As I promised in my original review, I revisited the show (I'm sorry it took this long to get around to doing that). After watching a few episodes, this time around, I had a much more favorable impression. Liberman did a great job of staying budget-conscious, even giving the viewer hard numbers and cooking techniques to help illustrate how to save money. He also figured up what the meal would cost per person, which is especially helpful to people who are used to buying meals at the drive-through and don't think they can cook for themselves for less.
I can recommend the show to people who are looking for ways to save on their food budgets; and now that the show's been on for a while, there are plenty of reruns and recipes from which to choose.
The only reservation I have left is slight; some of the recipes seemed like they might take a bit more time to prepare than some people have. Ultimately, though, it's worth it to spend a bit more time in the kitchen if that means saving some money on food shopping and dining out (not to mention the health benefits of home-cooked food over fast food). I hope everyone who's working hard to create a budget and stick to it will check out this show and use it to help meet those budgetary goals.
I feel bad about talking down the show when it first aired, but it has definitely improved since then. I'll keep watching, and hopefully prepare a recipe or two and post how it turns out.