The Student Vegan Cookbook

85 Incredible Plant-Based Recipes That Are Cheap, Fast, Easy, and Super-Healthy

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Pub Date 31 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 19 Jan 2023

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Even if you are a student who has a tight budget, a crazy-busy schedule, and limited kitchen equipment, you still can make amazing vegan snacks, treats, and meals for yourself and your friends. 

The Student Vegan Cookbook shows you how, with tips, tricks, and hacks for dormitory-room and small-kitchen cooking and with lots of creative, nutritious, and delectable recipeseach one with its own photograph, something other college vegan cookbooks do not have—covering the whole day, from rushing-off-to-class quick-fix breakfasts to midnight (or later) treats for chilling and unwinding.

Award-winning vegan blogger Hannah Kaminsky has walked the walk, cooking delicious meals for herself and her roommates in her own college years. Fast-forward a few years and Hannah is now a professional food writer and photographer who has created a stunning book full of truly scrumptious, yet easy-to-make, vegan recipes. It includes:
  • Wraps, tacos, burritos, and sandwiches, for lunches and casual dinners on the fly
  • All kinds of fast and easy noodle dishes, from pasta, soba, and udon to new ways to fix ramen, the perennial student favorite
  • Super-healthy smoothies, juices, and shakes
  • Loaded toasts—because avocado toast is not the only way to turn toast into a meal
  • Colorful, filling, and flavorful one-pan and one-bowl dinners—for the many students who have access to only one burner
  • Snacks and party treats that not only taste incredible but also are good for you

Whether you are a vegan, a vegetarian, or simply an omnivore who wants to eat healthier, and whether you live at home, in your own apartment, or in a dorm, you’ll kick your cooking and eating game up to the next level with this inventive and incredibly useful book.
Even if you are a student who has a tight budget, a crazy-busy schedule, and limited kitchen equipment, you still can make amazing vegan snacks, treats, and meals for yourself and your friends. 


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Being vegan and being a student can both be hard. With potential expensive recipes, complicated instructions and wierd ingredients, it can be difficult to balance a healthy lifestyle whilst on a tight budget. And this is where a book like this becomes you’re best friend and a great cookery companion to college and university students who live a plant based or vegan lifestyle.

It’s filled with loads of fantastic, simple, cheap and easy recipes whilst both being delicious and very appetising. I love the layout of the recipes, they’re so easy to follow and read which is great when you’re surrounded by cooking ingredients and utensils! The pictures really do the food justice too and I could eat everything in here!

The book included breakfasts, tasty sides and snacks, soups, one bowl meals and plenty of noodle dishes which I have my eyes on. I can’t wait to start cooking and I also loved the addition of protein boosting snacks too.

A must have for all the vegan students out there, or just anyone who wants to eat well on a budget.

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I absolutely love this book! If you're not a student, don't worry, I'm not either, but I feel like this is a great book for anyone interested in eating yummy, healthy, and filling vegan food. The recipes are perfect for good everyday meals. I love the pictures, and that there's a picture attached to every recipe. I enjoy the easiness of many of the recipes, because sometimes you just need tasty food, and fast. I will make spring pea toast, good morning mango lassi, almond parmesan, peanut sadeko, and protein bark right after my next trip to the store. I have already made the deli-cious eggless salad sandwiches, because I kept drooling over the picture. Also, it's great that the ingredients are mostly simply to find, and it does not take a chef to make this delicious meals Highly recommended book!

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I received The Student Vegan Cookbook as part of a NetGalley giveaway.

Veganism is not necessarily an easy or affordable choice of diet, and as ease and affordability are typically top of mind for students, a vegan diet may be difficult to maintain while attending classes. The Student Vegan Cookbook seeks to remedy this with easy and accessible recipes for people with limited time and funds.

I was impressed that the recipes were in fact fairly simple and accessible, which isn't always the case for vegan cookbooks. There were always be "base" ingredients or supplements that will cost additional money (egg substitutes, protein powder, etc.), but for the most part the emphasis is on ingredients that can be found fairly easily. There's a nice variety of recipes and the layout and photography is well-done. A really nice set of recipes for those who may be new to the world of vegan eating and cooking.

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Thank you netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for a review

This is a great book for people who want to try vegan recipes.
There's a big section on basic ingredients, which is useful for people who don't have a lot of experience with cooking. It also contains useful information about vegan alternatives to things like mayonnaise or butter.
There's also a nice part on basic kitchen equipment, again useful for young people / students who have small kitchens.

