Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide

Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Meals
By Nisa Burns

Kitchenability 101

Gift Guide Age Recommendation:  10+


Kitchenability 101 by Nisa Burns is a fantastic cookbook geared towards college students. But, I think it would be well received by any child who likes to cook or the novice chef looking for a great introductory book.

What’s so great about the cookbook? For starters, ever single recipe has a full color photograph which makes it excellent for someone starting out in the kitchen. It also gives an excellent tutorial that walks the reader thru a basic kitchen, the appliances, the techniques needed to prepare a meal, cooking terminology, staple items to keep on hand, and an overview of meal planning. I wish this cookbook had been around when I left home for the first time. Not kidding. I had way too many meals of canned soup and pizza in my early years.

I had a hard time selecting which recipe I wanted to prepare from Kitchenability 101. The Chocolate-Drenched Marshmallow Brownies called my name early on (I started reading in the Party! section. Please, don’t judge). Then I found the Chili Burritos and remembered all the meals I ate out of a food cart in college. I almost picked the Strawberry Crepes because they use Nutella and I LOVE Nutella. But, 30 minutes into my love obsession with this cookbook and its layout, I settled on Gnochi with Pesto. It’s simple. It’s elegant. And, Nisa Burns didn’t wimp out and tell you to grab a jar of your favorite pesto. It has a recipe for homemade pesto. Yum!

Pesto Gnochi


For those who think a college student couldn’t afford this type of cuisine, the whole recipe cost me less than $25 and I had enough pesto for a whole package of gnocchi, a whole package of tortellini and I still have enough pesto for another box or two of pasta or gnocchi.  I consider this very economical since pesto keeps well in the fridge and freezer!  

Where to Buy

For $14.46 you can purchase this delightful book at Amazon.

For More Information

Please visit Nisa Burns’ Website.

Reviewed by: Nicole

Note: PR by the Book graciously supplied me with a copy of Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food for review. No other compensation was received. The review in this post is honest and my own.

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