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neither quick nor simple
on 6 December 2013
I got several student cookbooks out of the library to check out for a relative living away from home for the first time because the recipes in most cookbooks are not tested (yes, this is a well-kept secret).
I graded them as if looking for easy lunchtime dishes I would want to make for myself. Nosh for Students looks OK but has very British recipes whereas my family tends to like international food with a leaning towards Asian. Best Ever Student Cookbook looked easier but the 2 recipes I tried out were bland, almost inedible.
This one looks a bit complicated for a beginner really just wanting to cook both quickly and cheaply in digs, which is what I was looking for.
In the end, I bought Jamie's 15-Minute Meals instead for my nephew. Delia and Jamie test all their recipes which might not all be to my taste but almost always come out well.