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Subject: Suggestions for College Student Cookbook
Date Posted: 2/1/2009 7:52 PM ET
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Any recommendations for a cookbook for a college student with no cooking experience?  My niece will be living in her first apartment in the fall.  I started out 30 years ago with a Betty Crocker picture cookbook and Joy of Cooking.  Didn't quite serve my needs at the time.  But I was glad of the basic directions of how to hardboil eggs.  Wish for her to be better armed. The needs will be for very low cost foods, very quick or able to ignore, and total dummy directions.  I've heard that her cooking experience is brownies and pizza bagels.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 11:52 PM ET
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I really like this one since it uses so little ingredients:

The Ultimate Cooking With 4 Ingredients
Author: Jean Coates
ISBN-13: 9781931294362 - ISBN-10: 1931294364

Date Posted: 2/2/2009 2:58 PM ET
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This one is good: The Starving Student's Cookbook .  I have the old 1984 edition with the cartoon people on the cover, and I haven't seen the newer editions, but the older version got me through my first few years of college and living on my own pretty well.  Looks like all versions are WLed here, but you might be able to find a copy somewhere else.

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 12:42 PM ET
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The campbell's soup cookbooks are great. They all use very basic ingredients and then a can of soup. For example rice, chicken, salt & pepper and then cream of chicken soup. Very basic, very easy, very inexpensive.

Date Posted: 2/10/2009 8:26 PM ET
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Where's Mom Now That I Need Her


Where's Dad Now That I Need Him

are really great books to give young people going out on their own for the first time. It not only has lots of simple & easy recipes, it also gives lots of practical advise on many household activities and simple budgeting skills.

I work with teens, and I try to make sure I have copies of these books on hand to give them when they get their first apartments.

Date Posted: 2/16/2009 3:33 PM ET
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Here are a few options that were well recieved on amazon.com

The Healthy College Student's Cookbook

Where's Mom Now That I Need Her?: Surviving Away from Home

The Starving Students' Cookbook by Dede Hall


Another idea if you have some time, is to gather up simple recipes that  you, other family members and friends might have and putting them all into a mini cookbook for her. I have done that with some recipes and its a nice way to start someone off with fooods that are familiar and comforting to them, especially when away from home for the first time.

Subject: college student cookbook
Date Posted: 3/17/2009 4:13 PM ET
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101 things to do with ramen noodles by toni patrick

also published

101 things to do with mac n cheese

Last Edited on: 3/17/09 4:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/5/2009 1:02 PM ET
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Man...I know the best cookbook EVER!! But I can't remember the name! It even taught my not-yet-husband how to make a tuna fish sandwich. It also discussed whether ketchup needs to go in the fridge or not. It was FAB! However, we gave it to his little brother when he left home and haven't seen it since. I have to admit, I have thought of searching his bookcase and "borrowing" it back. He's married now and probably never even used it when we gave it to him. I've been trying to remember the title for years so I could get another copy!

Subject: Doubleday Cookbook
Date Posted: 5/5/2009 4:45 PM ET
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Best of the best of my over 1,000 cookbooks. I feel privileged to have found it when I was a novice cook. I learned much of my cooking technique and judgment from this book, have given it as a gift many times, still hear from brides who learned to cook using it and couldn't do without it.  I've found the best of the best  elegant 'old' recipes such as Lobster Newburg, and lots of less-elegant but just as delicious recipes for old favorites (mac and cheese, salmon loaf) that still are our favorites.

Doubleday Cookbook serves the novice as well as for the experienced cook, and includes far more than just recipes. A great foundational book.