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Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen Cookbook: 100 + Great Recipes with Foolproof Instructions Paperback – May 15, 2006
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I recommend this book for any beginner, hesitant cook, or unique cookbook collector!
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.
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!).Read more ›
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
*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
*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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's meh. I didn't even bother to cook anything from this, since it was intended as a gift and I'm too far advanced for this book's ultra simple recipes. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Yasue
Help my Apartment has a Kitchen cookbook
Great cookbook for one whose always relied on their mother to make dinner and now they have moved out of the house and are on their... Read more
I bought the original version of this book almost two decades ago when I was cooking on my own for the first time. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rock Band Fan
Bought this for my grandson who's away at college and never learned to cook. He was so happy with it. He called me and was reading his favorite recipes to me over the phone. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nancy L. Wall
This is a very helpful book to get for someone who doesn't or hasn't done a lot of cooking.Published 17 months ago by animalluvr
For newbee cooks or someone who wants to cook for 1 or 2 this cookbook is detailed, clear and specific. Really enjoy the tips from Mom. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Purplegreentigerlily