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Sam Stern is passionate about food and has been cooking for as long as he can remember. Sam's previous bestselling cookbooks, Cooking Up A Storm (2005), Real Food Real Fast (2006), Get Cooking (2007), Sam Stern's Student Cookbook (2008) and Eat Vegetarian (2010) have been translated into 14 languages and have established Sam as the voice for keen young cooks. Sam is now studying Politics, Sociology and Business at Edinburgh University and continues to cook, write and campaign about food issues. Author Location: Edinburgh.
Author photo © Jeffrey Stern
Almost a third of the UK population live alone. In addition to those people, many others cook alone on a regular basis: students, young professionals - and the occasional parent who's drawn the long straw and is alone with just an empty kitchen for company. What should they cook for themselves? With just a little time and some basic skills, it's easy to knock up knock-out meals to enjoy on one's own. There is, however, a clever little twist to this book. By cooking the main recipe you are halfway to preparing a second dish which you can enjoy the next day. This not only saves you loads of time and effort but also makes economic sense. How many times have you been left with a solitary chicken breast in the pack that you don't know what to do with? Problem solved - follow Sam's recipe and cook both pieces one night, using one piece for Beer and orange baked chicken, then the following day, transform the leftover, ready-cooked piece into Asian chicken salad for dinner or even for lunch to take to work. In the same way, you can make a Quick steak and ale pie which becomes Beef bubble and squeak cakes the next day. At other times, you just want 2 easy recipes to make use of a whole pack of something over the course of a week, so for example Sam shows how to use a pack of tofu for a zingy Tofu and cucumber salad one day, and Salt 'n' pepper tofu another day. And sometimes it's much easier and economical to buy a whole joint, and turn that value for money into four separate dishes that will last you over half the week. Eating for one shouldn't be sad - it should be a real pleasure!
Teen cook Sam Stern shares more of his favourite recipes which are designed to keep hungry teenagers like himself on the go. Sam’s passion for cooking shines through all his recipes and his good explanations about nutrition give a sound background to why they are worth following. From simple breakfasts of eggs and porridge to roasts and fish pie for family meals, Sam’s instructions are easy to follow while the accompanying photographs make all the dishes look mouth-watering. ~ Julia Eccleshare
May 2012 Food and Drink Book of the Month. With five cook books to his name, and he hasn't left University yet, Sam Stern is a cooking sensation. And with his compatriots in mind he has written his latest, Virgin to Veteran, to be a contemporary cookery masterclass designed to get today's teens, 20- and 30-somethings into the kitchen and cooking with confidence. Lovereading staff with teenage children have already bought their copy!
This complete vegetarian cookery bible is packed with recipes for all occasions and presented in Sam Stern's fresh and accessible style - perfect for vegetarians of all ages and cooking experience. Sam Stern's Eat Vegetarian is an indispensible guide to turning out exciting meals on a budget - and not just for vegetarians! Structured around the day's meals, from breakfast and brunch to afternoon tea and dinner, healthy meals are balanced with naughty treats and always focus on the nutritional needs of vegetarians. The collection of some of Sam's classic veggie recipes combined with great new additions proves that, while vegetarian food can be cheaper, it doesn't have to be boring. From impressive puddings to ways to use up yesterday's leftovers, this is a book for the budget-conscious, ethical and stylish eater. Number 4 in The Independent's 50 Best Cookbooks (2010)
Mouth watering recipes which are both easy to make and money saving make Sam Stern’s cookbook perfect for students. Written in snappy sentences, which give the impression that no one will have long to spend over the stove, the cooking instructions are clear as are the guides to necessary ingredients and costs. Following them will lead to great meals – and treats with which to impress friends. All students would do well to leave home armed with this book. To visit Sam Stern's website, where can view some of his recipes, click here.