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on March 23, 2017
I wanted my almost-18 year old son to be able to survive on something more than Ramen and mac 'n cheese. This book is amazing for any beginner cooks. It's not just recipes. It starts off with a description of basic kitchen utensils that is needed and pantry basics. Keeping in mind that it is geared for college students (but helpful information for ANYONE), it also highlights foods that are good for the brain (cramming for a test?) and recovery foods (sports?). There's even a section on buying groceries from saving money to how to pick out produce. Right before the recipes, the books covers essential tasks like how to properly cut up some of those ingredients you will be using.

The recipes are broken down into the following categories: Breakfasts, Snacks & Small Bites, Salads & Sandwiches, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian and Vegan Mains, Seafood & Poultry Mains, Pork & Beef Mains, Sweet Treats, and finishes with Kitchen Staples. The recipes have very few ingredients (says 5 but then there's also spices/seasonings of course) and are easy to prepare. The ones I had my son try out were also very tasty. I especially like that there were optional variations for some of the recipes and in case you are cooking for someone with dietary restrictions, each recipe has details in the margin for tips such as gluten-free, vegetarian, etc. It evens mentions which ones can be made in the microwave in case you are in a hurry or the ones that are great for sharing in case you have study buddies coming over.

I highly recommend this for every college student BUT also for any beginner cook or someone moving out on their own for the first time.
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on July 10, 2017
I am not a college student... I am a mom looking for good recipes that are quick and easy and healthy enough to feel good about it going into my kids body. Have loved everything so far! Lots of good advice too if you're still learning your way around the kitchen. I normally end up regretting buying cookbooks, but this is my favorite! Money well spent.
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on March 22, 2017
This is a simple book, well laid out and with nice photos, for the beginner cook. I enjoyed reviewing the contents and seeing the effort that went into preparing this for others.

The title is a tad misleading as a number of the recipes are more than 5 ingredients, but the concept of simple and easy to prepare will be a good thing for many. The book is well indexed, comes with a convenient graph identifying recipes that are gluten-free, vegan or have a vegan option, vegitarian, microwave friendly, good for sharing, or prep and serve items. Conversion charts are provided as an aid for temperatures, weights, volume, and Imperial to metric. A page about pesticide concerns for certain produce is also provided. Reference and a glossary of cooking terms should take some of the worry of cooking.

There are 224 pages total including the extra additions I mentioned earlier and recipes basically are 1 per page. Helpful tips, servings, prep time estimates, and per serving calories, fat, carbs, fiber, and protein information is included.

Although generally healthy, some recipes are rather high in calories and hopefully people are aware of proper portion sizing. Enough variety of styles of cooking are provided that new cooks may be willing to try flavors or cooking types they are not familiar with. At 400-600+ calories per serving, how you pair these recipes with each other and the things you have already eaten or plan to eat the rest of the day, some care may be needed for some eaters.

I'm not sure how many college rooms come with ovens and therefore some of the recipes will apply to those in off campus housing, and some refer to large pots or take more food prep that college kids may not have.

I like the book, and I think it will be good for some college students. Some are very basic (burger, grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, tuna salad, etc) that I would hope kids know before moving to college.

Maybe things have changed a lot since I was in college, but I don't remember many of us having blenders.
The section on knife skills should be useful if nothing more than a resource to remind you.

All of this is not to be negative, but rather informative for you the consumer. I think the author, Pamela Ellgen, put together a well laid out and thought out book for college age teens and adults. The style, layout, contents, photos, and knowlege sharing is well done. I think I would have given it a different title, but that's just me and I am not the author.
Consider your audience, their situation at college, their experience level, and if they are more likely to refer to this book or look things up online. I'm a printed recipe person or cookbook person myself, but the days of printed matter is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

I hope you found my information useful.
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on July 6, 2017
I wish I would've known that there were no pictures whatsoever and that the book was quite plain. The cover is misleading.
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on January 5, 2018
This should be a "Not just for College Cookbook". Great recipes for singles, oldies, anyone who is alone or wants good stuff fast! Also, every recipe lists Fats, Protein, Calories, etc. If you are cooking for someone and want to be sure of calories and protein, this little book will guide you!
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on February 21, 2018
Was looking for a recipe book on the least amount of ingredients but still wanting eye appeal and wow the tastebuds. And in my search, came across this little (I mean little book. (This one can fit in a medium-sized purse and definitely in a tote). Well, I am pleasantly surprised by this gem of a collection of recipes that we as parents have prepared for our kids over 20-30 years, but have been simplified into 5, maybe 6 ingrerdients in each recipe so that our half-grown children can expand their education while at university to include culinary skills (and possibly not miss mum or grammy that much) while eating healthy, fresh food. I do have a suggestion for you parents and/or college students. If you will be living in a dorm room or off-campus in a small studio apartment, an electric skillet, the copper skillet (Copper Chef) that has a hot plate, but you can also use it on top of a stove, in the oven or as a chaffing dish, and the big boon is that nothing sticks to it and cooks in half the time. Comes with some really good recipes. You most likely will not use the stove or oven with this skillet. If you're off to university, all you need is this book and the electric skillet and you won't go hungry the entire time. Well put together. Super easy and very visual. Just love this publication. Thank you Pamela Ellgen.
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on January 23, 2018
I got this as a gift for my boyfriend and he really likes it so far! There's a large variety of recipes, all sectioned off into categories. The recipes are simple & easy to follow, and the ones he's made so far were really good. We're both also picky eaters and were able to find plenty of recipes in this book that we would like. Not all the recipes have only 5 ingredients, but the ingredients are all generally easy to find and easy to substitute with what you have/prefer.
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on March 18, 2017
The 5 Ingredient College Cookbook

Simple cookbook with simple recipes that almost anyone can prepare.

Features at a Glance:
Outlines Essential Kitchen Tools
Basic Ingredients to have in the house
Simple Recipes

◦ Easy to use
◦ Great for everyday use
◦ Low cost

◦ While great for a person who may be starting out on their own or has never had the responsibility to prepare their own meals, this may be a bit too basic for the average person.

Overall, a very nice and simple cookbook!
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on January 8, 2018
Got it for my friend who can't cook. There's a bunch of easy stuff in here for people who aren't brave when it comes to trying food but then there is also a big range of food to work up to, palate wise. There's also a list of words that you just know as a cook that people who don't spend any time in the kitchen may not know and you wouldn't think twice about it. so there's an explanation of say, "poach" or "saute". There are also gluten and dairy-free options on the side of a lot of the recipes. I might order a 2nd copy for myself bc i like what i see.
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on June 21, 2017
small enough book for a small college dorm- easy read for healthy options
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