Learn to cook - Top Tips - University of Derby

Learn to cook

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Try learning a new skill!

We know from experience that many students leave home without being able to cook a significant number of meals.

Trying to learn a new skill, like cooking, at a time in your life when so many other things are changing, can be difficult and can create additional stress.

Having a good diet is really important for your overall wellbeing and academic performance. Although the occasional pizza or kebab won't be the end of the world you should try eat healthily most of the time.

If you have not cooked much before you should practice at home before coming to university. A parent, carer, sibling or friend may be willing to teach you some tried and trusted simple recipes. Or you could try some of these recipe websites.

  1. http://www.studentrecipes.com
  2. http://www.yumyum.com/student/
  3. http://www.mnsu.edu/shs/healtheducation/bmc
  4. http://www.squidoo.com/studentfood#module53185422
  5. http://www.recipes4us.co.uk/Student%20recipes.htm
  6. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/recipes/favourites/cheap-eat/
  7. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/simple-recipes-for-college-students.html
  8. http://allrecipes.com/recipes/everyday-cooking/quick-and-easy/quick-and-easy-vegetarian/main.aspx
  9. http://www.onlinecollege.org/2009/10/13/100-delicious-dirt-cheap-recipes-for-the-starving-student/


Don't worry if things go wrong at first. Watching TV chefs can convince you that cooking is a magical process that you will never master. It isn't, it simply takes practice. The more you cook the better you will become, so get practising now.