My friend Julie Feinstein Adams, who knows what's what, says frugal is the new black. I am sometimes ahead of certain trends; in March 2008 I collected favorite frugal recipes from the blog here. I love the title so I'm recycling it.
Mark Bittman asked his readers in July 2008 what they would cook on little money and no kitchen equipment. My answer, including the inevitable Cairo-hot-plate-Max-Rodenbeck story. For my leavingtaking from Egypt I fed the future Middle East correspondent for the Economist shrimp seviche, risotto and chicken saute even though we had no refrigerator or proper stove.
No matter what the state of the economy or your pocketbook, there's always hope for a good meal.