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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618711759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618711758
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I had always known of the existence of the kitchen," begins Kevin Mills. "It was the room with the fridge in it. As for cooking, it was somebody else's problem. It was Mom's." When Mills went to college, however, it became his problem as well. After extensive phone coaching from Mom, he learned enough rudimentary recipes to keep from starving. And now you can learn them as well, along with a handful of not-so-rudimentary ones. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When Kevin Mills moved into his first apartment, he soon realized he couldn't live on just take-out food alone, so he called his mother, Nancy. She taught him to cook, and now the two of them have put together a collection of easy recipes (actually, they're graded?most are Very Easy or Easy, a few are Not So Easy) for inexperienced cooks, along with lots of "Mom tips" and "Mom warnings." (Because Kevin's girlfriend is a vegetarian, more than half the recipes are vegetarian.) Less ambitious than either Elaine Corn's Now You're Cooking (LJ 10/15/94) or Lora Brody's The Kitchen Survival Guide (LJ 5/15/92), and with a more scattershot approach, this should nonetheless appeal to recent graduates and others cooking for themselves for the first time.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I received this book as a gift as I moved into my own apartment.
Lindsay
It's easy to use recipes, Mom Warnings, and guideance has encouraged me to cook, and even host Thanksgiving Dinner a few times.
Teresa A. Spencer
The instructions are simple and very easy to follow and the warnings and tips are quite helpful.
Chelsea Liddle

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Graham Campbell (GRCAMPBELL@Vassar.edu) on March 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
When I was reading the instructions on how to make a grilled cheese, this was a clear sign to me as to the effectiveness of a book like this. Simply put, I'm am the laziest college student ever, except for my housemate who eats hot dogs raw because the microwave is too tough. So, this book is wonderfully simple and fun to read. I'm not ashamed to use this cookbook and I can make meals that are fun and lead to more experimentation in the kitchen. Thanks Kevin and Mom.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
Kevin Mills and his Mom have put together a cookbook that is entertaining and useful. Although this cookbook is aimed at beginners, the recipes are creative and tasteful. This book gets beyond the ho-hu basic meals (ie chili, scrambled eggs, and hambergers) and moves onto more challengeing and palet pleasing recipes. Kevin's girlfriend is a vegetarian, and so he has included recipes that satisfy both of them. Recipes are rated from "Very Easy" to "Difficult". The sage wisdom displayed by Kevin's Mom is invaluable.

I recommend this book for any beginner, hesitant cook, or unique cookbook collector!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Read on December 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I first moved into my apartment in college, this book is one my Mom got for me. She bought it as a joke, but it was a good idea to get my confidence up in the kitchen.
Most of the recipes are fairly easy to do, although some can be a little more challenging. If you're looking to make something quick and don't want to slave over a stove all night, there are all kinds of great quick recipes in there.
However, one major complaint I have is that it seems like many recipes call for an unbelievable amount of oil if you follow the directions to the letter. In some cases, like pancakes, this isn't a problem. In other cases, though, it can really make things tricky, or just plain disgusting.
If you're just starting out in the kitchen, though, you can get a feel for some basics and build your confidence. Just keep your eyes open and you'll get a better feel of how to tweak these recipies for the better -- and before long you'll graduate to "regular" cookbooks.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christine Kenney on March 24, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There's 2 major challenges to us first-time kitchen owners: learning how to cook and unlearning all those unhealthy eating habits we've picked up.

Help! (learning to cook)

*difficulty scale: very easy, easy, not so easy

*preparation/cooking times: reasonably accurate

*mom tips: geared towards avoiding disasters or locating/selecting items in the grocery store

*recipes: 104

*nutrition info: none and can be heavy on the oil, mayo, and sour cream.

*msc: Kevin tries to stick a joke on every page. Most of them aren't funny, but they keep the tone upbeat.

Healthy College Cookbook (replacing unhealthy eating habits)

*no difficulty scale

*limited preparation/cooking time information: super-quick vs not

*mom tips: fewer tips/recipe and geared towards making recipes healthier and coping with expiration dates

*recipes: 187

*nutrition info: calories, fat, protein, carbs, and cholesterol for every recipe

*msc: servings are chintzier than in Help! go hungry or plan accordingly.

At first, I tried to subsist on The Healthy College Cookbook alone. However, I found the serving sizes too small to feel satisfied. I also wanted more comfort food options to get me through the transition to home cooking. I felt like I had transformed into a rabbit before my tastes had time to adjust. I reverted back to my plain pasta/greasy spoon restaurant routine until I purchased Help! I've stuck with Help! because it's easier to plan grocery shopping and menus when I know how long and difficult a recipe will be and realistically how many servings it will make. Also, nearly everything I make in Help! seems to call for garlic, onions, or canned tomatoes so shopping is more straightforward and perennially in season.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Liddle VINE VOICE on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Okay, I'll admit this book does have some _very_ basic recipes, but overall I love this cookbook and use it often. Unlike other "easy" cookbooks, the beauty of this one is that most ingredients are fresh (very little packaged/canned stuff). He doesn't assume that just because you are a beginner you should only cook from a box (yuck!). By calling out the fresh ingredients, you are actually LEARNING how to cook - what to add to make it taste a certain way, etc. - versus adding in packaged seasoning that teaches you nothing. Plus nearly everything I have made tastes great! The instructions are simple and very easy to follow and the warnings and tips are quite helpful. I also like that he provides options or substitutes if you don't like or have a certain ingredient (on some recipes). One the whole, the recipes are foolproof, easy, healthy, and tasty!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jake Krauss on February 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you're cooking just for yourself, you know how difficult it is to find recipes that won't leave you with enough leftovers to last a week. For me, that's the best thing about this cookbook. Most of the recipes in this book only serve a couple of people, but they can be easily doubled (or even tripled) if you have guests coming over. In that case, you might also use the menu suggestions in the back to find things that go well together and won't require you to have six hands to make all at once.

The recipes are all rated (very easy, easy, or not-so-easy) and have preparation and cooking time estimates so you can find one to fit your schedule. There's even an index in the front where they're sorted by difficulty. For vegetarians, there's a list in the back of all of the recipes that are vegetarian, though many more can be made that way by replacing the chicken, beef, or pork with tofu, seitan, or tempeh. I'm not vegetarian, but I actually prefer the chicken tikka when I use seitan instead.

The recipes also have enough flavor to be interesting without making you measure out fifteen spices and buy exotic ingredients that will go bad before you figure out what to do with the rest of the jar. Compared to a lot of cookbooks designed for singles and couples, this cookbook relies very little on pre-packaged ingredients. The few concessions it makes to convenience are for very basic things like frozen spinach (no more washing out sand ten times!), canned diced tomatoes (which are actually better in some recipes, as fresh ones break down and disappear), and pie crusts (since it's all about the filling anyway!).
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