Review: Nosh for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook

On Monday, 15th August 2011, in Book Review, by David

Nosh for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook

Nosh for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook (by Joy May) was one of two student cookbooks I purchased before going to university, over 5 years ago, and it is still one of my favourite cookbooks today. The latest edition is even more impressive with over 30% more recipes than the 2006 edition and a much better style and presentation to the book. They have also changed the name of the book for the better, from Nosh 4 Students, to Nosh for Students.

What I really like about this book is the photos of the food. This is not because they are beautiful artistic photos of food that some professional chef has spent half a day preparing, but because it actually looks like the food that results from following the recipes (something I wish more cookbooks would do!). My second favourite part of this book is that the measurements are done in mugs. When I first started out cooking I didn’t have a weighing scales, and living in halls I really didn’t have the room to put non-essential items like them in my bag, as a novice cook you also don’t want to get addicted to accurately measuring things out, it’s better in the long run if you can estimate with your eyes how much to use.

Another useful features Nosh for Students has is an approximate gauge of how much each portion of a recipe will cost.

The ingredients that are used throughout the book are not ones that are unreasonable for students to get hold of, both in terms of cost and in terms of supermarket availability.

The “How long can I keep this before it kills me?” is also a excellent section to have, especially for new student cooks worried about giving themselves food poisoning. The book gives more realistic expiration times than the ones put on to items by supermarkets. Basic information on re-heating and storage is also present in the book.

Some of my favourite recipes include the creamy chicken recipe and mini pizzas, both of which I regularly cook for myself.


A great student cookbook and probably the best one out there currently. If you are a student just about to start university this September or will be self-catered for the first time then this is definitely the best book to buy as it covers all the kitchen basics and essentials, not just cooking. This is also a wonderful section for those who are a bit strapped for cash which may come in handy later in the term when you are running out of money!

A vegetarian version of the cookbook is also available.

If you are the parent or know someone going to university this September then Nosh for Students would be a great gift idea for a student cooking for the first time. Also worthwhile is the Virgin University Survival Guide, which we have previously reviewed

Nosh for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook is available on Amazon for £4.56 and the Vegetarian Nosh for Students: A Fun Student Cookbook is available at the same price.

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