- Series: Campus Survival Cookbook (Book 1)
- 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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The Campus Survival Cookbook 1 Paperback – February, 1973
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am buying this book for my son who is moving to an off-campus apartment for his junior and senior year of college . Read morePublished 22 months ago by wonderboy
I bought this years ago when I was just out of college and have recommended it to several friends. It taught me how to cook. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sandford S
I bought this for my daughter who will be living off campus this summer. As empty nesters, my husband and I could use this cookbook. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Irish Frau
My husband came equipped with a copy of this when we got married years ago, and I wanted a copy for our son when he moved out on his own. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Lois
I have had a copy of this book for over 30 years, but one of my dogs ripped it to shreds. I was pleased that I was able to replace it and get copies for my children.Published on February 23, 2014 by Lucy E. Clark
I read this cookbook in the library in my senior year in college (a million years ago), knowing I would soon be leaving the dining hall and having to make my own way in the... Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Cybelline
I was given this cookbook back in 1976 when I got my first apartment. It was my first cookbook and it is still in regular use. Read morePublished on October 22, 2006 by Piankatank
My mother gave me this book went I went to college in 1977. I didn't use it much during those college years as I lived in the dorm. Read morePublished on July 13, 2006 by Michael P. Rabang