I recently received a free copy of peta2‘s new project: the Vegan College Cookbook. This cookbook has “275 easy, cheap, and delicious recipes to keep you vegan at school.” It’s written by Starza Kolman and Marta Holmberg.
I had fun reading through the book. I read most of it on the drive home from Napa on Saturday (after Bobby sobered up he took over the driving).
It’s broken up in two parts – “what you need to know” and “recipes you’ll love”. In “what you need to know”, you’ll find a quick and dirty intro to microwave cooking, an intro to veganism, a huge list of great vegan products, and a list of kitchen basics. In “recipes you’ll love”, you’ll find breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, soups and stews, sauces/dressings, dinners, drinks, dips, snacks, and desserts… plus three spotlights! Those are on peanut butter, ramen, and potatoes.
I think the “spotlights” are great. They give a bunch of fun ideas to jazz up cheap ingredients. I know a lot of people that lived on ramen when we were in school! I bet they would have loved some healthier and tastier options.
This cookbook offers a ton of fun recipes. I will definitely be trying some of the ramen recipes (like the ancient Japanese noodle secret salad), the salad recipes (like the strawberry field greens forever), and many others (like the peanut butter cup pie!). But here are my critiques:
- the only cooking method is a microwave. i don’t really ever use a microwave… but this is actually a plus for college kids.
- i would say at least half of the recipes are not really recipes. (examples: bagel + cream cheese + jam; yogurt + fruit + granola)
- no pictures!
- there’s a heavy emphasis on processed and fake vegan foods – this is not what veganism is about (for me at least)
I liked the book enough to order a copy for my sister (her birthday was a few weeks ago and I never got her a present). I hope it gets there soon. I ordered it off of Amazon for just $10.19 and free shipping (along with Master Your Metabolism for my dear momma).
What was YOUR favorite college meal? I pretty much lived on baked goods and salads. I ate a lot of huge muffins, cookies, and other goodies. I’ve scaled down my sugar consumption since then 🙂 Dessert is still my favorite meal – always has been, always will be. And yes, of course dessert is a meal.