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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 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 approachable way. This book is perfect for young adults, but the recipes and tips would be beneficial to anyone who wants to learn how to add their own special twists, or “hacks,” to dishes."


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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 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 approachable way. This book is perfect for young adults, but the recipes and tips would be beneficial to anyone who wants to learn how to add their own special twists, or “hacks,” to dishes."

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    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 cookbook in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emmalita

    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 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 got this as an advance reader copy on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’ve had a lot of conflicting feelings about the book. On the positive side, it covers many kitchen fundamentals including food safety, cleaning, knife skills and how to read a recipe. As the book progresses, it builds on some basic recipes and evolves them as the reader’s skill, space and equipment grow. I appreciated that the authors encourage the reader to be creative and adapt recipes to what’s available and to taste. I liked the explanations of ingredients and the suggestions about how to put menus together. In addition to disliking the hacking conceit, I had a couple of other issues. One of the first things that struck me about this book was that the authors are assuming a certain level of wealth. I don’t mean luxurious wealth, but there’s an assumption that the reader will have access to a variety of groceries and equipment. The authors also make some cultural assumptions about what foods form the backbone of a diet. It’s a very white American diet. What I did find more problematic was the “Healthy Hack” on page 94 that recommended replacing butter with coconut oil. Coconut oil’s problems are well documented – very high in saturated fat (80%!!!!!!), and it’s benefits are dubious at best. I find it wildly irresponsible to declare coconut oil a healthy alternative when AT BEST it’s potential health benefits are not well documented and the American Heart Association, among others still identify it as unhealthy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chessa

    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, Your First 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, Your First Solo Apartment, etc - you don’t need to actually be a young person to gain knowledge, tips, and a general handle on cooking here. The book is very much like a “how to level up in the kitchen”, starting at ground zero. It starts with the absolute most basic things (scrambling eggs! toast!), and in each section gets a little more complicated. What I loved is that each section also adds on the next-level kitchen equipment you need - you’re not getting a huge overwhelming list in the beginning of EVERYTHING - you’re given smaller, more manageable lists along the way. Because really, if you’re just mastering toast, you probably don’t need a microplane grater yet, you know? The full-color photographs are fantastic - when you’re just starting out you really need that kind of visual aid to help you on your path to “am I doing this right?!” I also loved the little color “hack” bubbles that are on most recipes - everything from budget hacks (switch out the salmon for chicken) to spicy hacks (add 1/2-1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes). They’re on almost every recipe, which is great, because it helps the new cook learn to tweak a recipe to their taste/budget/ingredients on hand. If you have young adults in your life (or older adults that want to learn to cook but are afraid!) this is an excellent choice! I’ll be buying it for my kids.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    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. #Netgalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Simpson

    FRANKSTEIN IT 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Wells

    Great cookbook for the novice in the kitchen. Great gift for newlyweds, young singles or college students.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 you how to 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 you how to make it fancier, but again not necessarily any healthier. As an example, she has your make a batch of macaroni and cheese from a box and then hack it by adding ingredients like cream cheese, bacon, salsa, ham, spinach, crushed crackers (on top), etc. Some of these will make it tasty and original, although new cooks may make some unfortunate pairings. Most of them will not result in a healthy dish. Some color photos are provided and there's lots of basic information like what to stock in your pantry and how to do basic cooking techniques. No nutritional information is provided, and no talk about how to maximize the nutrition of your dishes. This seems like a real wasted opportunity for young people who may not know things like if you steam vegetables you'll retain a lot more of the vitamins, which fats are healthy and not, or what to add to dishes to up the protein, fiber or nutrients and still taste great. The book itself is colorful and easy to read, and includes lots of good basic cooking information like how to use knives or make a vinaigrette. This would make a good beginner cookbook for new cooks, although I would recommend pairing it with some healthier ones. It is not well suited for gluten free, vegan, paleo, etc. folks, and is another cookbook that seems to forget that quite a lot of people eat outside of the Standard American Diet these days (which is probably a good thing). It is certainly a good text for lots of beginner cooking skills and ideas, though. My rating system: 1 = hated it 2 = it was okay 3 = liked it 4 = really liked it 5 = love it, plan to purchase, and/or would buy it again if it was lost I read a temporary digital ARC of the book for the purpose of review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 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 been a good book if marketed as what it actually is. arc from the publisher

