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Cooking for One: A Seasonal Guide to the Pleasure of Preparing Delicious Meals for Yourself Paperback – April 16, 2011
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In many ways, this is just another collection of good recipes emphasizing the advantages of eating what's in season: asparagus in the spring, summer corn, etc. What makes it special is that everything is sized for one portion, rarely encouraging you to make leftovers (unless they appear in another form). That includes the grocery shopping list. Many of the recipes use cherry tomatoes, for instance, so you don't use half a tomato in one recipe and have the other half to use up (or watch it rot).
And the recipes are *excellent*. I made three dinners for myself. Ratatouille and polenta was awesome; I had a little ratatouille left over, which made a good omelet filling. I loved the simplicity of the oven roasted snapper with potatoes, tomatoes, and olives (though I used halibut, and substituted capers for the olives); basically it's a "shove it in the oven and go watch the baseball game until the timer goes off" meal. Poached salmon "au printemps" -- with green peas, chives, a hard-boiled egg, and beurre blanc -- was "only" very good. There's plenty more to explore, too, such as blackberry barbecued pork tenderloin with sweet potato salad, and desserts-for-one such as a peach-and-raspberry galette.Read more ›
I stumbled on this book at a local bookstore and put it on my Christmas wish list. Since getting it I've made 8 recipes from it -- the most I've ever made from one book. And so far I've loved 7 of the ones I've made. They're easy. They're tasty. The tips are good ones.
Best yet, what I didn't realize is that the book is broken down by season. Everything I've cooked has been in the "winter" section, making all the ingredients easy to find.
I also have not spent a fortune on ingredients, nor have I needed ingredients that really out there.
Highly recommend this book and about to look for others by these authors.
You can tell they've really made these recipes because they are practical and tasty.
My favourites include:
* Grilled Pancetta-wrapped Shrimp with Meyer Lemon Relish
* Middle Eastern Carrots
* Chicken with Apples and Prunes
* Buffalo Salisbury Steak
* Fried Shallots
* Baked Apple with Oatmeal Crunch.
I feel like this cookbook has really helped to make me a better cook. I bought it hoping to find some great recipes for one, without having to eat leftovers for a week, or get out a calculator and try to figure out how to decrease a recipe so that it only makes one or two servings. It's a little ironic that I am still doing the math, only now I'm doubling recipes so that I can serve these fabulous meals to family and friends.
I hope these two are already working on their next cookbook!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't waste your money - I thought this book would contain tips on shopping for one, planning, preserving ingredients etc. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book that is used all the time. I have a large picky family that's really don't like the foods I like so I often just cook a different meal for myself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PuraVida
Simplified my meal planning, and gave me a lot of new menu ideas. ThanksPublished 5 months ago by Ronald A Young
Yummy, doable recipes for one. I gained 5 pounds just reading it!Published 10 months ago by Marie J. Hoose
This book has lot sof great recipes for those of us who cook for one. All you have to do is double/triple the ingredients for guests or significant others, if you have guests or... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bryan Glover