Review of The College Vegan Cookbook


The College Vegan Cookbook

Heather Nicholds

Rockridge Press

April 9, 2019


Vegan Goes to College

Cooking space, prep time, ingredient stocking, cost… it can be hard being a vegan in college. The College Vegan Cookbook makes it easy for you to ace your diet―even in the dorms―with simple, healthy, and fresh vegan dishes.

Forget about fake meat. This vegan cookbook features 145 modern, whole food recipes designed with college life in mind. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a full kitchen or you’re stuck with a hot plate on your dresser, The College Vegan Cookbook will have you preparing affordable vegan meals you’ll love.

The College Vegan Cookbook includes:

  • WHOLE FOODS, GREAT TASTES―Create delicious vegan plates using real ingredients―not processed substitutes.
  • 145 FAST AND EASY MEALS―Choose from simple and tasty recipes, including Blueberry Oat Muffins, Ramen Noodle Bowls, Barbecue Cauliflower Wings, and Microwave Brownie Mug Cakes.
  • VEGAN ON A BUDGET―This vegan cookbook makes your money go further with serving costs for every recipe, plus tips like supplementing your pantry from the cafeteria.

When it comes to great ideas for plant-based meals, The College Vegan Cookbook makes the grade.

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The College Vegan Cookbook by Heather Nicholds, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, is a great cookbook for students going off to college or new graduates who might be cooking on a budget and are or are becoming vegan.

Nicholds has created recipes that use a few basic ingredients, especially regarding the use of herbs or spices. She also offers suggestions about what kinds of, again, very basic kitchen tools the college vegan will need. Likewise, she offers advice if the student is on a meal plan and what kinds of foods to enjoy.

Among the recipes are the typical smoothies for breakfast, which I typically disdain, but might find myself trying because of the ingredients. Despite the minimal ingredients, I thought many of the recipes sounded very promising, especially the curries, southwestern dishes, and the desserts. Some of the highlights for me were the Banana Bread Rice Pudding (breakfast), Pumpkin Spice Smoothie, Savory Chickpea Omelet Cups, Hot & Sour Tofu Soup, Coconut Curry Soup, Smashed White Bean Sandwich, Toasted Sesame Cabbage Stir-Fry, Deconstructed Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, and Spiced Apple Chia Pudding to name more than just a few. 🙂

All of the recipes have a cost per serving, which might be useful.

After the recipes comes a section on Cooking and Food Prep that I think is a great addition. I’ve recently become aware of how many college-age and older individuals have no idea of how to cook. This section should certainly help with that.

While I don’t usually mind if a cookbook doesn’t have pictures with every dish, this one has very few whatsoever and I know that matters to some people.

All-in-all, I think this is a great book for the college-bound vegan or recent graduate and maybe even for someone who is considering going vegan but wants to do it on a budget.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


4 out of 5 butterflies


10 thoughts on “Review of The College Vegan Cookbook

  1. Thanks for the review. This sounds good for my grandson who just graduated from college and is on his way to grad school.

  2. Thanks for this review. My husband and I got a cook book called Fuss Free Vegan by Sam Turnbull and we are making lost of recipes from it. We are amazed at how good they taste. So I am sure this cookbook you have reviewed is the same. We are not entirely vegan but I cannot eat any dairy. And we are also starting to move toward being more vegan.

    1. I am not vegan but vegetarian. When I first started, I was amazed by the veggie dishes/entrees cooked by people who knew what they were doing. I’ll have to check put Fuss Free Vegan. Thanks!

  3. Thank you for reviewing this. I am vegetarian and am currently looking for things to make cooking and eating easier for me in college. I will have to check this book out.

    1. All the best. I think that many universities are making it much easier for vegetarian students. This book is also good about showing a vegetarian the ways to survive on cafeteria food, etc.

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