“Prep”: A Cookbook for College Kids (Review and Giveaway!)

Maybe it’s because my daughter’s now a college freshman, or maybe it’s because Katie Morford’s breakfast cookbook, Rise and Shine, is so well loved in my house, our copy looks like this . . . .

. . . . but when I heard that Morford has a new cookbook out that’s just for college kids, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

Morford is the writer and registered dietitian behind the popular Mom’s Kitchen Handbook blog, and just as with Rise and Shine (as well as her first cookbook, Best Lunch Box Ever), Prep features her usual crisp prose, gorgeous photos, and creative recipes.

But while Prep is billed as “The Essential College Cookbook,” it’s actually a perfect primer for anyone new to the kitchen or just looking to brush up on their cooking skills. The book is divided into ten broad food categories, from Grains to Snacks, with each chapter offering five basic recipes. That’s “just enough,” promises Morford, “to give you a foundation from which to keep on cooking.”

Without ever talking down to its younger audience, Prep also clearly explains common cooking terms and techniques, illustrates essential skills (like the difference between chopping, dicing, and mincing), offers lists of pantry and refrigerator staples, and even teaches college kids how to throw their first dinner party.

Here’s a little slideshow of some of the book’s beautiful photography:

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Morford was also kind enough to offer a free copy of Prep for one lucky Lunch Tray reader! To enter to win the drawing, just leave a comment below by 6pm CST, Friday, April 26th.  You can tell me why you’d like to win or you can just say hi. I’ll use a random number generator to select the winner and if you comment twice (e.g., to respond to another reader’s comment), I’ll use the number of your first comment to enter you in the drawing. I’ll email you directly if you win and announce the winner on TLT’s Facebook page, too. (This giveaway is open only to U.S. residents.)

Good luck!  🙂


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