The Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry and the Broke – Review and Giveaway

Just in time for College and University Back To School, or anyone living on their own, with very basic cooking skills, is The Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry and the Broke published by Ryland, Peters & Small, distributed by Thomas Allen & Son

About the Book

“You might think you’re all set for dinner if there’s a burrito or a pizza in the freezer, but sometimes you crave a real meal – just like you’d get back home – even if you’re not majoring in culinary arts.

Even if you’re no Gordon Ramsay or Rachel Ray, don’t worry; there is hope for you yet.  The Student Cookbook will get you through your studies and become more valuable to you than any textbook. You won’t need lots of kitchen gadgets, hours in front of the stove, or an additional loan to make these recipes – they re all easy and cheap, and will fill you up, warm the soul, soothe the body and fuel the mind”.

The ton of recipes piled in this 240 page cookbook are the bomb!

My Thoughts

I wanted to be a cool Mom, writing in a style like the kids talk these days, (or at least my son…who is in college and of course daughter “locavore learner” in university) without too much disrespect to the english language and the authors of this amazing book.  So here is my report, without sounding too lame…  The Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry and the Broke, is Sick! I mean “sick” like the kids say.  The selection of recipes they put together in this little book is dope.  Everything ya need to feed yourself when you are on your own, without going to the junk-food or K.D isle.  All the dishes are so easy to do and they use simple stuff you can find in the store. There are recipes for the easiest things, like Cheese on Toast, (who knew you needed a recipe for that, but you do), Cinnamon Toast, so yumm-mie and the classic Scrambled Eggs, all good breakfast standbys for last-minute dashes through the kitchen on the way out the door; to impressive stuff like Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, and Thai Green Chicken Curry, or Penne with Broccoli and Pine Nut Pesto. Yikes!  There’s even Muffin Mania where you can make a whole bunch of different muffins with one recipe and a lot of other ingredients, and three different Chocolate Brownie brownie recipes, like who doesn’t want to cram a plate of brownies while ya cram? (Ha, pun intended…  Next thing you know, you’re askin’ the group home to chill for some good grub and a study session. Delish! Watch out though; cause Mom and Dad might just show up, like random, some night for dinner now that you have all this awesome food, dude.

Ryland Peters & Small staff deserve props for creating this awesome book, and I am sure they hope you have as much fun reading it as I, man.

Book Highlight

Wow, there are so many cool things to make that I couldn’t pick just one, so here goes…


This is a filling and spicy meal – good for throwing together in super-quick time.  Keep plenty of serviettes handy!

  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 tsp sunflower or olive oil
  • 2 large mushrooms sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 tsp Cajun spice mix or Tex-mex mix
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 14 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 of a lime, juiced
  • 4 soft tortillas, your choice white or whole-wheat
  • 4 Tblsp sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Salt and Pepper

Fry the onion and bell peppers in the oil for 3 minutes in a nonstick skillet.  Add the mushrooms, garlic and 2 tsp spice mix and stir-fry for 1 minute.  Mix in the tomatoes, cover the skillet and cook for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, roughly mash the beans together with the remaining spice mix, the lime juice and seasoning to taste.

Spread each tortilla with 1 Tablespoon of the sour cream.  Spoon on a quarter of the mashed beans and a quarter of the vegetable mixture.  Top with shredded lettuce and roll up to serve.

Contest Details

Hey if you want to win this book for yourself or your student, leave your blurb on my blog!  When you got the munchies, what do You go for?

Sweet! You can get your own The Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry and the Broke on-line or at the book store.  Check it out : #mce_temp_url#

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1 Response to The Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry and the Broke – Review and Giveaway

  1. Bärbel says:

    Hello Lady Locavore,
    I think the book sounds great … three brownie recipes, sweet indeed! My son is in high school and likes to cook. When we’ve got the munchies we go for popcorn and chocolate.


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