If you're a student living on your own for the first time, strapped for both time and cash, how do you go about feeding yourself a decent meal? Here is a whole cookbook dedicated to answering that very question! The Really Hungry Student Cookbook has page after page of meal ideas, all of which can be made with a minimally-stocked kitchen, a few bucks, and the willingness to take a study break to make yourself some good food.
• Who published it: Ryland, Peters & Small
• Recipes for right now: Honey & Banana Porridge, Chipotle Chicken & Rajas Tacos, Ravioli Bake with Grilled Sweet Peppers, Saag Paneer, Barley Risotto with Carrots, Fiery Beef Skewers with Satay Sauce, Paprika Smoky Bacon Popcorn
• Other highlights: I feel that the best place to start cooking is not with learning to mince onions or fillet a fish, but just with everyday recipes that look good to you. This is obviously a sentiment shared by the authors behind The Really Hungry Student Cookbook. The pages are filled with the kinds of recipes we want to eat — some as simple as scrambled eggs and a few more challenging things like casseroles and fried falafel. None of them are so fussy that it will matter if your onions are all chopped to the same size or you forgot the lemon.
I also love that this cookbook really covers a whole range of recipes, from basic comfort foods like pizza and spaghetti to fajitas, Indian curries, spicy shrimp skewers, and moussaka. There's a big emphasis on veggies — lots of full-on vegetarian dishes as well as recipes where meat is just part of the ensemble cast.
A few solid recipes and you're on your way in the kitchen. I think this cookbook will give you those and then some.
• Who would enjoy this book? Students!
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Really Hungry Student Cookbook
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