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How to Feed Yourself: 100 Fast, Cheap, and Reliable Recipes for Cooking When You Don't Know What You're Doing: A Cookbook

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There's a time in life when you wake up and realize you're on your own: if you don't feed yourself, it's buttered noodles for the rest of your days. HOW TO FEED YOURSELF gives you exactly what you need to take control of your tiny kitchen and feed yourself depending on what's in your fridge, what you're craving, and what's happening in your life. The goal isn't to be perfec There's a time in life when you wake up and realize you're on your own: if you don't feed yourself, it's buttered noodles for the rest of your days. HOW TO FEED YOURSELF gives you exactly what you need to take control of your tiny kitchen and feed yourself depending on what's in your fridge, what you're craving, and what's happening in your life. The goal isn't to be perfect, but to finally cook like a real adult. No special equipment or skills or ingredients or magic required. These recipes are based on the foods you probably have lying around--eggs, chicken, pasta, fish, potatoes, toast, grains, greens, and bananas. Once you've got those basics down, you'll learn how to make them anything but basic with dishes like Really Legit Breakfast Tacos, Leftover Vodka Pasta Sauce, and Empty Peanut Butter Jar Noodles. Next, you'll discover new flavor variations, including cinnamon toast three ways, how to make chicken not bland, and a complete theory of the seven best ways to stir fry. The real world of feeding yourself is actually pretty great. Welcome. Go forth and cook like a real person.


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There's a time in life when you wake up and realize you're on your own: if you don't feed yourself, it's buttered noodles for the rest of your days. HOW TO FEED YOURSELF gives you exactly what you need to take control of your tiny kitchen and feed yourself depending on what's in your fridge, what you're craving, and what's happening in your life. The goal isn't to be perfec There's a time in life when you wake up and realize you're on your own: if you don't feed yourself, it's buttered noodles for the rest of your days. HOW TO FEED YOURSELF gives you exactly what you need to take control of your tiny kitchen and feed yourself depending on what's in your fridge, what you're craving, and what's happening in your life. The goal isn't to be perfect, but to finally cook like a real adult. No special equipment or skills or ingredients or magic required. These recipes are based on the foods you probably have lying around--eggs, chicken, pasta, fish, potatoes, toast, grains, greens, and bananas. Once you've got those basics down, you'll learn how to make them anything but basic with dishes like Really Legit Breakfast Tacos, Leftover Vodka Pasta Sauce, and Empty Peanut Butter Jar Noodles. Next, you'll discover new flavor variations, including cinnamon toast three ways, how to make chicken not bland, and a complete theory of the seven best ways to stir fry. The real world of feeding yourself is actually pretty great. Welcome. Go forth and cook like a real person.

30 review for How to Feed Yourself: 100 Fast, Cheap, and Reliable Recipes for Cooking When You Don't Know What You're Doing: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Sassy and slangy, written by young ppl for even younger ppl. But not too annoying for me, aging parent of a college student. I picked it up from the library because 'cheap' in the title, and I assumed that they wouldn't make me need a food processor or anything fancy. What's absolutely great about this book is that it's divided by the primary ingredient. So, eggs are cheap protein... what can I do with Eggs for any meal or snack of the day? I'm in the mood for comforting Pasta... what are some ea Sassy and slangy, written by young ppl for even younger ppl. But not too annoying for me, aging parent of a college student. I picked it up from the library because 'cheap' in the title, and I assumed that they wouldn't make me need a food processor or anything fancy. What's absolutely great about this book is that it's divided by the primary ingredient. So, eggs are cheap protein... what can I do with Eggs for any meal or snack of the day? I'm in the mood for comforting Pasta... what are some easy and cheap things to do with pasta? They even have a section for Toast... and even better, instructions on how to cut a Sweet Potato into planks to use as a substitute for bread toast & platform for all the goodies you could put on bread! Each section has not only recipes but also a sort of introduction or set of templates explaining the basic ways to use the ingredient. For example the chicken section gives several simple marinades, the egg section instructs how to poach, scramble, microwave, etc. I'm going to make the Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe (we don't have a Zaxby's restaurant here) and remember the tip for Pumpkin Cinnamon Toast (because I have some recipes that use part of a can of pumpkin and now I have a brilliant way to use the rest). And have you ever heard of massaging kale?... I wonder if it would work for cabbage.... Its also a big bright beautiful book. With lots of bonus tips and sidebars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    Could Possibly use some of these, will think about getting again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Very useful for my teenagers, who are going to take on more responsibility for mealtime. It’s basic and precise...how to cook an egg, how to make vegetables taste great. For our purposes, it’s exactly what we were looking for.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nadina

