so we don’t get bored with what’s on the table.

  9. Jennifer M says

    We belong to a CSA, which helps keep our habits healthy-we have a lot of vegetables to use up every week and if we eat out, they go to waste.

  10. Sandra K321 says

    We very rarely eat out, partly because eating out can be so expensive. If you stop someplace because we don’t have time to eat at home, we will go to Subway. The kids were brought up not going to the greasy fast food places and now prefer a place that offers salads or subs.

  11. Jason says

    We have let everyone pick a night that they get to choose from a list of things what they want to make. It has worked out pretty well at keeping us from going out all the time.

  12. Amanda S. says

    We never have really eaten out much, so there hasn’t been any additional cutting back. We save it for special occasions, like birthdays.

  13. Carolyn says

    Well, we LOVE eating out. No dishes, good food, convenient. (Sigh) But it’s expensive and becoming impossible with a kid. My strategy is to learn to cook well enough so we love eating IN.

  14. Darcy B says

    We’ve found a compromise–we used to have take out Friday nights–now I make vegetable and sweet potato fries and my husband grabs burgers on h the is way home from work–we’re working our way to stop getting the fast food altogether.

  15. says

    Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! We always cook our own breakfasts now (no more IHOP :() and anything I make for dinner I pack up the next day for lunches at work! :)

  16. says

    We make dinner/lunches at home during the week and only go out for 1 dinner and 1 brunch on the weekend. Much healthier and the bank account is much happier!

  17. says

    Since my Fiance and I were both unemployed last year, we had to learn to get by on relatively little. This meant that we did not eat out a lot, but I had fun scouring the internet for recipes that I could do at home cheaply.

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