Learning to cook

I'm teaching a friend how to cook before she leaves for college. We've had a few disagreements on how this should be done. She wants to get a cookbook like 'the joy of cooking' and just follow the recipes. I have thought that it might be better to take things like boxed meals and change them up such as hamburger helper and adding crushed tomatoes. I was thinking that this way would be easier because she won't have access to a large storage area for all the basics etc. Thanks!

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