By chop -Posted on 16th Aug 2016  

a fun student cookbook

This is the 5th edition of NOSH FOR STUDENTS, a book originally inspired by the author’s son, Ben, who left for university with no cooking skills. Toasted sandwiches and Mars bars were his staple diet, but these didn’t serve him too well! What was needed to encourage him to cook was an easily attainable taste of home, oh, and pictures with every recipe! “Nosh for Students” was born. Since then, Joy has helped over 250,000 students get cooking with her straightforward and simple approach. Joy helps to take the chore out of cooking, giving students a taste of success and making the experience so much fun.


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  • Date Night or Treating Yourself? February’s Got You Covered! – Just Me and All Things In Between - […] recipe is adapted from one I found in NOSH FOR STUDENTS. I simply spread a thick layer of Philadelphia onto chicken fillets and sprinkle breadcrumbs on […]
    28 Feb 2019
  • #6 Bake a Cake – … - […] a recipe written by Joy May, an author who created the Nosh Books. I strongly recommend the student book she’s written as it is full of fab and easy recipes that have served me well in university, […]
    14 Nov 2017
  • Hannah - Hi Joy, just wanted to say I love your books. I left home at 17, not for university but to start my working life, and I had no idea where to start in terms of feeding myself. Your books really made everything easy for me and made cooking less of a chore. So thank you, I am 23 now and still use the recipes! X
    01 Sep 2017
  • University life: Groceries on a budget – hello birmingham - […] bookshop or have a look online and spend a bit of money on some student cookbooks. My favourite is ‘Nosh for Students’ because, as well as recipes, there is a section in the front with useful information like how long […]
    19 Jul 2017
  • Easy Student Recipes! – Schools and Colleges Ambassadors - […] plenty of recipes online, and the ‘Nosh For Students’ cookbook is a great buy too ( Below are a few to get you […]
    24 Nov 2016
  • The Nosh Team - Well Ben, this is splendid news, so glad you're enjoying the book, its is also a great way to make friends at uni too...cook for them!! :-)
    20 Sep 2016
  • Ben Shorrock - I bought this book a few weeks ago now before I started my new adventure to University in London. I have some knowledge on how to cook basic dishes, however what Joy has taught me is how in-expensive cooking can be. I especially love the shopping lists ranging from £18 to £20, these are really helpful. Thank you Joy for creating such a fun, easy to follow cook book, even my mum loves it!!!
    20 Sep 2016
  • Wet weather eats | Bristol Foodie - […] (even with a two year old) and a short baking time. My recipe is from my failsafe student cookbook, Nosh for Students. but there are tons of recipes online. […]
    21 May 2016
  • The Nosh Team - We are glad you like it Grace. share the wealth with your friends, they will love you for it!!
    09 May 2014
  • Grace Partington - Hi, I'm a first year student and just wanted to say how brilliant your book is. I have three different student cook books but this is the best by far. It has given me so many ideas and the recipes are tailored so well to students in terms of the simple ingredients involved and the idiot's guide to making things. Thank you so much!
    10 Apr 2014
  • The Nosh Team - Hi Philip, the book assumes that the basics are covered in a student kitchen so a hob and an oven, which if you don't have when you get to uni, you should have a word with your landlord. All halls will have these though. A microwave would also be good too, heating up left overs is a great way to save money. Like with the oven, most student houses will have one but if they don't have one, you can pick one up for under £60 on amazon, share the cost with your housemates and it won't be very much money, our advice though would be, do NOT buy a second hand one, microwaves can be dangerous if they are damaged or very old. Hope that helps Philip, ta Ben (The Nosh Team)
    24 Mar 2014
  • Philip - I bought Nosh for Students (Kindle edition) recently, as "preparation" for university. The book looks great and certainly inspires one to cook. I already tried a few at home and feel very confident about eating well! I had a clarification--the "All you need" page lists all the utensils necessary, but what about the kitchen appliances? I would find it very helpful to know this. Thank you!
    21 Mar 2014
  • The Nosh Team - Hi Melina, That is a difficult question to answer as ingredients are all different, so for example if you filled a mug with grated cheese it would weigh less than a mug full of water or sugar. If you have the Nosh for Students book on page 5 is picture of the mug we use in all the recipe we do. It is exactly to scale so if you find a mug the same size your recipes will work just fine. I guess if you really like a particular recipe then you could weight each mug quality and write the weight in your book. I have found (This is Ben here) that using mugs and not scales has helped me grasp the amounts better so when I don't have a book and need to cook something I can guess the quantities more easily, everyone is different though. Sorry it is not a definitive answer.
    09 Jul 2013
  • melina zachariou - Hi I love the recipes but would like to know how many grams in 1 mug as I prefer to weigh out on scales. Thankyou
    03 Jul 2013

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