By Real Simple
Updated April 22, 2016
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As the new couple builds their new home together, let this cookbook be their guide in the kitchen. Each chapter focuses on one ingredient—from butternut squash to salmon—to give the novice chef the best shot at mastering the basics. In addition to easy-to-follow recipes for appetizers, main courses, dessert, the book also features kitchen cheat sheets (recipe conversions and baking sheet math) to help the happy couple become pros in no time. To buy: $15, amazon.com.
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When the novelty of the dining hall wears off and your college freshman starts to crave a taste of Mom or Dad's home cooking, this cookbook will help him craft his own meals. Each chapter focuses on one ingredient—from sirloin to tomatoes—to help the novice chef feel more comfortable in the kitchen. The book includes easy-to-follow recipes for appetizers, main courses, and dessert, as well as indispensable kitchen cheat sheets.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.