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Young and Hungry: More Than 100 Recipes for Cooking Fresh and Affordable Food for Everyone Paperback – Bargain Price, April 13, 2005
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His food isn't generally the type that you spend all day slaving in the kitchen to prepare, so if you really enjoy the challenge of an elaborate, complicated recipe (which can be fun and gratifying in its own way), you won't find much of that here. From beet salads with goat cheese to fried fish and quick beverages, he focuses on food that befits his experience and background (he grew up cooking in his family's kosher kitchen and he went on cook economical, but gourmet, meals while at college). Most of the recipes would fit a standard American budget - and not one based on caivar and champagne, although there are some exceptions.
By the way, if you need a good gift for the college grad, forget the pen and pencil sets, the briefcases, watches and other typical grad gifts for someone starting out in life. GIve them this instead and they'll REALLY impress visitors, clients and guests!
What was perhaps the best section of the book for me was the beginning portions that discussed the different terms, tools, ingredients and other ground rules for cooking that often go over-looked in more sophisticated cookbooks.
I would recommend this book for a person who doesn't necessarily want to jump headfirst into a cooking adventure (that often requires an investment in cookware, ingredients, etc.), who mainly is looking for fun and easy home cooking. Perfect for a college student or young professional, this book speaks in a common vernacular that will ensure the cook knows s/he is following the instructions correctly.
(For instance, nothing is more frustrating for me than a cookbook/recipe that uses industry or learned-cook terms and does not explain what I should be doing in language a layperson could understand. Instead of saying something like "whip until stiff peaks form" or "mince cloved garlic" and leaving it at that, Lieberman would say "whip until stiff peaks form, which means..." - definitely a good thing for the unsure/novice chef.)
Written as if he's speaking the words on his TV show, this book is easy to understand, contains recipes that are both delicious and easy to complete, and is unpretentious about an activity that can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the terrain. Great for gift-giving or personal shelves alike.
None of the recipes in Dave's first book are impossible for the entry-level cook, and he does a good job of explaining cooking basics (what tools are a must-have and what to keep a running stock of in the pantry) and then delving into easy-to-make recipes that won't cost a fortune to make.
While some of the fare is a bit college student-esque, most of the things I've made from this book are actually pretty good crowd-pleasers. The fact that Dave takes a Nigella Lawson approach to his book and its recipes - he has a very 'talky' style that makes it seem as though he's sharing his recipes with friends - makes it all the more laid back and refreshing.
Can't wait to see what his next book, due in October, does to expand his love of fresh ingredients and great flavors while at the same time keeping things relatively simple and affordable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a gift for a teen off to college. I hope she liked it, the recipes looked healthy and simple. It was highly recommended to me.Published 17 months ago by Murph
Great book at a great price! Good simple recipes for anyone of any age. I would recommend mostly for a collee grad or newly married couple but I am neither of those an loved it! Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Amanda
Every recipe we've made has come out great! This book is geared at people who might not have all the fancy utensils, a big kitchen, or money/desire to buy unusual or expensive... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by C.E.
This is a great cookbook. Thank you Dave! I have found quite a few recipes here that I am interested in making. So far I have tried the Penne in Pink Vodka Sauce. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Jack M. Cruz
Expected to get the recipes from the show, but these are different recipes. Book is OK.Published on October 31, 2010 by Amazon Customer
His recipes are basically amazing. We own 50 plus cookbooks and in the last two years have cooked from his two 90 percent of the time or more. Read morePublished on April 12, 2010 by Rae J
I first came into contact with this book at a friends house. She prepared a dip, salad, and main course all from this book, and all three were outstanding. Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by Seth
This was Dave's initial cookbook. I have enjoyed watching him on FoodNetwork and also his second cookbook, so I wanted to have his first book in my collection. Read morePublished on May 8, 2009 by Amazon Customer