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Mark Bittman

If you’re a college student then it’s time to start packing your things and buying this year’s textbooks. As you prepare to return to school you may be moving into a new apartment, dorm room or sorority/fraternity house. If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchen to cook in, you’ll be looking for simple, easy recipes. Fridge and cupboard storage space is probably limited and a student’s budget means the kitchen is only outfitted with basic utensils and appliances. You would be doing good just to avoid ordering pizza every night, so trendy, cheffy recipes are out and affordable, satisfying recipes are in.

As a busy student, your iPad is the key to avoiding takeout and enjoying healthy, home cooked meals. Choosing the right apps will ensure you’ve got great resources for finding quick, easy, affordable recipes and executing them successfully. I’ve carefully searched the Appstore to create a collection of must-have cooking apps for college students. Keep reading to get my top five picks for scholarly foodies.

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Do you want to learn to cook but don’t know where to start? Mark Bittman’s Cooking Basics app takes the practical cooking style of his How To Cook Everything recipe app and applies it to the basic building blocks of understanding ingredients and mastering techniques. The most visual of all Bittman’s apps, Cooking Basics is rich in step-by-step photos and mouth-watering food photography. Preparing a meal is broken down into the smallest tasks, like how to toast spices or sear meat, so there can be no barriers to those who want to learn how to cook. If you’ve ever wanted to get in the kitchen but have been too intimidated to try, now is the time and this is the app you need.

Keep reading to learn more about this engaging cooking tool.

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