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College Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends Paperback – April 1, 2007
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* 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible for new cooks, not very many recipes, too complicated for college students.Published 5 months ago by Karolyn E. Varner
This book is very well done!
There is an intro where they explain what you should always have in your pantry. Read more
Got this for my son and it looks like a really good book to broaden his cooking repertoirePublished 13 months ago by elizabeth m
I have had 3 versions of this book (two were destroyed in cooking mishaps), but I'd happily buy it a fourth time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amanda Marie Stopar
Daughter bought this as a gift for friends heading off to college. Going to buy one for her too when she leaves next year! Very nice quality and useful recipes inside. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tracy M.
I have tried about half a dozen or so recipes from this book so far and most of them are really tasty. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Freakazette