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Hack Your Cupboard: How to Make the Best of Every Kitchen (No Matter How Small)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Hack Your Cupboard is a lighthearted but comprehensive cookbook that teaches young adults how to gain the confidence in the kitchen to cook creatively. It guides curious young chefs from their home kitchen into the dorm room, then onto their first shared kitchen, and finally to their own solo space. Full-page, full-color images bring the recipes to life but are shot in an ...more
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Published June 7th 2016 by Pulp/Zest Books
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sporting great photographs and very approachable recipes, this is the perfect cookbook for emergent cooks!

It's broken down into three sections: recipes for those headed to college, living with someone else, and lastly, solo cooking.

I would very much recommend this as a high school graduation gift and plan to give away a few copies next Spring!

Thank you Alyssa Wiegand, Carla Carreon, Lerner Publishing, Zest Groups and NetGalley for giving e a PDF of this cookbo
To start, I have to say that I hate the title. As a curmudgeon, I think that using trendy buzzwords in your title is off-putting and will age both badly and quickly. In addition, I think it’s misleading. A hack is creating a shortcut or workaround. That covers about half the book, but the book is really about developing and building on kitchen skills. The book takes the reader from still living in their family home through dorm room cooking, the first shared kitchen, to the first solo kitchen. I ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, netgalley
I wasn’t sure about this book at first - I think what I expected was more riffs on pantry/staple meals for the home cook. That’s not what this book is, and my knee-jerk reaction was to be annoyed.

HOWEVER! What this book IS is a fantastic road map for the either the young person moving out for the first time AND/OR the very very novice cook that feels overwhelmed even stepping foot in the kitchen.

Though it’s broken up into helpful sections like Your First Kitchen, Dorm Room Dining, Y
Lauren Paletta
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating collection of recipes and tips to create meals from what you have hanging out in your cupboard, pantry and fridge. Helps you when you are in a bind for dinner, especially when you don't have money or the time to buy all those fancy ingredients that recipes call for. Especially when it is an expensive item that you will only use once! gosh I hate that.
Great collection that takes you from college to your first home.
Sharon Simpson
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

That's the phrase I use at my house for kitchen hacks. SO much to love about this cookbook. Bright, cheery, informative with lots of pictures. BUT, not for a seasoned cook. I would highly recommend for new chefs, college students or folks who can't get out of a rut. For me a fun book to gift but not add to my collection.
Dawn Wells
Great cookbook for the novice in the kitchen. Great gift for newlyweds, young singles or college students.
Alicia Bayer
The first thing you should know about this cookbook is that it's really designed for teenagers and college kids who are just learning how to cook. It's laid out in three sections depending on whether you live with a roommate, in a dorm, in your first apartment, etc.

It's a pretty good primer if you want to make standard, fairly unhealthy but nice tasting American food and have no food allergies. Think grilled cheese, pasta with salt and parmesan, stuff like that. Then the author tells
Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
The marketing for this book is pretty misleading. I was hoping for a book about inventive ways to create meals using whatever you have on hand, but this is really a Cooking 101 for young adults who don't even know how to scramble eggs or make a grilled cheese. (Yes, literally, these are covered.) It would be a nice gift for someone going away to college, but not so useful for a 30something mom like myself who's been feeding herself and others for quite a while. Overall disappointed. Would have b ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Hack Your Cupboard is a tutorial guide for cooks who are learning their way around the kitchen as well as for readers who want to change up their standard 'what should I cook tonight' menus to make them a little less boring, with the ingredients available on hand.

Due out 1st Oct 2019 from Lerner on their Zest Books imprint, it's 208 pages and will be available in ebook, paperback, and library bound formats.

There were several really neat feat
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lerner Publishing Group and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Hack Your Cupboard: Make Great Food With What You've Got. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

The cookbook is divided into sections like: Your First Kitchen, Dorm Room Dining, First Apartment Dining, and First Solo Kitchen. With important tips for first timers in the kitchen, Hack Your Cupboard is designed to reach those who are new to cooking for themselves. Much of
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s not always easy to try out a new recipe, especially when the risk of failure brings with it the risk of a hungry night at home. But sticking to what you know and love can get pretty boring after a while. So what’s a lazy, cash-strapped chef to do? Well, with the help of Hack Your Cupboard, you can grab whatever’s handy (ramen in a pinch) head to your pantry, and get to work! After a discussion of what food storage areas typically have (and what they ought to have), each section of the book ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hack Your Cupboard will make the perfect gift for beginner cooks heading off to college. The cookbook is separated into 3 main categories: College Cooking, First Apartment (w/roommate) Cooking, and First Solo Kitchen Cooking. All of the recipes are easy to. T follow with very minimal ingredients that are easy to find. Each section has a basic intro of how to properly stock their kitchen with recommendations on tools and pantry items. There are mini lessons scattered throughout to teach the cook ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hack Your Cupboard by Alyssa Wiegand, Carla Carreon is a gem of a cookbook. The two authors cleverly show how to whip up delicious meals using pantry ingredients. I especially loved their tips for college students on how they could keep a small pantry to prepare quick dorm meals.

