Created by two brothers who just graduated from Michigan State University, Max and Eli Sussman know a thing or two when it comes to cooking. Having spent a few solid years working for high-scale (and low-scale) restaurants and country clubs, the brothers created an entertaining and fun guide for anyone who has shied away from laboring in that little but ever so important room in their house known as The Kitchen.
The cookbook was specifically designed with college students in mind. From their meager budgets to their lack of kitchen appliances and their socially-conscious minds, Freshman in the Kitchen offers simple recipes that require no heating or oven-baking at all, and then it moves on to more elaborate recipes when you are feeling more confident with your culinary skills.
The Sussman brothers also extol the importance of using locally-grown and seasonal items rather than store-bought, freezer-burned ingredients that were shipped from overseas and somehow landed in the refrigerator case of your campus mini-mart.
Freshman in the Kitchen is not only a guide for college students, but for anyone who feels like they are just starting out in the kitchen. But if you’re put off by pretentious cookbooks that use bizarre ingredients and fix paltry portions, this cookbook offers just the opposite. It’s down-to-earth and super funny dialogue coupled with its creative and downright yummy recipes, Freshman in the Kitchen will leave you feeling like you’re on the fast-track to graduation.
Get the Sesame Peanut Noodles recipe from Freshman in the Kitchen and see our interview with co-author Eli Sussman.