The recipes look delicious, the instructions are simple and I like the fact that they can be made with simple equipment (there's no need to have an oven or fancy blenders). However, some recipes include ingredients that are delicious but expensive (different types of nuts, coconut, avocado...), so some recipes can end up being rather pricey. There's still a lot of good recipes with cheap, easily available products, but unfortunately as a broke student, there are some that I won't be able to try now.

Bonus point for the conversion tables (us measurements to metric), as well as the fact that the recipes use the US system AND metric system, so everyone can use this without having to double check the amount needed for each ingredient!

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I received a copy of this cookbook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a wonderful cookbook. It's filled with interesting recipes that would all be easy to make!

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This was a really fun book with great ideas. There are some dishes I'll definitely try, like the Sri Lankan Cashew Curry, the Tom Yam Noodle Soup or the Creamy Green Pesto. Others were a bit "out there" for me, but that's just personal preference, and I know there are people who'd buy this book for exactly those kinds of recipes -- e.g. the Funfetti Dunkaroo Dip sugar-fest, Peach Wasabi Salad, Strawberry Gazpacho or No-Mato Meatless Bolognese (which gets its color from red beets, which I'm not a fan of, and looks positively technocolor-ish), to give you an idea. Don't take this as negative critique, I'm admittedly not the most adventurous eater and these are exactly the kinds of dishes that make this book stand out and also make you look like kitchen royalty when you serve them up. At any rate, there are lots of other, less outré (but by no means plain) options to choose from. A lot of the dishes also look simply terrific -- I mean, just take a look at the Purple Rainy Day Soup!!! --, so if you need to impress someone with your vegan cooking skills, this book has you covered. There were some dishes that were a tad too "meat"-centric for me, such as the Sweet Tea Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich or the Cheesesteak Sandwich, but this is mainly due to the fact that I've never liked meat and haven't eaten it in decades, so the thought of eating even fake "pork" turns me off; then again, if you are looking to cut back on animal products and/or are cooking for a sceptical carnivore, this kind of thing would probably be really helpful.
What was especially cool was that ingredient-wise, a lot of the time the author includes a "lazy" option for those of us who don't feel like chopping up 5 cups of leafy greens or whatever. I also liked that there was a lot of variety when it came to serving sizes; I was especially happy about the "breakfast for one" options, because let's face it, I'm never going to prepare breakfast for ten people (sorry), but I do like a pancake or five.
I was very happy with the variety, this book shows you how to prepare all kinds of vegan foods from breakfast to entrées to dessert to salads to noodle/pasta dishes and beverages; it even has recipes for sweet snacks such as truffles or pumpkin gummies (which would also make a fantastic gift) or a molten lava cake you simply zap in the microwave, as well as some staples like almond parmesan or vegan mac & cheese. This is pretty much a perfect little all-rounder that should be especially helpful if you're new to vegan cooking, or cooking in general. There's a nice introduction to ingredients, nutrients and the like as well, which is in-depth enough to be of help to the newbie but doesn't go on long enough to exasperate the seasoned vegan.
If I have one small complaint, it's that I would have liked a bit more tofu dishes; there's only six recipes involving tofu (although depending on your prefereces this might even be an added bonus to you).

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As a vegan, and quite recently a student, I feel quite well-placed to review this cookery book. Overall, it's a good one. It's well presented with pictures, and well organised into sections by type of dish, eg breakfast, snacks, pasta dishes etc. There are a good mix of classic recipes (eg sweetcorn chowder) and more interesting and different recipes so while this is aimed at students, I think a lot of older and more experienced cooks would still find some new ideas here. My only criticism is that perhaps some of the ingredients are just a bit too different and expensive for students to be buying (although there are quite often substitutions for the harder-to-find items which I really appreciate!). I've bookmarked a few recipes to try out which sound really interesting. So to conclude, a good recipe book, but perhaps not one for complete beginners due to some more 'out there' recipes and some slightly unusual ingredients.