Some of the recipes you'll find in their cookbook include:

Sliced Avocado toast with Olive Oil
Simple Brownie
Drop Biscuits
Baked Brie
Teriyaki Salmon

The photos show
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I was provided a free early reader copy by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. The title of this book is deceptive. I thought it was about making meals only using standard ingredients from your pantry. While some of the recipes follow this pattern, it really is a cookbook for readers who either aren't familiar with cooking or need a confidence booster. I disagree with their method of cinnamon toast, but hey, to each their own.
Besides the title, the main thing that bothered me was that
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a title like Hack Your Cupboard, I expected this book to be filled with creative ways to use the everyday ingredients you have on hand to create something delicious. While it wasn't necessarily that it IS an excellent first cookbook for beginners. There are some great ideas, including some really neat ramen flavoring combinations that I look forward to trying, and tons of tips on how to stock your dorm/pantry and basic techniques. The pictures are bright and uncluttered, pages are easy to f ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a really great beginner's cookbook. It's great for new cooks as it teaches a lot of basics, but also offers more advanced information once you get comfortable in the kitchen.

It has sections for building a pantry, microwave recipes, how to roast/pan-fry/saute, and more. The authors include a lot of tips and variations, which are awesome, as well as information on how to actually read a recipe, which many people don't know (for example, "a cup of peanuts, chopped" is different from "a cup
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a good book for the new cook. It has good illustrations and is divided into three sections. Heading to college is the first, it is good if your have an apartment with a kitchen or a dorm room you can cook in. Section 2 is perfect for a newlywed or for roommates on a budget. Finally the last section is good for 1 person cooking. Most of the ingredients are common items found in most pantries. Great gift for a college student or newlywed. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fai ...more
The first thing that came to my mind about this cookbook was that it was cute! I know! It isn't your normal cookbook. This is made for your first kitchen, dorm living, first apartment dining and first solo kitchen. I am not either one of those. This is a book I would buy someone who is moving out on their own, or maybe even my pre teen who likes and wants to be in the kitchen. It also explains to you what some kitchen equipment is and techniques. I enjoyed reading this book and I want a hard cop ...more
Hack Your Cupboard by Alyssa Wiegand & Carla Carreon is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September.

Eye-popping color with a melange of retro fonts, the recipes start off easy, then ramp up as you begin adulting and your pantry & range of technique expands (i.e. piecing what ingredients and seasonings match, then adopting variations to amp up the flavor). It's best to take each recipe as it is, one at a time, as skimming through this book from beginning to end might appear seem r
Sara ☽
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the chance to read and review, "Hack Your Cupboard" by Alyssa Wiegand, Carla Carreon. This is the perfect cookbook for someone who is new to cooking. It has great pictures and a lot of helpful cooking advice along the way. Recipes are easy to read and understand. I am at the beginner level of cooking so this book really speaks to me. I have always found cooking to be overwhelming and complicated. This book simplifies it. I am really looking forward to trying ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hack Your Cupboard... a simple recipe collection for basic chefs using standard household ingredients. No frills. Nothing special. Not flavored with spices. Good for a high schooler or college student on their own for the first time, just learning how to cook. Teaches knife skills, how to boil pasta, how to saute, pan-fry, and roast. Title should be "Cooking for Kindergarteners" or "ABCs of Your First Kitchen".
Michelle Noble
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent cookbook that is good for the novice to the experienced cook. It starts with simple basic cooking techniques like scrambled eggs or cinnamon toast to a fancy dinner. I particularly love the college dorm hacks. I'm an experienced cook, but I learned a couple of cutting techniques. The recipes are delicious, and utilize ingredients from your kitchen that are generally on hand. My favorite recipe is the granola. It's cheap and easy to make.
Jennifer Verri
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book!! This would be a great book to give a college kid (I immediately purchased for mine) or someone moving out of the house the first time. It explains different techniques and recipes that are thorough! Easy to cook recipes that are simple and inexpensive. I will be buying for gifts a lot.
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