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Student Cookbook 10/14/10

A great student vegetarian cookbook with budget-friendly recipes from quick fixes for hangovers to snack ideas for studying.

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I became a vegetarian when I was a student, and during this time I didn’t have many resources to help me become a healthy, happy, glowing vegetarian.  My student shoe-string budget didn’t allow for fancy spills like going to a dietitian to teach me what I should and shouldn’t be doing, and I wasn’t sure what veggie delights at the store were the healthy ones with which to cook.

All this changed when my mom bought me this great little guide, “The Student Vegetarian Cookbook”.

The book speaks the student language – providing smoothie recipes for hangovers and looking at alternative options to 2-Minute Maggie Noodles for the end-of-the-month-no-money syndrome. This book is simple to understand, pretty to the eye, light to carry, caters for all aspects of student eating and the recipes are quick, painless and tasty.

One thing lacking from this book are pictures. It would be great to see what the dishes should look like before attempting them, especially as the book is written for a UK audience, and we call some of the ingredients used in the book by a totally different name.

I would recommend this book if you are a new veggie and you have a student lifestyle that is budget-conscious. It retails for about R100 from all major bookstores and can also be purchased online.


By Roline Bosch

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7 Responses to this article

Kobie October 15, 2010 Reply

Thanks Roline!
I nearly wrote a book like this myself. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. I know what you mean about the shallots.
I must point out that your link to Kalahari in this article is malformed.

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editor October 15, 2010 Reply

Thanks for pointing out the link. It’s been fixed :)

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Liezl October 25, 2010 Reply

I will be the first to admit I am no vegetarian – nothing better for me than a lazy sunday braai in the summertime or a sumptuous chicken pasta…Alas this book sounds awesome! I’m always keen to try new recipes, especially healthy, low budget ones – And I’m willing to put the meat aside this time 😉 Thanx!

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Kobie November 3, 2010 Reply

I got one for my birthday \:D/

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Roline November 3, 2010 Reply

Fantastic! Let us know which recipe is your favourite and what you think of the book!

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Kobie November 5, 2010 Reply

Well, it seems as if parts of it were written for halfwits, with statements like
“If you have a toaster, use it to make toast” < from a recipe for toast! LOL. Then again, I heard about a recipe which told you to use a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine… oy vey.
Other than that I'm loving it.. I've already had my first bowl of rice soup, made from leftover rice the previous evening. I was pleasantly surprised by such a simple dish and look forward to more surprises from this little book. It's also fitting that it's not printed with big glossy resource hungry full colour photographs of the dishes. I have no problem with that… my stomach does not need much more stimulation than the thought of the yummy recipe.

All in all the book has enriched my life :)

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Kobie December 6, 2010 Reply

The recipe for Caponata is missing a crucial ingredient: tomatoes. It must be a printing error. I used 1x can of peeled tomatoes and it came out deliciously. I’m sure you could blanch and peel your own tomatoes too.

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