This handy little book was a gift my daughter received for Christmas. She’s planning to head off to the big world of college living in the fall and her brother decided she needed a head start, apparently.
I finally got a chance to look through the book this weekend and I’m telling you, it’s a fun, educational book. I wish I’d had a copy back in 1985. Might have made dorm living a little more …. Well, just a little more.
The recipes are short, require some basic and easy to find ingredients. The idea seems to be “feed college students meals that remind them of home without straining their budget”. The recipe for Cheap Roast only requires 3 ingredients and a length of aluminum foil. This recipe can be found on page 102 of the book and here. You can’t get much simpler than that.
The hints and tips sprinkled throughout the book are also good-to-know information. Reheating Macaroni, Rice, or Pasta on page 146 is something even home cooks can learn from. I’ve met a few new on-their-own-homemakers who would toss leftover pasta since they didn’t know what to do with it. Tips like the Handy Hint on page 94 “Don’t dump grease from cooked meat down the drain! ~Drain grease into old can and discard when solidified.” I’m sure the dorm maintenance crew will applaud that bit of sage advice!
The author does understand college students, that much is evident. She realizes that coffee is one of the things that makes universities the world over keep functioning. Viennese Coffee on page 183, instructs readers on how to manage to survive a late night study session for the cost of a single coffee shop beverage. The recipe provides a whole pot of steaming cinnamon coffee, perfect for sharing with roommates.
Another nice feature I found: each recipe has a pictorial guide for equipment required. The Viennese Coffee recipe has a coffeemaker. The Angel Pasta with Olive Oil & Garlic shows a picture of a sauce pan and skillet. In the space conscious world of dorm and apartment living, students can decide on recipe choices based on the kitchen supplies they have on hand.
I recommend this cookbook to college students, newlyweds, fresh out-on-your-owns, and everybody who’s learning to cook or looking for some simple, convenient recipes! You can click the link below to purchase your very own copy!