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College Survival Cookbooks

You're away at college and missing those home cooked meals Mom made every evening. At first it was fun to order out for pizza every night, but now you're sick of pizza and your budget is suffering too! Living away from home doesn't mean you have to live on fast food and snacks from a vending machine. Microwave ovens are an affordable appliance for your dorm room or apartment.

With books like Microwave Cooking for One, you'll be eating satisfying healthy meals in no time! Check out the Recipes available at this site and you'll see how straight-forward and easy-to-follow they are. You'll be cooking as well as Mom in no time!

Presented below are some other titles available for college students who don't want to starve.

Look, Dude, I Can Cook!; Four Years of College Cooking Made Easy by Amy Madden — When Amy Madden's son, Mark, went off to college, he would frequently call her for recipes of the home-cooked meals he was missing while learning to live on his own. Amy's daughter Megan who was already a junior and knew her way around the kitchen also called often for cooking advice. Finally, Amy decided to write down her recipes for Mark and Megan, which gave her the idea to create a resource for helping every college student make fun and nutritious meals to get them through their first years away from home. Look, Dude, I Can Cook! is divided into four sections: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior. In progressive fashion, students can start with simple recipes and work their way toward fuss-free gourmet pleasers for everyday cooking and fun occasions alike. Look, Dude, I Can Cook! will provide students with the know-how and confidence to cook healthy and delicious meals, along with shortcuts and money-saving tips. Also included are lists of essential cooking utensils and pantry items, as well as a glossary of cooking terms. Perfect high school graduation gift!

The College Cookbook: An Alternative to the Meal Plan by Geri Harrington — Cooking expert Sonia Allison shows how to untap your microwave's other abilities and use it to its full advantage, giving you more flexibility and freedom (both in and out of the kitchen) than you ever thought possible! Now you can quickly and easily make tasty, healthy real food in your microwave. You no longer have to rely solely on fast food to fit into your busy lifestyle. This practical fast-food microwave cookbook, a guide to everything the microwave does best, includes such recipes as chicken amandine, Thai rice with lemon grass, Belgian beef in beer, hot cheese and carrot sauce, gingered honey cake, and mocha fondue. Using the tips and recipes in this book, you will not only grow to love microwave cookery — you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

The Complete Guide to Healthy Cooking and Nutrition for College Students: How Not to Gain 17 Pounds at College by J. Lucy Boyd — College students face a number of stigmas when they first leave home and start living on their own. From not having their parents nearby to help clean and answer questions to being responsible for their own cooking and cleaning, the move from High School to College can be a bit of shellshock for many teenagers. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their eating habits, where many college students experience a great deal of downward digression. A 2009 study, published in the Nutrition Journal, found that one in four freshman gain at least 5 percent of their body weight, an average of about 10 pounds, during their first semester. All of this can be avoided though with healthy cooking and an eye for good choices. This book was written to provide every college student just learning to cook for themselves with viable, affordable alternatives to pizza and ramen. Every college student will learn the basics of what it is they need to be focusing on in their diets after leaving home. Starting with a basic discussion and introduction of nutrition and what the body needs on a daily basis, you will learn additionally which foods and nutrients are best for improving your mental acuity as well as your sleep each night. You will learn the importance of fluids and proper nightly sleep to supplement your diet and will be given a list of different ailments and problems that might develop should these issues be ignored or overlooked. Health professionals and college life experts have been interviewed and have provided their insight into what foods and lifestyle changes can be made for college students to keep them as healthy as possible. You will learn the basics of the right ingredients, what you should always avoid and why the occasional meal out will not kill you. You will learn how to avoid gaining all that extra weight and finally some of the top recipes currently available for quick, healthy cooking and how you can use these, regardless of whether you are stuck in a dorm room or your parents basement. The key to healthy living for college students is in a good diet, and this book will provide everything you need to maintain that.

The Everything College Cookbook: 300 Hassle-Free Recipes For Students On The Go by Rhonda Lauret Parkinson — Whether you're cooking for one or multitudes with a hot plate, studio stove, or microwave, you'll find everything you need to create fantastic meals that won't take tons of your time.

