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The Campus Survival Cookbook 1 Paperback – February, 1973

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  • Series: Campus Survival Cookbook (Book 1)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (February 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688050301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688050306
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sarah S. Wood on August 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a new cook, i found the text easy to ready and quite informative. I strongly suggest buying this book, it is probably the best cookbook today. My grandma wrote this book for father who has now given it to me.
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I learned to cook from this book, lo these many years ago, when I was in graduate school. It is still one of the best beginner's cookbooks around. If you work your way through the 4 week cycle of menus in order, you will learn all the basics of cooking. (Including, in the first week, such very basic things as the necessity of closing the door to the oven while preheating.)

It is true that the book is dated in some ways. (It was originally published in 1973.) Prices mentioned are a stark reminder of inflation - soup doesn't go for 10 cents a can any more! The menus emphasize meat over fruits and vegetables, so you'll need to include more of them on your own, and the portion sizes for the meat are larger than today's nutrition standards recommend. There's nothing about cooking in the microwave, but we may do too much of that anyway.

My only disagreement is her recommendation for a 12 " cast iron skillet as the all purpose pan. Cast iron is great, but it needs to be properly seasoned, and a new pre-seasoned pan is not fully seasoned. That's a bit much to ask of a beginner. Further, some of the recipes to be prepared in the pan include tomatoes or other acidic foods, which will tend to pick up a metallic taste if the pan is not thoroughly seasoned.

I wish this cookbook were still in print. But the used copy I bought (fulfilled by Amazon, so eligible for Prime) is in perfectly usable condition. I highly recommend it for beginning cooks, those cooking for smaller households, and anyone looking for tasty, straightforward recipes.
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This is the best basic cookbook I have ever read, and I have read many. this book takes you through all the basics, including what to buy for your kitchen, what ingreedients you need on hand, how to plan menus, how to use leftovers, and what you should save from all your cooking adventures. The recipes in this cookbook are simple, and delicious. It provides the college student, bachelor, or anyone who knows nothing about cooking, a daily menu, and step-bystep instructions on how to prepare all your meals. It is especially good for those living in an off-campus apartment with a nice kitchen.
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I was the clueless-in-the-kitchen son who went off to college in 1971 without any culinary savy at all. That inspired one of the authors - Joelyn Scott Gilchrist, my Mom, to team up with her good friend, Jacqua Wood, and write this cookbook. So this review isn't completely unbiased, because I always thought she was the world's best cook! It's great to read the other reviews of her work, seeing that generations of readers have passed down my family's favorite recipes. Forty years later, I still use the cookbook as well, and my daughter now is trying her hand at Granny Jolie's excellent cuisine.

In many ways, the Campus Survival Cookbooks are about more than just preparing wholesome, tasty meals. The authors coach young adults in the basics of setting up a kitchen, smart shopping and food preparation techniques. These ladies really loved to cook and they lovingly pass along their formidable combined culinary knowledge, imparting a skill-set that one can use for a lifetime. Their tutorials are easy to follow and also humorous. One chapter that we get a good chuckle from is "How To Keep Your Girl From Getting Pregnant". Naturally, the reader would pay close attention to those pages, only to learn by the end that the title was a teaser to get guys to read a chapter on the importance of vitamins and nutrition! It concludes with a somewhat risque exhortation to abstinence, which we understand got the book pulled off the shelves in some more conservative communities.

The weekly menu sections are organized to help a student-cook prepare wonderful and varied meals for months without repeating a recipe. Always, the emphasis is on creating the most appealing, healthful food on a student's limited budget.
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One of my favourite starter cookbooks. I bought my first one in the 70s, and have bought copies for all my nieces and nephews ever since, as they went off to school. Getting a little harder to find these days, but still available.
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This is the book I learned to cook with. I still own my copy, and still make some of the recipes from this book. Jo's Sloppy Joes are a family favorite, and the brownie recipe is the best I've ever tried. I bought the 2nd edition for my daughter, and she likes it very well. The book includes 4 weeks of dinner menus, suggestions for lunches and breakfasts, party foods, grocery lists, and suggestions for basic cooking equipment, plus instructions on everything from how to ring the bell to talk to a butcher at the grocery store, to how to slice round objects. Should help any new cook get started.
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I need recipes that are fast, practical, and requires minimum preparation... this book is full of it! I only need to buy a handful of ingredients every other week, and I could make simple meals given the short amount of time i have. Great for beginners
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