Everybody knows that guy who just graduated from college and still hasn't graduated from TV dinners. Well, they say it's better to teach a man to deep fry than to give him KFC.

1. Alton Brown's Good Eats: The Early Years and Good Eats 2: The Middle Years; $22.50 each If there's any pair of cookbooks that'll make life easier for dudes trying to figure out how to make edible stuff they can stab with a fork and shovel into their mouths, it's Alton Brown's Good Eats series, which covers everything from tools to techniques to recipes. [Amazon]


2. Zojirushi Rice Cooker; $133 There's a reason basically every person in China and Japan have one, and why Roger Ebert (yes that Ebert) wrote a whole cookbook dedicated to rice cookers: They're awesome. You insert water and rock hard rice. Suddenly, you have a million of something to eat, to paraphrase the late, great Mitch Hedberg. The Japanese models are the best. [Zojirushi]


3. Back to Basics egg-poaching toaster; $26 Unitasking gadgets are a waste of space and money, says Alton Brown. Every appliance should fulfill at least two functions: ergo, the egg-poaching toaster. And who doesn't love an Egg McMuffin wannabe whenever they feel like it? [Amazon]


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4. Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler; $95 George Foreman is rightly more famous for his grill these days than his boxing. Everybody knows how to use them: Plop a hunk of meat in the middle, like a metal sandwich. Heat until done. Unfortunately, his brand-name griddles are a little limited—so this 5-in-1 griddle from Cuisinart fits the bill, while allowing for potential growth of kitchen of skills, like making Waffle House-style grub one day. [Amazon]


5. ChefStack Pancake Maker; $5,000 It's an automatic pancake machine. [ChefStack]


6. Single serving blender; $16 Is there anything better than consuming food out of the same container you made it in? No. And everybody knows how to make smoothies. Even babies. [Amazon]


7. Brooklyn Brew Shop beer making kit; $40 The people who built the pyramids subsisted on beer, according to Iain Gately's excellent Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol. I don't see how that can't apply today. While a dude might be reluctant to learn how to cook, I have the feeling he'll be more than up to making beer. [Brooklyn Brew Shop via NY Mag]


8. Rubbermaid containers; $15 The oldest survival trick in the book: Have your mom (or grandma) cook stuff for you. These'll keep all that food from rotting. [Amazon]


9. Batter Blaster; Prices vary It's ready-made delicious pancake batter. Out of a can. And it can taste like bacon. Put another way: It's the affordable alternative to the ChefStack. [Batter Blaster]


10. Splatter screen; $16 Nothing destroys one's will to cook like getting doused with skin-melting cooking oil. A splatter screen might keep them behind the pan. [Amazon]


11. Cook Zen Microwave Pot; $33 Yes, this is really a pot for a microwave. And yes, it's awesome. The way it cooks, says Serious Eats, is like "the intersection between a pressure cooker and a steamer." The only catch is that you'll want one of the $15ish cookbooks to go with it, but you're talking about (sorta) serious cooking by shoving a pot in a microwave. [Cook Zen]