hungry healthy student cook book - book review - fi

Following on from the success of The Hungry Student Cookbook comes its fitter and more health-conscious little sister – The Hungry Healthy Student Cookbook. Packed with hundreds of delicious and nutritious recipes, along with fitness tips and budgeting advice, this is the perfect student book. Forget all notions of clean-eating gurus and detox divas; this book is a no-nonsense and down to earth approach to eating healthier at uni. This is a little gem full of approachable recipes with takeaway alternatives, comfort foods made lighter and sweet treats galore.

The Hungry Healthy Student Cookbook comes as a breath of fresh air in a somewhat stale student-oriented market. Visually appealing and coherently laid out, the book is filled with sensible advice and delicious recipes, all of which are accompanied by attractive photography. Perhaps the most helpful element of the book is the affordability stamp assigned to each recipe; 1 denotes recipes to whip together in a pinch, 2 is given to slightly more expensive recipes, and 3 is for when you want to splash out on dinner to impress your friends!

The tips for fuelling your grey-matter throughout the exam months and keeping your immune system strong throughout the winter months are sensible. Although the inevitable Freshers’ Flu is bound to strike at some point, the pointers and recipes will make sure the effects are lessened. Mood-boosting snacks and exercises are listed to help keep the blues at bay.


It doesn’t matter if you’re going to bunker down in the library for the day, needing a snack between lectures or planning a dinner for a group of friends, there’s a recipe for every occasion. Breakfasts and lunchbox ideas are inspired and exciting – the perfect thing to make your 9ams that little bit easier. The content continues through to Healthy and Hearty; Good Grains; Beans and Pules; Super Salads; Snacks and Sides; Make it Light and Sweet Alternatives.

All the recipes are easy to follow and don’t break the bank, especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk. My favourite recipe from the book is the falafel with beetroot, carrot and spinach salad with mint yoghurt. Simple to put together in a flash it’s great for feeding to friends for an impressive lunch, or just taking out for a hearty snack. I must admit, the book pushed me out the door to hunt down a two kilogram bag of dried chickpeas, just to fuel my newly reinvigorated love of legume and pulse dishes!

Easy to follow, unpretentious and, above all, filled with delicious recipes, The Hungry Healthy Student Cookbook should be the number one book on every student’s reading list this academic year.

Clare Jenkins

Clare Jenkins

Clare is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker who has now been released into the wild.

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