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The Art of Frugal Hedonism

The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More by Annie Raser-Rowland with Adam Grubb

It sounds too good to be true. You can save money and the world, inoculate yourself against many of the ills of modern life, and enjoy everything more on both the sensual and profound levels? Preposterous!

Yet here is a toolkit to help you do just that. A tweak here, a twiddle there; every strategy in The Art Of Frugal Hedonism has been designed to help you target the most important habits of mind and action needed for living frugally but hedonistically. Apply a couple, and you’ll definitely have a few extra dollars in your pocket and enjoy more sunsets. Apply the lot, and you’ll wake up one day and realise that you’re happier, wealthier, fitter, and more in lust with life than you’d ever thought possible.

Praise for The Art of Frugal Hedonism

“The freest and most contented people pretty much follow the advice in The Art of Frugal Hedonism.”
~ Clive Hamilton, author of Growth Fetish and co-author of Affluenza

“Total page turner… I just ate it up”
~ Davina Adamson

The Art of Frugal Hedonism is an absolute joy. It is good-natured not pious, humane not self-righteous and a guide to ethical living that makes the impossible possible. I am happy to make this my bible.”
~ Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap

“…funny, wacky, wordy, poignant, philosophical and unexpectedly personal and inspiring along the way. This is WAY more fun and has WAY more heart than a budgeting app. Anybody with spending ‘issues’ – or with big dreams that may take some dosh to achieve who ain’t a natural born ‘saver’ -this is highly recommended!!”
~ Ella Hooper via Instagram

“An invaluable harvest of tips oozing with hedonistic wit and wonder. Packed with ideas about why and how we are to live with less to ensure we have a hell of a lot more.”
~ Meg Ulman, co-author of The Art of Free Travel

The Art of Frugal Hedonism is like having a small firecracker in your pocket for performing guerrilla actions on everyday life that just might upend everything and put it back together in a different, cheaper, and much more interesting way. The writing is buoyant and often verges on hilarious.”
~ Kirsten Bradley, Milkwood (read full review)  

“Liberate yourself from the work-to-spend cycle and become a frugal hedonist! This is the inspired message in this life-changing gem of a book. In an age that is obsessed with consumer trinkets and oblivious to waste, the philosophy of frugal hedonism provides a welcome and necessary antidote. The simplicity of this message is profound. Be frugal and be free.”
~ Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute

Publishing information

The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More by Annie Raser-Rowland with Adam Grubb. Published by Melliodora Publishing, 2016. Paperback, 214 pages. ISBN: 9780994392817

US readers can order the book here.

Also available as an ebook.


Goodreads reviews:

Who is it for?

  • For people who want to reshape their spending for maximum pleasure and minimum pain.
  • For people who are already challenging cultural consumption assumptions, but would love a little backup now and again.
  • For anyone who gets a kick out of reading humorous writing (laced with a lot of nifty science) that inspires thoughts about the braver and better things in life.


The Weed Forager’s Handbook

The Weed Forager’s Handbook: A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Weeds in Australia by Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland (foreword by Costa Georgiadis)

Published by Hyland House, 2012 (Flexicover, 166 pages) ISBN: 9781864471212

Over 35,000 sold.


  • Full colour photos and botanical illustrations
  • Detailed edibility and medicinal notes on our favourite 20 weeds, plus another 14 short weed profiles
  • Delicious and easy recipes
  • Remarkable tales from history and folklore!

Step into the world of our least-admired botanical companions, peel back the layers of prejudice, and discover the finer side of the plants we call weeds.  An astonishing number are either edible or medicinal, and have deep and sometimes bizarre connections to human history.

But how do you distinguish a tasty sandwich-filler from its dangerous look-alike?

Which of these garden familiars is the most nutritious vegetable ever tested by the US Dept of Agriculture?

How do you cook with delicious nettles without fear of being stung?

This book reveals all this and more, and will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch.



“In other words, if you eat, then this book is a must-have companion.” ~ Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia, from his excellent foreword(!)

David Holmgren

“This handbook is the essential text for both novice and experienced wild food foragers. The guidelines, excellent ID photos and choice of most useful and common species will give the novice confidence while the facts and recipes will extend all but the most advanced weed aficionados. For the gardener tired of joyless weeding Adam and Annie open our eyes to the fact that the problem can indeed be the solution.” ~ David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept

“The most entertaining read about weeds I could ever have imagined.” ~ Larissa Dubecki, author of Prick with a Fork

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Australia is a big place! Is it relevant to me? If you live near any of the capital cities other than Darwin, or anywhere around Perth or in South-Eastern Australia, the answer is yes. Check out the distribution maps of our top 20 weeds.

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