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    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 features 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 features here. First, no matter what skill level the reader has currently (including 'cereal for dinner' as they say in the book), there is usable information here. More advanced cooks can move on to relevant information for their skill level. The authors presuppose no familiarity with cooking, and whether you are learning at the beginning (scrambled eggs, tossing a salad, making vinaigrette) or more advanced, there are tips and suggestions. I loved the suggested pantry staples lists. They're useful, basic, and bare bones. I remember when I moved into my first apartment alone and found a pantry list (from a library book), it included things I'd never used, like capers. I've lived decades without looking at a caper or pickled artichoke heart. This book includes no-nonsense sensible ingredients lists which are easily sourced, inexpensive (except potentially the -good- balsamic vinegar which is a staple and quality counts), and easy to use. There are sections for dorm cooking, food safety (important!), first apartment pantry, cooking (with recipes), and a simple celebratory dinner menu, for a date night or convincing one's mother that nobody is in danger of starving to death since they moved away from home. Each of the recipes provides serving sizes, ingredients lists, step by step simple instructions as well as sidebar graphics with alternate preparation and ingredients to add some variation. None of the recipes include nutritional information (outside the scope of the book). Most of the recipes are pictured with serving suggestions such as dips, sides, etc. There are sidebars scattered throughout with 'hacks' for things like crushing garlic, spicing up your ramen with other seasonings (sambal oelek, gochujang, or harissa, all available at a well stocked international grocery store), and more. This would make a superlative addition to a 'moving out' care package for newly independent youngsters/singles/newlyweds, etc. I was impressed enough with the book that I am planning on buying one for each of my kids who are moving (or have moved) out on their own. Five stars. There's a lot to love here. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    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 the 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 the introduction is self-explanatory, but beginners might truly not have knowledge in the areas that are explored. This cookbook would be particularly useful for those just starting out. Hack Your Cupboard is designed to take ordinary dishes and amp them up with ingredients from pantry or fridge. There are beginner techniques, like making vinaigrette, which is followed by a salad recipe. There are tips enclosed in colorful oval shapes to make them pop off the page. I like how the author has taken the time to go through kitchen essentials, like knife skills, and explains about certain ingredients with regards to preparation. From basics like how to make grilled cheese or cook pasta, to slightly more complicated recipes like Chocolate Chip Cookies, the recipes themselves make sense for the target audience. The doom room section has many ramen dishes, for instance, or microwave recipes like Breakfast Bread Pudding and Simple Brownies. Each section runs through essential pantry items and helpful tips for success. The cookbook shows great ways to use premade ingredients, whether they are leftovers like rice, or purchased like rotisserie chicken. The recipes get more sophisticated as the book moves through the different sections, although I personally did not find the cookbook to be challenging. I like how the author goes through different techniques and beginners will benefit from the tutorials. Overall, Hack Your Cupboard is an ideal house/apartment/dorm gift and is one I would recommend to the target audience.

  11. 4 out of 5

    April Gray

    Ok, the title is a little misleading- I was expecting more of a "I've got this, that, and the other, what can I make?"- but that's okay. This is a good basic cookbook for teens, young adults, or anyone not that comfortable with cooking. It covers four basic kitchens: your family home's kitchen, before you've moved out; a dorm kitchen; a shared kitchen, like in an apartment/rented house with roommates; and a first kitchen of your own. The recipes move from very beginning cook to more experienced, Ok, the title is a little misleading- I was expecting more of a "I've got this, that, and the other, what can I make?"- but that's okay. This is a good basic cookbook for teens, young adults, or anyone not that comfortable with cooking. It covers four basic kitchens: your family home's kitchen, before you've moved out; a dorm kitchen; a shared kitchen, like in an apartment/rented house with roommates; and a first kitchen of your own. The recipes move from very beginning cook to more experienced, comfortable cook, and the kitchen pantry and gear recommendations evolve as well. There are also lots of good tips, like knife skills and kitchen safety, pantry lists for each type of kitchen, plus ideas for how to "hack" recipes by changing up ingredients to suit your tastes. One point of contention: the author mentions coconut oil being a healthy alternative to butter. While I have nothing against using coconut oil in moderation, there is no scientific proof of any health benefits, and it shouldn't be presented as being healthy; it's merely a different type of fat. This is a minor complaint, however. Overall, this would make a good gift for a newbie cook, either on its own, or in a gift basket/box with kitchen tools, non-perishable spices/ingredients, etc. #HackYourCupboard #NetGalley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Edna

    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 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 provides age-specific guidance for the kinds of environments you’re likely to be working in. What results is a book that you can take with you as you move on to ever-larger spaces and ever more ambitious meals, from the family pantry to a dorm room fridge, a first apartment, and beyond. With dozens of photographs as well as dream dinners for every level of chef, this is the cookbook for anyone who wants to break out of a kitchen rut without breaking too much of a sweat. WOW. I am seriously going to the market and start stocking up. I am loving the new ideas and products I personally have never tried. Easy new dishes to kick up the same old same. Love the photos as well. I will be buying the Hack Your Cupboard as well. Thank you, NetGalley for the advance copy to review!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    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 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 how to properly hold a chef's knife and how to chop. The recipes feature "hacks" such as budget hack, healthy hack, and gourmet hack. All of these add on or substitute the recipe at hand making them extremely versatile. From hacking ramen packs in your college dorm to searing up a teriyaki salmon in your first apartment, this cookbook has a lot to offer! I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Penmouse

    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 showing how to use kitchen equipment are invaluable and will 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 showing how to use kitchen equipment are invaluable and will help novice cooks learn their way around the kitchen. Their tips will help both novice and intermediate cooks too. Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    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 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 the pictures didn't always fit with the recipes. For example, there's a picture of fried rice tens of pages before a recipe for fried rice. But all of my complaints aside, I could see giving this as a gift to a high school grad as some easy recipes to make in a dorm room or a first apartment.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 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 follow. This would be a perfect gift for high school graduates on their way to college, paired with a grocery store gift card and maybe some cute measuring spoons or towels.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    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 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 of chopped peanuts"). I also really liked the graphics, fonts, and photos in this book. Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    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 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 fair and honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bookshelfhangover

    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 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 copy! I was given an ARC on Netgalley in return for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    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 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 really, really intimidating for a beginner.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara ☽

    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 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 these recipes in the very near future!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    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".

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Noble

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Verri

    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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Regine

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meg Dean

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Morris

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shari

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anissa

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