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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406308188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406308181
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "A cracking book by a great young lad - get the teenagers cooking!" Jamie Oliver on Cooking up a Storm" --Jamie Oliver

His latest book Sam Stern s Student Cookbook is a little gem which should not be reserved for students alone the first few pages are full of thrifty tips and brilliant nutritional advice. Keeping fit is a great motivation. If you re into sport, training, or just want to feel good about the way you look, cooking s key to sorting energy and performance. Tailor your menu to your physical needs and you can trust that what you re eating is fit for purpose e.g. carbs for energy (eat pasta), protein for muscle (get pork or tofu). Same goes for exams, work etc. Eating the right stuff (iron, protein, omega 3s, and vitamins) gives you the focus you need but hey, do it in style with some great home-cooked tastes and maximise the pleasure. There are lots of savvy and smart shopping tips, advice on planning ahead, a basic store cupboard, how to source free food, energy and cash saving ideas, making the most of your food and basic techniques. The first few pages are worth the price of the book alone. But there are over 200 cracking recipes which are categorised into: £ Skint/ saving, ££ Average, £££ Flush / celebration. Veggie options and fast to cook are also highlighted. A little gem, not only as a present for young people but for all the rest of us as well. DARINA ALLEN S BALLYMALOE NEWSLETTER --Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Newsletter

The food here is, for the most part, healthy without being worthy. It doesn t seem like the usual student food of strange combinations, dishes of 3 ingredients one of which will be either chocolate or Marmite. This is sensible stuff that anyone would enjoy eating - snacks, soups, pasta, puddings, as well as veggies, meat and fish. Each recipe is marked with a price symbol. A single £ sign indicates skint/saving and £££ is for the day your aunty sends you a bit of birthday money. Other markers let you know if the dish is suitable for vegetarians, how many it feeds, and if it s fast to cook. It s an easy way to find suitable choices at a glance. Sam s cookbook will have young people cooking for themselves but also for friends and family. There are smart dishes as well as quick and casual meals. This is all about surviving in style on a budget. Cooking should be fun so buy this book and eat some lovely food. Great value for money. MOSTLY FOOD JOURNAL --Mostly Food Journal

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Celebrity cook Sam Stern returns with his fourth cookbook, reaching out to an older audience.

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On the one hand I applaud anyone who tries to communicate - against the huge commercial tide of the food manufacturing giants - that cooking from scratch is generally cheaper, healthier, tastier and more enjoyable than buying processed food, ready-meals and takeaways. So I was pre-disposed to like this book. (Bought for my son when he went to uni).

On the other hand, when read objectively, without my rose-tinted foodie-specs on, I actually found the book fairly unhelpful for the audience at which it is supposedly aimed. If you're a parent thinking of buying this, I'd urge you to take a close look at it `in the flesh' before you purchase - and to be honest with yourself about how many of the dishes your teenager is really likely to try when they're away from home for the first time, living on a meagre budget, cooking in a small ill-equipped kitchen that they share with 4/5/6/7 other students, with one oven, one fridge, one hob, and limited prep/storage space... it's a lovely fantasy that they will all bond and decide to pool resources and share ingredients / the cooking, but what are the realistic chances of that happening? Slim, I reckon.

In the preface to the `Store Cupboard' ingredient list, Sam rather patronisingly comments that you shouldn't "rush out and get it in one" (as if any student would do that, the complete list would cost a couple of hundred pounds if not more!). His list makes no distinction between `must-have basics' and `as you need them/can afford them'. He directs readers to "Use it as a checklist before you go shopping" but again, that's a pointless instruction - an average student's shopping list is based on what they're planning to eat for the next one/two/three days, not on a long wish-list of theoretically desirable ingredients.
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I went to uni with "How to Boil an Egg", a hand-me-down from my older brother. I, like my older brother, used this book for 5 minutes and then ate pasta, tinned tuna and pesto for the remainder of my degree only really discovering the 'oven' after graduation.

My older brother and I have just bought this book for our younger brother who is off to uni in October. I like Sam's easy writing style especially when applied to more testing recipes. This book's legend is particularly useful not only stating how many each recipe feeds (from 1 to 12) and whether or not it's vegetarian but going that step further telling you how quick each recipe is to make and most importantly an approximate gauge of how expensive the recipe is (skint/average/flush).

With any luck our brother will leave uni healthy, knowing how to cook properly and without a mountain of debt!
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This is a brilliant new book. I have the other books in the series by Sam Stern which are all good. But this is by far the best one. The recipes are simple and tasty but also offer something for the more accomplished cook. The lay out is great, clearly stating the preparation times, number of people and difficulty etc. Great pictures and the perfect size to fit in any students bag on the way back to University. More than that any kitchen should have it. A definite must.
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This sam stern book has been so helpful to me it has step to step instructions of what to do and when !! I would recommend this to anyone whether an experienced cook or a beginner it is a vital read and had givedn me so much inspiration !x
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This has some fantastic new cooking ideas for me, and I really enjoy reading it. Thanks Sam, and keep up the good work!
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Although I am no longer a student, I heartily recommend it to would-be cooks of all ages. I have a toddler and we have enjoyed making several of the recipes together, especially the cinnamon jam buns. The idea of cooking on a budget should appeal to families and students alike. A great book.
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Well produced and presented - can't help feeling that I agree with another reviewer - it completely misses the point. Students need to spend less time in the shops buying lemon grass or making homemade pesto and get to some lectures, or the pub. Not a day-to-day student cookbook.
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There are some good recipes but I don't think it's particularly suitable for students as a lot of the recipes call for the use of a food processor. How many students pack one of those in their suitcases when they move into Halls?
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