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I loved this cover and was excited about there being 85 fast and easy plant based recipes. 8 chapters of yummy! Included is breakfast, dips, spreads, snacks, noodles, soup, sandwich and bowl-in-one meals.
There are helpful basic staples “ideas”with a ingredients glossary. I found this part super helpful. It’s a lot to take in when starting this plant based journey and this part is essential. Furthermore are all the kitchen essentials you’ll need and a quick “how to do stuff” intro before starting this and conversion and equivalent tables.
Everything looked easy enough and I especially loved the breakfast and soup recipes. I would not only recommend this for college students but also anyone getting into plant based eating. Very helpful. The only thing this doesn’t have is calories per serving which to me isn’t a big of deal. I hope this was helpful.
Thanks Harvard Common Press via Netgalley.

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If you ever lived with me for a longer period of time, you know that I never know what to cook. Literally ever. I'm not vegan nor vegetarian but I would like to try to decrease my meat consumption. This cookbook feels like the perfect solution. Not only does it have loads of fairly easy recipes, but also the list of essential cooking supplies, an ingredient glossary, life lessons regarding cooking, and most importantly (and most usefully in my opinion) a couple of tables of measurement conversations: US to metric and vice-versa but also others.

However, this truly is a student's cookbook so don't go looking for a recipe for a big Sunday lunch.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. I'm planning to use it for a long time.

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This is a colourful guide to a varied amount of vegan recipes. Lots of savory and some.sweet. the recipes are easy to follow with bright colours and lovely pictures. I do wonder if some of the ingredients are a little expensive for a university student but overall a great cookbook

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The Student Vegan Cookbook is a collection of simple, healthy and mainly affordable recipes for anyone looking to eat plant based food on a budget. It is a book for everyone not just for students. The biggest bonus is that there is a delicious colour photograph for every recipe. I loved the way the ingredient lists were pretty short and for the most part basic. There are some that use an ingredient or two that is a bit pricey or more difficult to source, but overall they are easy on the pocket and easy to find.

Plenty of additional advice and information is included such as a page of conversion tables and details of key vegan ingredients. The recipes are varied, and the layout and photography are excellent. It is a great book for anyone just starting out on the vegan or plant based cooking route.

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Absolutely love this book. I'll be trying out some of the recipes for my family and buying a copy for my son to take with him to university.
If you are trying to have a couple of meat-free days as a family, there are some great ideas for pasta and main courses plus some cool breakfast treats.
For a student, it strikes the balance between having interesting, cool recipes but not having loads of weird ingredients to hunt the supermarkets for if you're a student in a fairly traditional town or city. There is also a strong emphasis on store cupboard ingredients so donations of these can be made by parents and carers at the beginning of term.
The author promises cheap, fast, easy and super-healthy and she delivers on all four.

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Very handy cookbook with great recipes! I am not fully vegan but I decided to incorporate more vegan food in my week and to only have meat once a week. I needed recipes that were easy to make and not too expensive and this book is exactly that. Would recommend!

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This book offers up 85 plant based recipes with the vegan student in mind, covering breakfasts, dips and spreads, snacks, side dishes, noodles, sounds, main meals and more.

The recipes in this book call for quite a wide array of ingredients which I’m not convinced are entirely budget-friendly, but even in an era of increased plant-based choice, this does seem to be one of the key disadvantages of the vegan diet. There is at least an index at the back of the book listing all of the recipes that feature each ingredient.

My student days are long behind me, but I’m always on the lookout for cookbooks geared towards the somewhat more reluctant and inexperienced cook (i.e. me) and this meets that brief nicely. The recipes are all clearly written with plenty of hints and tips throughout around timings, etc, and each requires only a limited amount of kitchen equipment to prepare. I also liked that each page includes a photograph of the desired outcome! There is also a really useful glossary of the more unusual ingredients found within the recipes.

Recommended for anyone, not only students, wanting an entry point into plant-based cooking.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Another vegan cookbook, this time The Student Vegan Cookbook by blogger Hannah Kaminsky with its budget conscious focus. With a colourful layout, photos of each recipe and tasty student lifestyle meals, including rushed breakfasts, handy lunches, quick dinners or even late-night snacks, it provides for good nutritional balance and the standard student basics of noodles and smoothies. It is also conscious of small kitchens and has one pan and one bowl meals. This cookbook is a handy investment, especially for all students whether health conscious, environmentally concerned or even just wanting alternative meal choices. A most useful aid for students with its five-star rating. With much thanks to Harvard Common Press and the author for an uncorrected proof copy for review purposes.

