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Serves One: Simple Meals to Savor When You're on Your Own Paperback – October 24, 2005
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Lydecker tells how to make Mini Meatloaf and Oven-Barbecued Pork Ribs, just the right amount of Chicken Fingers, even your very own Shellfish Steamer, a kind of clambake. Many recipes cook in 5 to 20 minutes. When stews and soups take longer, they don't need tending. If any cookbook will ever wean you off frozen entrees and instant mixes so you eat as well on your own as with family or friends, Serves One can do it. --Dana Jacobi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Even so, Toni's recipes are never intimidating, and their relative simplicity is surprising because the food still turns out delicious. Although Serves One isn't a health/dieting book, Toni keeps to the lighter side of food. I find that tendency is a nice alternative to the otherwise grease-laden diet of people eating on their own, who choose to order instead of cook. My single problem is with a few of the ingredients. Most people aren't going to keep Japanese sweet rice wine or Swiss chard around, but then again, this book is about treating yourself to something special.
And it can certainly be about treating others as well. So, even though I'm a fairly busy med school student, I don't keep to the title of Serves One but often double or quadruple the recipes for company. Some personal favorites: the grilled tuna with mango sauce, the one-pot bean and corn dinner, and the spaghetti alla carbonara. And even though some planning is required for making the homemade pizza dough, definitely try the grilled pizza with brie and arugula as well. Just saying the recipe title to a dinner guest will be impressive. But regardless of whether you have company or not, get yourself Serves One and get to treating yourself right.
But even with that caveat, I feel that this book deserves an extra star for its attempt to focus on the needs of an underserved American market : beginning and intermediate cooks who need (or want) to start cooking for themselves. For this audience, "Serves One" is a great choice, especially if they need to get started right away and can't wait to score a copy of "Going Solo In the Kitchen".
I am OK with the "averageness" of many of these recipes. I don't need gourmet cooking, I don't need bistro fare, I don't need Mario Batali cuisine. I can go to my local bistros for that. At this stage in my cooking career, I need simple, foolproof recipes that deliver decent results with a minimum of fancy ingredients, and I need them scaled for 1 or 2 servings so I don't waste time doing algebra in my head while I'm trying to master the basics of braising or sauteing...or else stuffing my refrigerator with more wasted leftovers than I'll ever be able to finish. I also want some variety, so I don't get bored with making the same 5 or 6 dishes again and again. It's OK if some of the food I produce is unexciting - whatever I cook and make for myself with 'Serves One" is bound to be cheaper, fresher, tastier and better for me than any pizza, takeout or drive through food around.Read more ›
One book that had good reviews was Serves One: Super Meals for Solo Cooks by Toni Lydecker. Available used for $4.00 including shipping (and 2 day amazon prime shipping at that!)
Leafing through it tonight I'm struck that there's no pictures and that there's a lot of filler. I mean really, a section on salads? I think we can figure out how to make a basic salad or a Caesar salad. Soups? From scratch..got plenty of those in all my "regular" cookbooks. On to the pasta dishes....First recipe is... spaghetti with butter and cheese...Hope this gets better.
Stove top cooking, first two of three are: Cooking a steak with pepper in it (seriously) and chicken fingers. OK so we're off to a very slow start and there's a lot of fillers in here.
But maybe there are some recipe's that I might actually try? Shellfish Steamer for one is promising, a Belgian beef stew that uses two bottles of dark beer? interesting....a mini-meatloaf or a single Cornish Hen ok so there's a few in here.
Things were looking up until I got to the section of sandwiches and then even found a recipe for french toast :(
My recommendation: You can skip this one (although at $4.00 I don't regret buying it)
I'll post a review on that belgian beer stew as soon as the weather gets a little cooler on my blog meals4one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After my kids left the nest and hubby died I found it was hard to cook for just me. I had always made for 5 or more. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Judy Owens
FAB, INFORMATIVE, REALLY SOME AWESOME RECIPES IN THIS BOOK, TRIED 2 OF THEM SO FAR, AND THEY TURNED OUT GREAT!!!Published 9 months ago by Penny D
Perfect Mother's Day gift for my husband's step mother. She said most if not all recipes are made with things normally kept in the fridge/pantry.Published 9 months ago by Wendy
The recipes are small but rather complicated. I had hoped for quick & easy, plus individual portions. Might be OK for someone who is interested in cooking?Published 9 months ago by William M. Lovins
Hard to follow, limited pictures for ease of choosing a recipe. Mostly in black and white.Published 11 months ago by Sara N Taylor