Doerfer's main strategies are to use fresh ingredients and to make friends with supermarket staff who can accommodate her needs in the land of large families. She gives detailed advice on storing foods--cooked chicken, for example, tastes better and has better texture when stored in liquid (like a sauce or broth), while potato salads and other prepared dishes keep better longer when left unsalted until just before serving.
Solo cooks do have advantages: you can eat what you want, as often as you want it, and the cost of a steak or lobster dinner is only for one.
Doerfer offers variations for recycling in case of leftovers. Her description of how to cut up a whole chicken is graphically clear (see "Chicken Management") and will save you money.
The recipes and techniques Doerfer offers will brighten the lives of solitary diners who love variety, good food, and home cooking. She provides recipes for everything you might want, from Chicken Noodle Soup to elegant Halibut with Asparagus, Cream Scones, perfectly cooked rice, and fresh, hot berry pie, made in just the right way for one. --Dana Jacobi
well written and useful I especially like the hints and alternative suggestions for leftovers. As an older person it sure comes in handy.Published 23 days ago by cajunboi
This is a good reference for me. It is a constant source of good recipes, with the amounts already cut back to serve one.Published 1 month ago by Noel Rappe
This is a perfect cookbook for a beginning chef. I enjoyed the recipes, the tips, and the suggestions. It has made me a more confident cook.Published 1 month ago by Stacey J Parson
After using this book religiously for a year, I consider myself a real cook. I am a single man with a healthy appetite and usually have to triple all the recipes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim
I've made several recipes from the book and they are wonderful. What is truly helpful though is the beginning of the book about how to setup a Single Kitchen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol Bowser
I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to cook an actual meal for just one person. Easy to read, easy to follow and great ideas. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carolyne Horton
made for we who are single or who eat alone regularly. Because it's too hard to scale down moms infamous meatloaf to just one serving, and who wants to eat meatloaf every meal for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by someguy
Purchased this book for gift for a single friend. She told me that there were many good recipes that didn't need a lot of fancy ingredients and she also liked the tips that were... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Secondhandlab
I love the idea of being able to cook for just one person, it makes things so much easier :)Published 12 months ago by TLayne