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As UEA unveils new student cookbook, we’re asking for your kitchen horror stories

PUBLISHED: 12:05 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:58 12 March 2014

'A Taste of UEA Residences' is the new cookbook for UEA students.

'A Taste of UEA Residences' is the new cookbook for UEA students.


As the University of East Anglia unveils a new cookbook for students, we’re asking readers for their kitchen horror stories.

Students past and present have had their culinary top tips immortalised in the new 65-page book, aimed at those getting used to life away from home.

Produced by the Dean of Students’ division, ‘A Taste of UEA Residences’ brings together the best in affordable, tasty and healthy meals to give a helping hand to those who may not have lived independently before, or shared a kitchen.

Now we’re asking readers for their own amusing memories of student kitchens or learning to cook for the first time after moving away from home.

UEA’s executive chef Giuseppe Longordo worked with head of university accommodation Paul Bailey to select 45 of the best recipes submitted. Designer Emma Bailey turned them into a colourful, stylish book, one of which will be placed in each on-campus kitchen for housemates to use as inspiration.

UEA’s head of accommodation Paul Bailey said: “Our aim was to provide a student cookbook for students that would enhance the culinary abilities and enjoyment of all our student residents and promote healthy eating and the use of local products. It was also important that all the meals could be made using the equipment we provide in UEA accommodation.

“The book has exceeded even our own expectations and provides a testament to the creativity and commitment of UEA’s diverse student population.”

‘A Taste of UEA Residences’ includes recipes for meals from across the globe, ranging from pasta, pizza and pies to curries and celebration cakes. There are recipe ideas for a wide range of dietary needs and budgets, from basic meals for students in a hurry to spreads that could grace a table in the most sophisticated of settings. Each recipe is introduced by the student who provided it and tells where and when they were in living in our accommodation.

As well as hard copies in each flat, every student will receive an electronic version of the book to make sure they don’t miss out on the recipes. For those students who need a little extra encouragement to test their skills, there is further cooking information and demonstrations on UEA’s Student Cooking online TV site, provided with partners Campus Life.

“We hope that this book will inspire students with a love of food and cooking and make it central to everyday life,” said Guiseppe Longordo.

To support the project, the book is available to the public to buy on campus.

To add your own kitchen horror stories, comment below, or email

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