10 Cookbooks Every Student Needs

10 Cookbooks Every Student Needs

The Hungry Student Cookbook – Charlotte Pike

Never mind essays and exams – one of the biggest challenges you’ll face at university is fending for yourself in the kitchen. The Hungry Student Cookbook will take you from freshers’ week to graduation, all on a seriously tight budget. Whether you want a simple dinner, a quick lunch between lectures, exam fuel or a slap-up meal to impress housemates, these easy-to-follow recipes are designed specially for students and include all your favourites: from homemade curries, lasagne, fajitas and toad-in-the-hole, to delicious ideas for soups, casseroles, jacket potatoes and homemade dips. It features photos, store cupboard essentials, tips on how not to poison your friends and other crucial kitchen advice.

The Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry and the Broke

You might think that dinner’s sorted if you have a packet of instant noodles in the cupboard but sometimes you crave a proper home-cooked meal without needing a degree in cookery! The Student Cookbook will get you through your studies and become more valuable to you than any textbook. You won’t need lots of kitchen gadgets, hours in front of the stove or a loan to make these recipes – they are all easy and cheap and designed to satisfy. When you’re having a late-night dissertation crisis and you turn to the refrigerator for salvation, The Student Cookbook will come to the rescue with quick, stress-free Snacks & Bites.

Student Eats – Rachel Phipps

Recently graduated, Rachel Phipps knows the reality of a student kitchen. She knows what students want to eat and what they can actually make. A lover of good food and a self-taught cook, Rachel started producing easy recipes to share with her friends at uni who were struggling for food inspiration on a budget. The best of these recipes have gone into her first cookbook, Student Eats. In Student Eats she offers hundreds of tried-and-tested ideas to cook with the minimal utensils, no fancy gadgets and affordable ingredients. She includes her essential kitchen kit, starter store cupboard shopping list, smart meal maths and simple menu plans for one, two, four or more. This user-friendly cookbook is a great companion for students to have on their journey to independent living.

Cooking on Campus – Good Housekeeping

It’s not that students have trouble eating at university, but more that they struggle to eat well. This book is a collection of some super simple recipes that are as healthy as they are tasty. Compiled by the team at Good Housekeeping, it is a collection of their favourite (and easy to make) recipes, be it a midweek meal after a long day of lectures or a spontaneous feast with your house mates. Packed with tasty new ideas, cook’s tricks, up-to-date nutritional breakdown including protein and fibre, and savvy advice throughout, it couldn’t be easier to make your favourite meals and make the most of your student kitchen.

Nosh for Students – Joy May

When Joy May saw her son’s pale complexion after just one semester at uni she realised that his diet of toasties and Mars bars was not going to see him through the next three years. This inspired her to write a cookbook that gives students recipes that are easy to prepare but still provide them with the comforting taste of home. The recipes are straightforward, simple to follow and each one features a picture (and a finished dish to aim for). Making cooking a fun experience, the book covers comfort food, homemade takeaways, and one-pot dishes, as well as shopping planners and all the basics students need to feed themselves.

Mug Meals – Dina Cheney

You may have heard of making mug cakes in a microwave but now you can also cook whole meals in a mug! The microwave is a student’s best friend and Mug Meals shows you how to create meals in minutes that rivals those cooked in the oven or on the hob. All you need is a mug, a microwave and a few ingredients to make fast and easy meals cooked from scratch. Ideal when you’re cooking for one in a hurry, Mug Meals contains recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and deserts. Plus, the best thing about making a meal in a mug is that there’s very little washing up to do afterwards!

Fast & Fresh One Pound Meals – Miguel Barclay

When it gets to the end of term and you’re struggling to make ends meet, it might seem like the only option is to survive on beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But that doesn’t have to be the way! Miguel Barclay has put together another fantastic cookbook filled with recipes that only cost £1 to make. From butternut gnocchi to fisherman’s pie and falafel burgers, all the recipes are not only really straight-forward and cost-effective but super tasty! Miguel will teach you how to shop savvy as well as clever shortcuts for when you’re in a hurry so you’ll have as much time as possible for studying and socialising.

The Quick and Easy Vegetarian College Cookbook

Cooking for yourself is challenging enough when you are at university, never mind when you are vegetarian. With most students on a tight budget, this book is filled with delicious veggie meals that won’t break the bank. Recipes have been created with students in mind and feature vegetarian favourites that range from healthy breakfasts to study-session snacks perfect for all-nighters and recipes you can make without the need for a fully equipped kitchen. Learn how to whip up new dishes like Scrambled Egg Burritos, Quick Pasta Pesto, and Mini Goat Cheese Pizza in no time. With a glossary of cooking terms and checklists of essential kitchen and store cupboard staples this book will help students get beyond beans on toast.

Everybody Loves Ramen – Eris Hites

Noodles are an essential component of student life. As a student Eric Hites learned just how far he could stretch his money by combining a packet of ramen noodles with some odd ingredients out of his nearly bare kitchen cupboards and a little imagination. Original, cheap yet tasty meals, he’s put together his favourite recipes that he and his friends had so much fun inventing. Everybody Loves Ramen includes innovative recipes from Stroganoff Ramen Style to Easy Cheezy Ramen to Elvis’s Fav’ Gravy Ramen. Alongside funny stories, games and puzzles, Everybody Loves Ramen is told in a humorous style and with so many different recipes to try, you’ll never get bored of noodles!

The Healthy Student Cookbook

It’s not easy to eat healthily on a tight budget but The Healthy Student Cookbook helps you do exactly that. Filled with delicious, nourishing and low-cost recipes, The Healthy Student Cookbook is the bible for students who want to eat well. It also contains exclusive recipes from fitness guru The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, who has specifically devised meals for busy, energetic students. Written in the friendly, entertaining way that studentbeans.com is known for, including advice on the basics of cooking, how to save money and trips to the supermarket, this book will help students everywhere have confidence in the kitchen so that eating wholesome, nutritious food becomes a rewarding and fun part of student life.