He, She, and Phe: Dorm Cooking


Hello prospective students, confused current students, and lost surfers of the web. Welcome to He, She, and Phe: Dorm Life at Brown, where I address your questions about the most ubiquitous aspect of college living. My name is Justin Ferenzi, and I’m here to help shine some light on the rollercoaster ride that is dorm life.

To begin: I have gotten through college thus far without once having eaten a single Ramen noodle. It’s totally possible–I repeat, totally possible–to maintain healthy and/or delicious cooking habits while living in the dorms at Brown.

Most dorm buildings are equipped with communal kitchen and lounge areas. None of the appliances are more than a few years old, and ResLife provides a large selection of pots, pans, and utensils. And, if you’re lucky, the last person who used it might have even cleaned it, too.

Getting ingredients isn’t terribly difficult, either. There’s a CVS and a few tiny grocery stores very close to Brown, and a Whole Foods that’s only a 20 minute walk down Waterman Street. It’s always fun to make that trek with your friends (or splitting an Uber in the colder months). Some people go “Ratty shopping,” stocking up on food from the dining halls for a more economical way of using food.

It’s easy as well to come up with a sort of co-op system between your friends and hallmates. Chip in to buy ingredients, take turns cooking meals, wash up together–it can be a lot of fun.

So don’t fear the stereotypes of food in the Dorms. Other blogs on this website deal more extensively with food at Brown; check those out, too! But for now, just know that at Brown it’s super easy to keep up with your cooking habits, or to start forming them if you never cooked before college.

Bon appetit!

When Justin Ferenzi isn’t blogging, he’s obsessively refreshing his email account for blogging-related correspondence. For any and all questions about dorm life at Brown, don’t hesitate to send a message to justin_ferenzi@brown.edu


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