I started living alone and cooking for one about 4 years ago after more than a half century of cooking for a large family - and it has been an adventure. I don't like eating the same thing meal after meal, frozen food is not particularly economical (and sometimes not so good) and I can hardly live on takeout since the available options where I live here in Vermont are pizza or pizza - or perhaps pizza.
I've adapted some of my favorite recipes. I can now make 5 biscuits instead of 14, make a killer 2-serving apple crisp and acquired some 7-inch pie pans so that I can bake a pie without throwing half away or worse, eating the whole thing. Still, I am always interested in expanding my repertoire and I had high hopes for Just Enough: Home Cooking for 1 or 2
The very first recipe in the book, Apple Oatmeal Coffee Cake, makes 4 muffins. (Most of the extensive bread section makes 4.) However, it calls for 1 tablespoon of whisked egg (about a half an egg) and 1/4 of a Granny Smith apple. Just what are you supposed to do with the rest? Every recipe in the Breakfast & Breads sections (about half the book) as well as the Dessert section is like this - 1 tablespoon of whisked eggs and minute amounts of things like salt and baking powder, amounts so small I don't have measuring spoons for them and would have to eyeball it. And you see the same thing in the entrées & sides chapters, where recipes call for 1/2 cup canned tomatoes, 1/4 cup of condensed soup, a couple of tablespoons of canned green chile . .
My bottom line - I can give away extra muffins or put them in the freezer, but what am I supposed to do with half an egg, the rest of an apple, the remains of a can of soup? I know good and well that despite my best intentions those odd bits would go into the fridge for "later" and then be forgotten.
I guess I'll just keep looking . . .