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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (December 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764124951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764124952
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone living on his or her own for the first time will benefit from using this wonderful book. … This would make a perfect purchase for any high school graduate!"


KLIATT, September 2004



From the reviews:
"Many of these recipes are a lot better for you and cheaper than Domino's on auto dial. ...easy recipes for budget minded students."


—Constance Kurtz, USA Weekend, July 30 - August 1, 2004



"Rather than sentence your kid to two bleak semesters of dorm room food, consider bestowing the gift of an age-appropriate cookbook that could save them from delivery pizza and Ramen noodles. ... [a] friendly useful guide to building a kitchen, mastering cooking basics and putting together some dishes that the modern teen would actually be interested in eating. ... best of all for dormitory residents, most recipes are microwave-friendly."


—Erin Crawford, Des Moines Register, August 2004
—Erin Crawford, Asbury Park (NJ) Press, September 2004

From the Back Cover

[back cover]


Your moment of truth has arrived! You’re in college and on your own, you’re feeling those familiar hunger pangs—and Mom isn’t around to make breakfast... or lunch... or dinner.





Don’t despair. This very special cookbook has the answer to all your food problems. It’s filled with basic cooking methods and recipes for meals, snacks, and munchies that taste great, are nutritious—and best of all, are quick and easy to prepare! The recipes fall into these general categories:







* Munchies * Breakfast * Main Courses * Pasta and Rice

* Soups * Veggies and Salads * Desserts





You’ll also find a trouble-shooting and mistake-avoiding feature with most recipes. It’s called Don’t Let This Happen to You. What happen is plenty of good eating with recipes and food ideas that are guaranteed to please!

More About the Author

Jean Patterson is a Pasadena, California-based freelance writer and editor whose articles and recipes have appeared in Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Sunset, Vegetarian Times, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the co-author of Cooking Outside the Pizza Box: Easy Recipes for Today's College Student.
Twitter feed at: http://twitter.com/penandfork

Customer Reviews

Easy to use, nicely written.
Mother
I find with this book I am eating much healthier, and saving money as well.
Teresa Patterson
This is a great graduation gift for kids heading for college.
Gudrid

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2007
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I originally bought this book for myself, and found it to be too introductory for me, so I gave it to my brother, who despite being older than me still calls me to ask things like how you mash a potato. The recipes are very easy to read, making no assumptions about previous knowledge, and they utilize store-bought pre-prepared ingredients (the author is especially fond of frozen potsticker dumplings) in a way that is helpful to college students, although I thought occasionally the scratch alternative would have been no more difficult and probably cheaper and better tasting.

What I love best about the book is the way it is organized. Recipes that require no cooking or are microwave-only are marked with big icons on the page, and while the recipes are organized by meal or food type, like most books, the book also contains multiple tables of contents that group the recipes differently--vegetarian, microwavable, appropriate for a date, seasonally, etc.--and even has one set of listings that put together recipes for a complete meal. While not particularly elaborate (as most of the recipes are pretty simple anyway) I love this feature, because matching flavors can be particularly difficult for a new cook, and for any cook a recipe book can be unhelpful in planning a meal if you don't kind of already know what you want.

The first section of the book is also really good for first-timers because it goes over the basics of setting up, cleaning, and sharing a kitchen. It provides lists of basic equipment and the basic ingredients you should always have on hand, and this list is in general pretty sensitive to the limitations of dorm sizes and mini-fridges. It even gives cleaning instructions for some of the less obvious cleaning challenges in the kitchen.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C Dennett on May 12, 2004
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I don't know about college students, but I do know that I'm not sure how I've made it 33 years in life without this book. The great thing about this cookbook is, the meals don't take 5 hours to prepare, and it's all very simple--almost as fast and easy as calling up the pizza delivery guy, and a helluva lot healthier. I even impressed my new fiance. ;)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jules on June 20, 2004
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These recipes are quite simple and perhaps someone who is an experienced chef might not like them, but I am a singleton who works 60 hours per week and this book is full of quick dinners, and more importantly, stuff that I can make and take to work to reheat for lunch.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dwaz on April 16, 2004
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I wish somebody had given this book to me when I left the nest. It covers all the basics and would have saved me a lot of calls to Mom. Everything is organized so well, with what you need listed at the top of the page and careful, step-by-step instructions below. The spiral cover makes it easy to set it down on the countertop and not worry about it flipping over to another page. The perfect gift for a graduate.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Patterson on January 25, 2005
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As Jean Patterson's sister, I was the target audience for this book. Since I was a college student with little to no experience in the kitchen, I needed help. Scrambled eggs were a nightmare, and macaroni and cheese from the box was as good as got.

After testing recipes that my sister sent me I discovered that the directions were not only easy to follow, but the results were incredible. My brownies have even been praised as the best ever tasted. Yes, even better than Grandma's. I find with this book I am eating much healthier, and saving money as well.

This book did wonders. Plus it makes a great gift for students!
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Annie on October 25, 2007
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I bought this for my daughter who has almost no time to cook and is on a tight budget. What college student just happens to have a bag of avocadoes, asian dumplings, or fresh basil leaves lying around? The recipes in here are strong on the hippie vegetarian San Francisco side rather than the "top ramen" quick fix side. What a college student really needs is ideas of what to do with NORMAL ingredients and items that can be stocked without going bad. This book may be better for someone who actually has some interest in the "art" of cooking rather than just getting something on the healthy side in your stomach quickly. I guess I will keep looking for a true college student cookbook.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Giordano on January 13, 2007
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I gave this to my 21 year old son who just got his own apartment but was still in college and living 3 hours from ome. He was interested in cooking and was calling me up for "recipes" and advice on how to cook his favorite foods. This book seemed too simplistic to me, but he said it was just what he needed and was a great help.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Cambon on March 15, 2004
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If it wasn't for this book, I would have starved.
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