I'm not a student but I wanted a cookbook with meals that were quick and easy to make with non-fancy, everyday ingredients, without being too bog-standard (e.g. beans on toast). I got stuck in a rut making the same few meals over and over again, even though I had several cookbooks with hundreds of recipes in them. There's always that one technique or that one ingredient that holds me back. Or the recipes are too time consuming.
Somehow I found this book and it is perfect!
The Nosh student cookbook concept: meals that can be made quickly, cheaply, and easily and with very little equipment and a few common ingredients but ones which give the meal a lot of flavour (to make up for the fast cooking time, which can cause food to be bland).
What makes this different from other student cookbooks? Well, I've looked at many and they're either the sort that just give you recipes like beans on toast and tuna and mayonnaise sandwiches or they're the sort that calls for a splash of madeira or a pinch of pink tibetan salt or something equally unlikely to be found in a student kitchen. This book sticks to the basics but is never bland or boring. It strikes a pefect balance between quick but healthy, easy but tasty; a recipe might call for tinned instead of fresh tomatos, for example, but there'll also be plenty of fresh ingredients. The recipes also make repeated use of many common store cupboard ingredients so you can build up a useful but small stock of items that you will keep using, not buy lots of things once for one recipe and find you don't use it for anything else.
Another big plus for this book is that every recipe comes with a photo so you can see what you're aiming for and the ones I've cooked have all come out looking like they should. This is very helpful.
The information included in the book about how to cook, kitchen management, etc. is superb. It's clear and reassuring. It's warm, friendly advice without being embarrassingly 'in wiv da kids' like some student books are.
So far I've bought Nosh For Students, Nosh for Students 2
, Vegetarian Nosh for Students
, Nosh for Busy Mums and Dads
(I'm not a parent but hey, I'm not a student either!), and Nosh Gluten-Free Baking
(I'm a coeliac). I've also used recipes on their website. I've enjoyed everything I've made and every recipe I've looked at I feel like 'I can do that!' Every recipe I've tried has been easy and I've been eating something different every day. It's fantastic!