Packed with ideas for tasty snacks, easy-to-make lunches and dinners, and delicious desserts, The Everything College Cookbook will help you eat smart, from the proverbial good breakfast to midnight munchies-but that's not nearly all. You'll also learn how to prepare:

  • Microwaveable meals, such as Easy Onion Soup au Gratin for One & Baked Potatoes
  • Stress-free dinners, such as Simple Beef Stir-Fry and Gourmet Chili
  • Easy-to-pack treats, such as Homemade Trail Mix and Low-Cal Blueberry Smoothies
  • Luggable lunches, such as Greek Salad Pita Pockets & Asian Lettuce Wrap Sandwiches
  • Vegetarian alternatives, such as Roasted Pepper Medley and Steamed Jasmine Rice
  • Delectable desserts, such as Lemon Cranberry Sorbet and Easy Apple Crisp

With tons of convenient recipes to suit your every need and mood, The Everything College Cookbook is the one book you'll want to crack open every day of the week!

College Cuisine by Leila Peltosaari — was written when the author's son was heading off to college. It features over 150 recipes that are nutritious yet easy and inexpensive to prepare. There are recipes that are suitable for one person and also those perfect for occasions when students get together. Equipment, cooking terms, imperial and metric measurements. Shopping and cleaning tips, safety rules, fixing mistakes. Perishables (shelf life, recipes), basics (eggs, beans, pasta, potatoes, rice), minute meals, midnight snacks, microwave miracles, soups, salads & dressings, crowd pleasers, meat, chicken, fish, vegetarian, baking (breads, muffins, cakes, cookies), sweet stuff, beverages, smoothies.

The Starving Students' Cookbook by Dede Hall — Since 1983, college students have turned to this book for delicious, cheap, nutritious, and easy recipes. Now completely updated for the college student or reluctant cook of the '90s, this book offers even more mouthwatering dishes and a wide variety of vegetarian offerings. The recipes are explicitly described, complete with illustrations, cooking tips, and nutritional and health information.

Tray Gourmet: Be Your Own Chef in the College Cafeteria by Larry Berger, Lynn Harris (contributor) — Yale grads teach you how to beat the system and create fun and healthy meals using standard cafeteria-line fare, salad bar basics, condiments and the ubiquitous microwave oven. Ingredients are cleverly measured by teaspoons, soup spoons, handfuls, cups, glasses, bowls or pats. The book is also spiced with academic humor.

Cooking for College Students: A Beginner's Guide by Patrick C Arenson — is the book that no college student should leave home without! With over 125 simple and delicious recipes, this book was written to help busy college students make amazing, budget friendly meals. So whether you are buying groceries, learning to use a knife or even hosting your very first dinner party, Cooking for College Students offers everything you will ever need as a beginning chef and will walk you through the entire cooking process, one step at a time. From the author: "As a food lover and college student myself, I wrote this book to teach my friends everything I knew about cooking, and I happy to pass that help along to you." This book was written to make college life easier and more affordable, and it features tips and techniques that will be able to use for the rest of your life!

The Absolute Beginner's Cookbook: Or, How Long Do I Cook a 3-Minute Egg? by Jackie Eddy and Eleanor Clark — Do you have difficulty finding your way around the kitchen? Do your friends order take-out when you announce you're going to cook? Never fear. This cookbook was created just for you! Designed for the absolute beginner, this fun and friendly tour of the kitchen makes easy cooking even easier. In the beginning, you'll learn to boil an egg, and from there, you'll graduate to making simple but delicious meals, step-by-step — everything from breads, salads, and main dishes to cookies, cakes, and yummy desserts. With fun B&W illustrations throughout, tasty meals such as One Step Lasagna, Busy Day Ham Wellington, and Overnight Crab Casserole are a snap to make — and will even impress family and friends. Transform culinary tragedies into triumphs with this helpful guide.

The Kitchenless Cookbook by Suanne Beverly — If you love to eat but don't like to cook, this book is for you. Kitchen tested by teenagers, college students and young professionals, this collection of easy recipes will make cooking easier than ordering pizza. Perfect for college students or individuals with small kitchens. A follow-up to the popular Savoring the Southwest, the Roswell Symphony tunes up for another round of mouth watering recipes and exquisite artwork. Be sure to check out the regional interest section and of course, the UFO section.

