Dinner Made Simple
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.