the cook(book)ing school: cookbooks for college

Some of you  may have students leaving for college either as a freshmen or as a

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returning upperclassmen.  I recently overheard the interns in my office talking about how hard it is to learn to cook in college.  For those who live on campus, I guess this probably isn’t an issue for many reasons: 1) most college students are on the university food plan and 2) you usually can’t have appliances in your dorm room.  But, for those students who either live off campus all year round or just for the summer, an alternative to eating pizza or ramen noodles would probably come in handy right!  So, here is a quick list of cookbooks I found on Amazon.com for college students. Please share them with any college student you know!

The Healthy College Cookbook

http://www.amazon.com/The-Healthy-College-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B003PGQK6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370276547&sr=8-1&keywords=college+cookbook

The $5 a meal college cookbook
http://www.amazon.com/Meal-College-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B004J35JIC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1370276547&sr=8-3&keywords=college+cookbook

College Cooking: Feed yourself and your friends

http://www.amazon.com/College-Cooking-Yourself-Friends-ebook/dp/B004GTLKEQ/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1370276547&sr=8-7&keywords=college+cookbook

The Everything Healthy College Cookbook

http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Healthy-Cookbook-Everything%C2%AE-ebook/dp/B005KWMS8U/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1370276547&sr=8-9&keywords=college+cookbook

The ultimate student cookbook

http://www.amazon.com/The-Ultimate-Student-Cookbook-Chicken/dp/B007SRZ134/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1370276547&sr=8-10&keywords=college+cookbook

Cooking for College Students: A Beginner’s Guide

http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-College-Students-Beginners-Guide/dp/1450575145/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1370276547&sr=8-16&keywords=college+cookbook

I (heart) Trader Joe’s College Cookbook

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Trader-College-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B00505UP8M/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1370276547&sr=8-5&keywords=college+cookbook

College Vegetarian Cooking

http://www.amazon.com/College-Vegetarian-Cooking-ebook/dp/B004GTLFUK/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1370276895&sr=8-17&keywords=college+cookbook

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the cook(book)ing school: an introduction to paleo

Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get StartedPaleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started by John Chatham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first introduction to learning about the Paleo lifestyle. It’s a quick guide, not a lot of photos but chock full of basic information.

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the cook(book)ing school: learning how to cook more than gumbo

Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic RimBeyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food from the Atlantic Rim by Jessica B. Harris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found another great pick from the library. I am absolutely infatuated with the state of Louisiana, the mystic of the Cajun and Creole culture, and of course the food. We all know about gumbo and jambalaya, but this cookbook, Beyond Gumbo, teaches us about all of the facets of this culture, beyond what we usually hear and learn about on the surface. I do plan to add this to my collection.

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the cook(book)ing school: summer is coming! let’s try some caribbean cuisine!

Modern Caribbean CuisineModern Caribbean Cuisine by Wendy Rahamut

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m all about learning about different cultures through ethnic cooking. I absolutely love this cookbook, Modern Caribbean Cuisine. It’s colorful with lots of great recipes. I will definitely be adding this book to my collection.

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the cook(book)ing school: an environmentally aware cookbook

The Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes and Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon LifestyleThe Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes and Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon Lifestyle by Jackie Newgent

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you are concerned about the environment (as we all should be) and you want to reflect this in your cooking, then this is the cookbook for you.

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the cook(book)ing school: yes it’s a diet book (with recipes): the overnight diet

the overnight diet by dr. caroline apovian

the overnight diet by dr. caroline apovian

By fate, I just happened to be sitting at home on Friday, May 3, watching one of my favorite shows, Dr. Oz (I’m normally at work when he’s on).  Dr. Oz featured Dr. Caroline Apovian, the creator of The Overnight Diet, http://www.overnightdiet.org/ and I was hooked. And I know it sounds too good to be true and I was skeptical, but really, the diet is just real food and exercise with lots of science behind it. I like that at the beginning of the book, Dr. Apovian says, “I’m not a cardiologist, or a family physician, or an emergency room doctor who dabbles in weight management on the side. I’m an obesity medicine physician, which means I specialize in weight loss”. I love this statement because she keeps it real with you and this is her life’s work and it tells me it’s not just a fad.  And I’m normally not a fan of e-books (I love real books), but I will tell you, I have never downloaded a book so quickly, than I did The Overnight Diet because I’m determined! (by the way, it’s only $10.55 on Amazon Kindle – and I don’t own a Kindle but I use their Kindle Cloud Reader online – it comes in handy!)

 

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the cook(book)ing school: my urbanspoon reviews – 9 Tables

So periodically, I like to review local restaurants on http://www.urbanspoon.com

Here is my latest review of 9 Tables, a unique restaurant in Athens, Ohio

I love, love, love this restaurant! It’s perfect for a mid size group or for an

 

Profiling with the Chef Bill of 9 Tables

Profiling with the Chef Bill of 9 Tables

intimate dinner with a date or small group of friends who need time to catch up with one another!  It’s a very unique experience, no rush to get up and make room for new patrons because, guess what? You are the only patrons for the evening. And the food is super fresh, literally, local farms are dropping off food every morning! I had the salad with goat cheese, Filet Mignon, and the creamiest cheesecake this side of a cow! I’m normally not a cheesecake fan, but this was absolutely the best cheesecake I have ever tasted. And the staff, Chef Bill, wife, and mother-in-law, are all very hospitable. Not to mention the artwork and the jazz theme! I can’t say enough about this place.  Thank you for a fabulous dinner. 9 Tables definitely needs to be featured on Food Network, CNN, and The Cooking Channel! Where’s Anthony Bourdain when you need him? If you are ever in Athens, anyone, make sure you give 9 Tables a call before your trip and reserve your space. It will be worth it.

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