The $5 a Meal College Cookbook: Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat by B. E. Horton and Rhonda Lauret Parkinson — Say goodbye to the dining hall! Need a break from the monotony of your meal plan? Can't afford to waste money on lukewarm takeout? Well, now you can ditch the dining hall's soggy excuse for the Monday-night special thanks to this appetite-saving book packed with cheap, easy, and delicious recipes. Offering up more than 300 hassle-free dishes, this cookbook will not only satisfy your hunger but your meager bank account, too! Whether you need a morning-after greasy breakfast, a cram-session snack, or date-night entree, here you'll find ideas for everything you crave, including: Western Omelet, Asian Lettuce Wraps, Easy Eggplant Parmesan, Simple Pepper Steak and Decadent Apple Crisp. Saving you from overcooked, overpriced, and dull dishes, if you have to buy a book for college, this is required reading.

College Cooks: Simple ingredients, easy recipes, good tasting food by T.C. Stephan — This cookbook was beautifully produced and light-heartedly written. It explains how six college cooks/roommates have been able to shop, prep and cook for themselves while at school. The book includes over 85 recipes as well as info on food safety/storage, setting up a kitchen, what to include on your shopping list, etc. Recipes are simple and delicious, but not plain. They are easy to make, but advanced enought to make cooking and serving them fun — and eating them a treat. There's everything from breakfast ideas, to sandwiches, to side dishes and salads, to soups to main entrees (incuding Pastas, Roasts, and Burgers), to dessert.There are also salad dressings, sauces, dips and spreads. You'll find recipes for Breafkast Burritos, Blueberry and Banana Pancakes, Smoothies, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Tailgate Sausage Sandwiches, Caesar Salad, Chinese Chicken Salad, Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Game Day Chili, Vegetarian Lasagna, Spicy Shrimp Pasta with Tomatoes and Garlic, Asian Stir-Fry Bowl, Tilapia Grill, Southwestern Steak Tacos, Ahi Sliders, Korean Pork Tenderloin, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ice Cream Pie, Apple Betty, and more. Included are 10 ideas for ways to use a roasted chicken. Symbols let you know which recipes are the most simple to make, budget friendly, or healthy, which ones are vegetarian, and which are good as leftovers. The book also includes some sample menus to inspire your own creativity. Even if you're out of school or know how to cook, you'll find recipes you'll like here.

Student's Vegetarian Cookbook: Quick, Easy, Cheap, and Tasty Vegetarian Recipes by Carole Raymond — Eat Your Vegetables! Some people are vegetarians because they think a meat-free diet is good for you. Some believe it's good for the planet. Others just want tasty food; they want it cheap, they want it easy, and they want it now. Whatever your reasons, check out this book's 135 great-tasting vegetarian recipes, including: • Gingered Chinese Greens Stir-Fry • Banana Bread • Moroccan Stew • Beer and Aztec Rice • Chipotle-Black Bean Chili • Curry in a Hurry • Roasted Vegetable Rush • Miso-Happy Soup •Yogurt Fruit Shake • French Toast 2000 • Pita Pizza Crust • Cremini Mushroom Burger • Broiled Zucchini Parmesan • Rice Pudding Cereal • Coffee Brazil • Chapati with Confetti Salad • And much, much more! So stop scrounging around for something to eat. With this book, you can put a great-tasting meal together in little or no time.

I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook: 150 Cheap and Easy Gourmet Recipes by Andrea Lynn — Tired of fast food and frozen pizza? Hate the crap from the dining hall? Have only a microwave in you dorm room? No problem. You can still make awesome meals!

Even if you've never cooked before, this book shows how quick and easy it is to turn Trader Joe's tasty and affordable groceries into delicious dishes: • Pulled Pork Sandwiches, • Fish Tacos, • Sweet Chili Wings, • Homemade Pizza, • Chicken Masala, • Pad Thai, • Eggplant Lasagna, • Raspberry Brownies, • Greek Pasta Salad, • Tortilla Soup, • Caramel Popcorn. These recipes are super easy to make, and you don't need a bunch of pots and pans. Best of all, since every ingredient in every recipe is available at Trader Joe's, you can get all your shopping done with one quick stop.


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