“Will help budding cooks build confidence quickly.”
“Lots of tips and useful advice. Will be in demand by both students and recent graduates.”
“One of these days, the Carle sisters—authors of ‘Teens Cook,’ Teens Cook Dessert’ and ‘College Cooking’—will grow up. But until they graduate from Arizona State University, they’ll remain two of the most accessible young authors for college students.”
“more than 80 simple recipes and vibrant photos in sensible categories such as ‘party food,’ ‘impressing your date’ and ‘cheap eats.’”
“Dishes so tasty, no one will complain ‘Where’s the beef?’ ...students looking to enhance their cooking repertoire will find plenty of solid choices in this book.”
—Omaha World Herald
“Easy, inexpensive recipes.... And, no one says you have to be vegetarian to use it.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“It’s not on the required-reading list, but College Vegetarian Cooking may in fact be the most useful ‘textbook’ your kids could have.”
—“Eat In and Save” Food Columnist Marialisa Calta, United Media Syndicate
"delicious meatless recipes...inexpensive and easy meals."
“Simple versions of comfort classics and familiar ethnic dishes should appeal to busy students who have little experience in the kitchen.”
"College Vegetarian Cooking is an easy-to-use masterpiece that we just can't get enough of."
“an easy-to-follow cookbook that doesn’t require a ton of specialized culinary equipment or technique. ...If your scholar doesn’t do meat, have them pack College Vegetarian Cooking.”
“dozens of delicious vegetarian recipes that you can easily prepare in your kitchen or dorm. ...helps even the most inexperienced cooks find their place in the kitchen. ...something for every occasion. ...Yum!”
“Perfect for time- and money-strapped young adults. ...truly easy, fun, and delicious. Cookbooks aimed at young adults are nothing new, but this book’s format and tone are just right for the target audience, making it a good selection for almost any nonfiction collection.”
—VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates
“Whether you’re among the 20 percent of college students who consider themselves vegetarians or you’re looking for fast, budget-friendly, meat-free meals, the Carle sisters have delicious solutions.”
Grad students, cookbook authors and sisters, the Carles (Teens Cook Dessert, College Cooking) present another approachable but uneven collection aimed at peers who are going vegetarian. Emphasizing familiar favorites like cheese enchiladas bolstered with green chiles and corn, Asian lettuce wraps, falafel and pasta primavera, the dishes come together without fuss or the need for arcane ingredients, ensuring the book gets plenty of use. Time-saving steps, like employing already-made wontons for mushroom ravioli and puff pastry for cherry turnovers or tomato tarts will help budding cooks build confidence quickly. That said, novices may find instructions frustratingly brief-those unfamiliar with caramelizing may well end up with a scorched mess instead of a caramelized onion tart, and there's little help in crafting one's own pizza dough. Greater light is shined, however, on procedures for making potato gnocchi and maki rolls. Pesto pasta may be a little light on the basil, and the reliance on cream of mushroom soup in Tofu Tetrazzini may give one pause, but the sisters' hits outnumber their misses.
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This sister team adds its fourth cookbook to their previously published offerings that include College Cooking (Ten Speed Press, 2007/VOYA August 2007) and Teens Cook Desert (Ten Speed Press, 2006/VOYA August 2006). With the focus on healthy, inexpensive vegetarian fare, the sisters present ninety recipes that are perfect for time- and money-strapped young adults. Although the primary audience is the novice chef, there is much here for the more seasoned cook because the variety of recipes will give anyone a way to break out of any boring or unhealthy habits. The recipes are grouped by the type of situation in which they would be used. For example, "Cheap Eats" gives recipes for times when money is tight, and "Party Food" offers great finger food for any celebration. Each recipe has a short, introductory note and is accompanied by a food trivia box that gives interesting tidbits about ingredients or techniques. The writing style is light, conversational, and approachable, while still maintaining an air of authority and credibility. All the ingredients used are readily available, and the cooking techniques outlined are simple and nonthreatening. Although some of the instructions for preparing the recipes could have been more detailed, a trial run of several dishes found that they were truly easy, fun, and delicious. Cookbooks aimed at young adults are nothing new, but this book's format and tone are just right for the target audience, making it a good selection for almost any nonfiction collection. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham
The Carle sisters have been cooking together since their early teens, and they are the authors of three other cookbooks. Their follow-up to College Cooking offers easy vegetarian recipes for all kinds of meals, from "Just Like Mom Makes" to "Impressing Your Date," along with lots of tips and useful advice. Will be in demand by both students and recent graduates.