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The authors of Teens Cook and Teens Cook Dessert are off to college in their third collection of easy-to-prepare dishes for those still finding their way around the kitchen. Prospective cooks are encouraged to prepare everything from Oven-Fried Chicken to Tres Leches Cake in this compilation of over 60 quick recipes. While dishes like Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizza, in which poached chicken is placed atop pita bread with barbecue sauce, shredded cheese and cilantro, aren't going to win any culinary awards, they're user-friendly and likely to become staples for the book's target audience. In addition, the authors offer tips on stocking a pantry and outfitting a kitchen, as well as a handful of themed menus (Toga Party, Cinco de Mayo). Their common-sense approach will no doubt sit well with novies, though their advocacy of bouillon cubes ("it's cheaper and a lot lighter to carry home from the store") and reliance on canned soup for sauces could kickstart some bad habits. That said, there is enough variety in flavor and cultural influence for most beginners, and it's all preferable to the likely alternative: fast food.
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* A full-color cookbook written by and for college students, from the authors of the best-selling TEENS COOK series.
* Includes more than 90 recipes to help students avoid the frozen-dinner-and-ramen rut, a primer in cooking basics, and kitchen- and pantry-stocking tips.
* Illustrated with 60 full-color photos.
* Theme parties include recipes and ideas for `80s parties, Oktoberfest, toga parties, tapas, and Cinco de Mayo.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088268
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm not a foodie, but I like to cook. I've also found its one of the greatest ways to pull together people from diverse backgrounds--nothing like closeting a group of unrelated people in a cozy kitchen, pulling out some good food and drink, and chatting. Beats the heck out of the cardboard pizza most study and discussion groups serve. So, when I received a copy of Megan and Jill Carle's College Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends, I have to admit I was more than ready to give it a go.

Now, normally a cookbook labeled "College Cooking" is going to have 101 things to do with Ramen Noodles or 100+ ways to microwave canned foods so that they no longer resemble canned foods. The Carles didn't take this approach, however. They've put together real recipes, using real foods. The catch is, you're going to need a real kitchen--or at least access to one--to make their dishes. Sometimes that's not such an easy item to come by when you're still in college--even if you are a graduate student.

What do the Carles have to offer? Let's take a look at last week's brunch: fresh tomato soup (ripe tomatoes, salt, milk, and pepper), chicken salad pita sandwiches (real chicken, lettuce, celery, cucumber, grapes and a peppery mayo), zucchini olive salad (strips of crisp zuchinni, garlic, basil, lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, Parmesan, black olives and sunflower seeds), and lemon sugar cookies (made with real butter). Everyone had fun lending a hand with the meal and it was absolutely yummy!

Unfortunately, everything in this meal--with the exception of the zuchinni salad--required access to a full kitchen; and that particular fact applies to almost every recipe in the Carles' book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2007
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Most college kids eat abysmally. I know; I still remember that period of my life. In "College Cooking: Feed yourself and your friends," college students Megan & Jill Carle decided to create a no-fail collection of recipes and tips to allow college students to cook delicious, reasonably healthy meals on a shoestring budget with a minimally-furnished kitchen.

The book starts out with a few "kitchen basics" including notes on their assumptions and decisions regarding ingredients. They've truly taken a college lifestyle into account; after all, your average college student doesn't have a ton of spare cash and probably doesn't have a car to go fetch groceries with.

There's a section on necessary tools and equipment--what you can get away with purchasing in terms of quality and quantity that'll allow you to make the widest array of recipes with the least outlay of money.

The simplest recipes in the cookbook--and the best place to start if you've never picked up a spatula before--can be found in the first main chapter, "Survival Cooking." Here is where you'll find a variety of recipes primarily made with a handful of simple ingredients, including classics such as chicken recipes that use cans of cream of mushroom soup and dry onion soup mix. Fine dining it isn't, but that isn't what we're looking for here--we're looking for something that'll teach a college student to cook and keep her in basic healthy food. It serves this purpose beautifully.

Many of the recipes include handy little sidebars featuring everything from tidbits of food trivia to suggestions for converting recipes to vegetarian versions, reducing the fat content of a recipe, substituting other interesting ingredients, or even finding cheaper options for some ingredients.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. McCarvel on February 5, 2009
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I'm a 19 year old college male who just moved out of the dorms. I consider myself comfortable in the kitchen but not overly confident. This book is just about perfect. It was written by two sisters who were just out of college. They break up the book into sections from "survival cooking" and "avoiding the freshman fifteen" to "impressing your date" and "satisfying your sweet tooth." They also throw in a few party menus for an 80s party, or oktoberfest. Nearly every recipe has a picture to go with so you have an idea what it should look like, and while my dishes never look that good it lets me aspire to maybe reach that one day. They start by talking about cooking basics chopping garlic, finding the right kind of potato, and cooking broccoli. Then they talk about what kind of equipment, herbs and other baking goods every kitchen should have. Then they get to the recipes. At my first glance I thought wow these include a lot of ingredients and will be complex to make. But when I began making them they are simple and don't use too many ingredients. They offer little hints like instead of using chicken you can use tofu and how to cook it, or cheaper ingredients that can be substituted in. My one, and very small hold up about the book is that id doesn't have a prep and cook time on the side. This doesn't mean they don't say how long to cook everything. So for anyone who is moving out of the dorms looking for a first time cooking cook book this if for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marty Martindale on July 3, 2007
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Campus Bound? Here's
College Cooking:
Feed Yourself and Your Friends
By: Megan & Jill Carle
A review by: Marty Martindale

It's rare a dorm-dweller heads out equipped with knowledge to eat well and how to prepare it. It's even rarer when two daughters from one family head out so well-equipped. This is the case of the Carle sisters, Megan and Jill, already authors of a cookbook, College Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends (also when budgets are slim and space is limited.)
They aptly organize the Contents into sections for Survival, Avoiding the Freshman Fifteen, Toga Party, Cheap Eats, Cinco de Mayo, Eat your Greens, Tapas Party, Just Like Mom Makes, Oktoberfest, Food for the Masses, Impressing your Date, 80s Party finishing off with Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth.
Between this and the recipes, they help out with some Kitchen Basics, Tools and Equipment and Stocking your Pantry.
Some overviews:
Chicken with Rice: Merely cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix, white rice, water and chicken pieces....
Eggplant, Tomato and Mozzarella Stacks: Just exactly as the title suggests, great looks!
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