College - Author 1

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Department - Author 1

Agricultural Education and Communication Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Agricultural Communication



Primary Advisor

Megan Silcott


This book was created by a Cal Poly student for Cal Poly students. I don’t claim to know anything about cooking, I am not a food science major, and I have never taken a formal cooking class. However, through trial and error, I have found recipes that work for me on a college budget and schedule.

The summer after my sophomore year, I went to live with my mom in Walla Walla, Washington. She subscribed to the food service Blue Apron, which would send a box once a week with 3 2-person meals. The recipes were always so fabulous… that summer I learned how to cook so many things I never would have otherwise. This experience fueled a new passion of mine, cooking. Though Blue Apron exposed me to all new foods and recipes, what I really took away were the basics of cooking. Pan-frying, oven-roasting, blanching, boiling, you name it. After that summer, I was able to take these lessons and formulate my own favorite recipes that work for me as a student. I don’t necessarily have hours to spend cooking, so if you’re like me, let this recipe book give you some ideas for nutritious eating in between social events and study times. Infused throughout are fun facts about local agriculture to make the book even more relevant to Cal Poly and to teach its readers about local farming!

Available for download on Tuesday, June 11, 2024