While typically college students stick to a diet of ramen noodles and fast food, one student cooks his own healthy food, and he has self-published his own cookbook of those healthy recipes.
Alex Williams, a senior music education major from Mansfield and a drum major of the Goin’ Band, has succeeded in publishing his own cookbook titled “No Money, No Time, No Problem.” The book is meant to help college students who are always on the go, Williams said.
The book includes a variety of recipes for breakfast, appetizers, entrees and desserts, Williams said. The meals are meant not only to be quick and easy, but also to be healthy, budget-friendly and time-efficient.
“We are college students,” Williams said. “We don’t want to gain weight. We don’t have time to cook, and we’re ballin’ on a budget.”
The recipes include tips and substitutions for consumers to use cheaper ingredients, if needed, Williams said. At the back of the book, one can find techniques, vocabulary and a wine-pairing section that add some of Williams’ personality to the book.
Williams said he began cooking at the age of 12 by attending a summer camp at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The camp allowed him to go into the resort’s five-star restaurants and learn from the chefs.
After that, Williams did not cook much and only baked with his mother during the holidays. In the past couple of years, Williams said he began meal-prepping and cooking for himself.
“I started to get more creative,” Williams said. “I was watching a lot of Food Network and trying to educate myself.”
Williams said he got the idea for publishing his own cookbook after someone suggested it to him. His mother had recently edited a cookbook while she was in England, and now the book is available all over the U.K.
Williams said he created the recipes, shot the photos and typed up the book, while his mother worked on the layout.
Emily Rich, a senior business finance major from Weatherford and an assistant drum major in the Goin’ Band, is a close friend of Williams. Rich said she thought Williams was crazy when she first heard about the cookbook.
“He’s one of the head drum majors for the Goin’ Band, so I was like, ‘How are you going to have time,’” Rich said. “It is such a big commitment.”
Rich said Williams proved her wrong, and she could not be more excited about the book. She plans on buying a copy as soon as she can.
Cooking is a side passion of Williams. He said he came to Texas Tech for the family and the music, but now he has found his own success in the world of food and publishing.
Williams said he wants other students to know how easy it can be to cook healthy meals. For Williams, cooking is soothing and almost meditative.
The recipe, Williams said, he receives the most compliments for are his scones.
However, Rich said her favorite were the roasted fig cupcakes.
“I wanted to have a huge variety, so for the entrees, I have recipes where you can take out the meat for vegetarians and vegans,” Williams said.
He said he wanted to include recipes that did not pack on the pounds but nonetheless gave consumers the essential nutrients.
People’s views on health and cooking is skewed, Williams said. People do not know what they should be eating, and they often assume buying a Big Mac for $3 is cheaper than cooking one’s own meals.
“Buying all that take-out food is much more expensive than buying bulk ingredients and making a bunch of meals from that,” Williams said. “People need to get back in the kitchen.”