Nisa Burns




Nisa Burns (Virginia Beach, VA)

Author of Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food


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  • What’s your Kitchenability? How to become best friends with your kitchen and feed yourself for life
  • Banana Cinnamon Waffles, Tropical Pineapple Chicken, Chicken Mole, and other easy meals to make in your dorm room
  • Cooking in a tiny (or nonexistent!) kitchen: Recipes, tools and appliances that suit your space

If freshman year came with an intro to cooking, more college students just might become lifelong healthy eaters.

But unless you’re in culinary school, you won’t get a crash course in “Kitchenability.” That’s where Nisa Burns, a spunky young chef and Internet sensation, comes in.

A culinary graduate of the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, Nisa’s easy, healthy  recipes have gained fans on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube nationwide. Her mission? To show college students how to become best friends with their kitchens in order to feed themselves for life, a process she calls becoming “Kitchen-able.” It’s about making cooking easy and natural, rather than intimidating and overwhelming.

To that end, Nisa shows students healthy, accessible alternatives to the cafeteria or drive-thru lane with her highly-anticipated cookbook, Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food, which comes with QR codes linking to Nisa’s popular how-to videos.

College readers will learn that it is just as easy (and tasty!) to make an Avocado Lettuce Wrap as it is to heat up a processed TV dinner – and usually cheaper, too. Kitchen newbies have Nisa as their guide in each of these recipes, which helps students cook quickly and healthfully on a college budget.

Kitchenability 101 offers shopping plans, supply lists, budgeting tips, skills and recipes for cooking in college spaces – including dorm rooms, apartments and houses. The QR codes link readers to Nisa’s online video demos for delicious dishes like Gnocchi with Pesto, Chicken Mole, Creamy Hummus Dip, and Dark Chocolate Cookies with Chocolate Mousse Filling.

Nisa lives in Virginia Beach, VA.



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