The Starving Students’ Vegetarian Cookbook

| June 17, 2012 | 3 Comments

The Starving Students’ Vegetarian Cookbook

This cookbook serves up simple, can’t fail directions, cheap ingredients and quick one-pan recipes for the health conscious student.

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  1. Lisa Linnell-Olsen says:
    46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    CHEAP AND DELICIOUS!!!, November 14, 2001
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    Lisa Linnell-Olsen (Fairbanks, AK) –
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    This review is from: The Starving Students’ Vegetarian Cookbook (Paperback)

    With “The Starving Students Vegetarian Cookbook” students can enjoy inexpensive home-cooked fare while dirtying as few dishes as possible.

    According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks bookstore, it is a top non-fiction best seller for college bookstores. Dede Halls vegetarian cookbook delivers quick, cheap and delicious meals that anyone can prepare. If your mother never showed you how to make an egg-salad sandwich, there is no need to fret. Not only can you learn how to make an egg-salad sandwich, but you can also try dishes like “Lynn’s tofu spinach lasagna” and “onion potato soup.”

    The cookbook lists the staples one needs to have on hand to prepare these simple vegetarian meals. There is enough variety to avoid boredom. Many of the recipes will be ready in less than 15 minutes. The reduced number of dishes used in cooking is of benefit to college students on a tight budget.

    Hall includes cleaning and shopping tips for those who are just now becoming responsible for their own homes. Tips like how to shop for citrus fruits or how to chop onions are scattered throughout the book.
    I tried a few recipes out for myself, and was very pleased with the results. The chile rellenos were easy to make, and very tasty. Using only a few ingredients (eggs, cheese, baking mix, milk and green chilis), the dish was easy to prepare and a big hit with my family.
    The zucchini enchiladas also made a wonderful meal. Using flour tortillas and canned sauce, they were quick to prepare with excellent results.
    There are several other promising recipes I intend to try: Caribbean red beans and rice, banana fritters, and Spanish corn bread are just a few.
    My only complaint is that there is no nutritional analysis of the foods. As many vegetarians are health-conscious, this would have been a nice feature. Still, the recipes do seem to be nutritious as well as simple. With the busy schedule and tight budgets of most students, this is a useful book full of culinary ideas that will appeal to vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike.

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  2. Lisa M. Poole says:
    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic! what every poor veggie needs!, March 2, 2006
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    Lisa M. Poole
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    This review is from: The Starving Students’ Vegetarian Cookbook (Paperback)

    My mom got this book for me when I first moved out on my own and it saved my life! I never cooked before, and I almost make at least one thing out of here every day!

    Favorites of the boyfriend (a carnivore) and myself include the Gourmet Mushroom Burger, almost all the pastas and the Zuchinni Omlette.

    a note to the reviewers “Disappointed” and “Buyer Beware” below. You just have to carefully read labels in the items you buy! You don’t have to follow the recipes to a T, I substitute You can’t believe it’s not butter Light, or use a canola oil spray instead plain butter. Reduced-fat cheese works just as well as regular. And there are brands of worsteshire sauce that don’t have anchovies, I live in SoCal and Ralph’s brand is veggie friendly! just a head’s up.

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  3. Jansen "Jansen" says:
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for starving professionals too!, February 11, 2006
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    Jansen “Jansen” (Boston, MA) –

    This review is from: The Starving Students’ Vegetarian Cookbook (Paperback)

    When I was in college several years ago, a relative gave me a copy of “The Starving Student’s Cookbook”. I loved it! I was semi-vegetarian at the time and I was pleased that the book had a chapter of vegetarian recipes.

    Since graduating I have become more vegetarian so I was delighted to find that Dede Hall had written a book focusing on vegetarian cooking. The recipes in this book are easy to make and delicious. I have purchased several vegetarian and vegan cookbooks but they all seem to contain exotic ingredients that I can’t find in my area, even at organic food stores. Other problems I had were that the recipes were complicated, time-consuming, and sometimes not even palatable when completed. This book changed that for me!

    Some of my favorite recipes are Garlic Pull-aparts (great with italian dishes although it’s listed in the breakfast chapter), Peanut Butter soup, Easy Stroganoff, Just Right Stew, and Lynne’s Tofu Spinach Lasagne. Those are just the stand-outs for me. I go back to this book again and again because the recipes are so tasty and varied.

    I would also recommend this book to anyone who is considering going vegetarian. The recipes are so easy to prepare and so good that you won’t miss meat-based dishes–a problem I had when starting out.

    Another reviewer mentioned the fact that worcestershire sauce is used in one of the recipes and that it contains anchovies. Please, guys, use common sense when buying and read the list of ingredients. There are several brands of vegetarian worcestershire sauce on the market or you can make your own by looking up a recipe online. Also, some vegetarians might classify themselves as vegan, lacto/ovo vegetarian, or “flexitarian” i.e. mostly vegetarian but occasionally eat meat. These recipes can be adjusted to suit your needs.

    I would even recommend purchasing Dede Hall’s first book and substituting vegetarian “meat” in the recipes, many varieties such as Morningstar Veggie Crumbles and Steak strips are now available in most grocery stores.

    I like these books so much that I have bought copies for friends. Enjoy!

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