    I never really learned to cook much, so I really liked how this gave instructions for some basic things like cooking eggs and basic pasta sauces, as well as ways to cook vegetables. It then took these simple things further by giving recipes to make with them. It was simple, well written and not too complicated, and many of the meals had pictures. I definitely want to buy this book now, not just borrow it from the library, and work on improving my cooking.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Corban Ford

    Very useful book, basic yet informative. The recipes in this one were mostly easy to follow and fit my palette, which was nice, and not always a given in my case. I tried the Balsamic Chicken Sausage Grain bowl with Farro instead of Quinoa and it was pretty decent! Really enjoyed the anecdotes in this book as well, covering everything from the many uses of toast to how you can tell whether or not a banana is ripe. Really good stuff.

  6. 4 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    This is a pretty straightforward cook book for beginners, largely aimed at college students. Not every recipe has a photo and I like knowing what the recipe is supposed to look like. Overall it's worth checking out if you're new to cooking, but not necessarily for those with some experience. This is a pretty straightforward cook book for beginners, largely aimed at college students. Not every recipe has a photo and I like knowing what the recipe is supposed to look like. Overall it's worth checking out if you're new to cooking, but not necessarily for those with some experience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gina Zappa

    Okay...so like...they essentially smooshed some tater tots, jammed them in a waffle iron, and then made a bacon, jalapeno grilled cheese sandwich out of all of these things. Yeah. YEAH! I know! Also they have a Fireball Sangria recipe. Boom.

  8. 5 out of 5

    K Whipple

    handy as starter cookbook. very accessible and tasty recipes. fun

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aseela

    Nice

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Marie

    Made a vegan, glutenfree version on the Roasted Zucchini Boats- very good. We make a variation with rice often.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonii

    Meh.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I found more recipes in this cookbook to try than I thought I would as it is aimed at novice cooks.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Great selection of yummy, easy recipes. I can't wait to try the tater tot waffle grilled cheese! Great selection of yummy, easy recipes. I can't wait to try the tater tot waffle grilled cheese!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sara Goldenberg

    very cute and fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wynn

    I really enjoyed Spoon University's videos on Instagram. Unfortunately, they haven't been active in about four months. (Darn it!) This cookbook is okay. It's not as entertaining or creative as their videos and many of the recipes are basic stuff. Cinnamon toast and a lasagna recipe that is found on any box of lasagna noodles isn't really exciting, new or creative. Overall, it's worth a look for simple how-to's and easy recipes that are beautiful on the page. Update - 12/19 they're back on Instagr I really enjoyed Spoon University's videos on Instagram. Unfortunately, they haven't been active in about four months. (Darn it!) This cookbook is okay. It's not as entertaining or creative as their videos and many of the recipes are basic stuff. Cinnamon toast and a lasagna recipe that is found on any box of lasagna noodles isn't really exciting, new or creative. Overall, it's worth a look for simple how-to's and easy recipes that are beautiful on the page. Update - 12/19 they're back on Instagram!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Noreen

  17. 4 out of 5

    S

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Meggitt

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chris Perretta

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  24. 4 out of 5

    amy l wilson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dna

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Kalchik

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

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