Back to the original question!
Most any decent tent will work, if it is setup correctly. If it isn't really sturdy it will need some kind of wind block, and extra tie downs. Use you car, or your neighbor's truck, etc. One advantage of being in a group, it acts as a big collective wind block. Or get a really solid tent, like a Kodiak or Springbar.
Good stakes are important. Rebar is not required, I wouldn't even recommend rebar for a normal tent. I use military stakes:
Much easier to use than rebar, and they hold great. Get good stakes and bring a 3lb one handed sledge. Whack them a few times and they will pull out without much trouble.
Shade is important, but even a heavy duty silver tarp over your tent will help in the mornings; but not much during the rest of the day. 2011 was so mild shade wasn't that big a deal; but some years it is absolutely a requirement. No matter what people say, good EZups will hold up on the playa. But they need to be secured well, might need additional guy lines, etc. But it needs to be a good solid EZup, not the cheap ones.
You can do Burning Man without cooking. Tortillas, lunch meat, cheese, fruit, etc. But a small one burner propane stove and one pot doesn't take much room, and you can have soup, etc. Bring a chair, a little folding table, etc, and make a little porch in front of your tent. Since ice is available a cooler full of food can easily last a week. Keep the cooler off the ground and don't put the fruit in the cooler!
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