Sam Stern's Student Cookbook: Survive in Style on a Budget Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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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
Celebrity cook Sam Stern returns with his fourth cookbook, reaching out to an older audience.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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!
In addition to this, I find the way the book is written downright patronising. The book is filled with phrases such as "this is well tasty", and "slap on the cheese". This attempt to be 'in with the common man' is in stark contrast to the self indulgent photographs of the author staring whimsically into space (pages 200, 66, 64, 31, and the inner cover are exceptionally special). These are plastered on practically every page of the book, and are often irrelevant to the recipes! The photography of the actual food is quite good. I'd recommend the author gets over himself and deletes all the photos of himself! However, his photographs do make excellent doodling material.
To sum up: I would not recommend this as a stand along student book. I might recommend it as a supplementary book as it has a few good recipes (sadly overshadowed by the photography and voice). I've had this book 1 year, and have used 2 recipes.
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This is a great book - lots of tasty and easy recipes. Had it out from the library for ages, and decided needed to buy it.Published 7 months ago by Almond
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. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs. Patricia A. Urrutia