Cookbook for someone who doesn't cook
My sister just moved out of my mom's house after Thanksgiving. She has a roommate, but I don't know if she cooks much.
This girl doesn't cook. I'm pretty sure it's because she's never been in a situation where she has had to. (She is 22, and the only times she has lived away from home were two brief stints away at college.)
I want to get her a simple cookbook for Christmas. Something with easy but relatively healthy recipes. They would also need to be somewhat price-conscious. I was thinking some sort of "five ingredient" cookbook?
So things I'm looking for:
- simple, easy-to-follow instructions
- quick prep (30 minutes or less, maybe?)
- budget-conscious ingredients
- cooking for two (nice but not req'd)
- preferably something that spans several cuisines
I'm perusing Amazon as I type this, but I wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions.
The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook has super easy recipes - I love that it's made like a a binder. (Guess it's the teacher in me!) It was my first cookbook as a beginning cook away at college, and I still go back to many recipes today.
I have one called How to Cook Without a Book that gives basic recipes (stir-fry, sauteed chicken breast with pan sauce, pasta, eggs, etc.) and variations on each so you can get basic techniques and proportions down. Really useful for a beginner cook, I think.
That's valid. I just feel bad that processed food and take-out are her only options now. She's moved about two hours away from my mom, so she can't really just pop in for a real meal.
Plus, neither her nor her roommate actually have a job right now. (The roomie's parents are starting them out, because they want their daughter out of the house....) So I figure they'll quickly go broke if they are living off of take-out.
I mean, she is an adult. And if she really want to learn how to cook she would. I just want her to have the tools to be able to feed herself, I guess.