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Quick disclaimer: I am not a vegan (yet!) but that doesn’t mean I am not tempted, especially after perusing this beautifully compiled book. With stunning photos of bright, colorful, mouthwatering delicious foods, this book offers an approachable way to adopt healthy vegan recipes into one’s life.

I’m always a little skeptical when I see cookbooks. Am I going to be able to complete the recipes successfully? Will I actually use the ingredients more than just for the recipes? Luckily, this book offers me a resounding yes and offers helpful tips and suggestions throughout. So not only can I enjoy these scrumptious foods but I can also boost my cooking skills. Sounds like a win to me!

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As a vegan for 50 years I was curious about this cookbook. It did not disappoint. The recipes are simple, ingredients accessible and budget friendly. This is the perfect cookbook for anyone embarking on the vegan journey not just students. Going vegan can be complicated for some people and this book helps make the transition easier with great recipes that are simple and nutritious.

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Just finished this book, a refreshing reminder of the basics of vegan cooking, from common ingredient and uses, common tools and steps used, and a great review of recipes for new and experienced vegans to reflect on! I appreciate all the recommendations and alternative thoughts that are sprinkled throughout.

The book also focuses a bit at the beginning regarding steps of preparing vegan food while a college student. This is very apparent up front, seems forgotten towards the middle and end. I don't think this detracts from the read, as I am more interested in the vegan discussion and recipes. However, if the sole intent was to focus on students or these with liked cooking space, I believe this could have been more incorporated into the recipes and the discussions with each.

Thank you Net Galley for my free copy. The comments above are my own without influence.

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Let me start out by saying, I am not a vegan. I do try to incorporate meatless meals into my family’s diet. Also my kids have friends that are vegan. This cookbook has a lot of positives.

1- The author includes helpful notes with a lot of the recipes. Terrific for people just learning to cook.
2- The pictures, with all the recipes, are gorgeous (well the guacamole isn’t a stunner but the author acknowledges that. It’s a taster not a looker)
3- The recipes are not complicated.
4- The book is playful and not intimidating at all.

My only negative is for this being a student cookbook, the ingredients may not be easily accessible.

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This book is quite interesting for someone that is trying to look into eating vegan or for someone that is trying to incorporate a meatless Monday into their diet. There are breakfast, dips, salads, noodles, etc, with all of them including a picture (which I love!). The book also has a recipe for green curry and yellow curry, the later one which I am looking forward to try. All in all, this book should not be expected to be your full source of vegan recipes, but it does make a fun addition to the cookbook library.

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Great cookbook, with recipes that are easy to add to a rotatable menu plan. This is definitely one I'd recommend - mostly accessible ingredients, affordable, and with pictures - that's what I want in a cookbook! Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Being fairly new (3 years) vegan myself, I'm always looking for tasty yet manageable recipes to prepare. This book succeeds in sharing such recipes with much of its content.

It begins with a lengthy introduction containing pantry staples, common vegan ingredients, and essential cooking utensils. If you are new to vegan cooking, this section is essential; otherwise, it can safely be bypassed. The introduction closes with a variety of "how-to" instructions (e.g., how to bake a potato) and a very helpful conversions and equivalents page.

Once you arrive at the recipes, you won't be disappointed. Predictably, the breakfast chapter is first and contains a variety of sweet and even a few savoury choices, which are often hard to find in the world of vegan breakfasts. The Freaky Good French Toast looks particularly intriguing; I am anxious to give it a try. The book continues with chapters on dips, snacks, sides, and main dishes, which are organized by chapter into types (e.g., pastas, soups).

Overall, The Student Vegan Cookbook consists of a good variety of vegan recipes. Many recipes are inspired by popular ethnic dishes, while others are plant-based takes on North American favourites. There truly is something for everyone! As for sending your college-bound student off with this cookbook, I think some of the recipes are rather ambitious for a beginning cook and may be difficult to create successfully without the proper tools, such as a high-speed blender. However, a young chef who creates these tasty recipes just might inspire fellow students to take up vegan cooking as well!

Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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My son turned vegan 18 months ago and we have struggled to find a decent cookbook that just contained vegan recipes. He goes to university next month so when I saw this title I was immediately drawn to it.
He has cooked half a dozen recipes from here so far and each one has turned out well. He found the instructions clear but not Patronising.

We would both really recommend this book as an ideal present if you know anybody who is vegan or vegetarian and starting university this year.

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