The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook

150 Cheap and Easy Gourmet Recipes

By Andrea Lynn

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I’m the author of two cookbooks: The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook, easing college students into the world of cooking via Trader Joe’s products and The Artisan Soda Workshop, delving into creating soda from scratch.

Turn Trader Joe’s affordable, easy-to-prepare foods into delicious meals—even if you’ve never cooked before.

The ultimate one-stop shopping guide, College Cooking at Trader Joe’s finally offers starving college students a welcome relief from microwave mash-ups, fast food fiascoes, and cardboard crust pizza delivery. Instead they whip up late-for-class breakfasts, backpack-friendly lunches, and as-hearty-as-mom-made dinners. And since all the ingredients come from Trader Joe’s, they’re both inexpensive and scrumptious. Whether the reader is a first-time chef or coed foodie, this is the perfect book to start them cooking. Each recipe—from fabulous finger foods to delicious desserts—has been thoroughly tested to guarantee it’s not only tantalizingly tasty but also easy to make when kitchen space, cooking utensils, preparation time, and chef’s attention span are in short supply. Designed to help shoppers recognize the best finds and reap the fruits of Trader Joe’s smart buyers, many of the recipes utilize Trader Joe’s signature products to create unique meals like chicken marsala, pulled-pork sliders, and spicy fish tacos.

These recipes are super easy to make, and you don’t need a bunch of pots and pans. Best of all, since every ingredient in every recipe is available at Trader Joe’s, you can get all your shopping done with one quick stop.

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Recent Press

small kitchen college:
“The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook was exactly what I needed to get out of my food funk.”

The Charlotte Observer:
“It’s the perfect dinner-in-a-pinch solution for busy parents.”

Interview with Andrea at St. Joseph News-Press Now

What’s Good at Trader Joe’s?:
“Today’s collegian need not suffer culinary woes—not even one who’s strapped for cash—not so long as he or she has a Trader Joe’s store nearby and The I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook in hand.”

Metro Times:
“The volume offers recipes for quick, easy, nutritious dishes that require only a hot plate or a good nuking — even for picky eaters.”

A Life of Spice
“While this book is written for college kids who do not have access to a lot of pots and pans and a full pantry, really it can be used by anyone who wants to put a good and fast meal on the table. I really liked Andrea’s combinations (wasabi flavored chicken, fish tacos with mango salsa, corn with taco seasoning and more) and her fuss-less approach to the recipes.”

Food Blogga:
“If you’re a college student, harried mom, single dude, or anybody looking for inexpensive, easy, and great-tasting recipes, do me a favor — skip the sad ‘meatless burgers,’ and get a copy of Andrea Lynn’s I Love Trader Joe’s College Cookbook.”

Peanut Butter and Jenny:
“As a collegiate myself and Trader Joe’s addict (aren’t we all?) I am really obsessed with this concept.”

ZipListLunch Twitter Chat with Andrea Lynn