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Special Dinners for Two (Easy Recipes from Scratch Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nicole L'Esperance , Marie L'Esperance , John Sailors
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Cook an impressive and stress-free romantic dinner for someone special with this impressive collection of easy dinner recipes for two. Special Dinners for Two features classic, retro favorites, such as Chicken Cacciatore, Caesar Salad, Pavlova, and Chocolate Twice-Dipped Strawberries.

All recipes call for fresh, all-natural ingredients, and very little salt, to create an easy, satisfying dinner for special occasions. Many of the recipes are even quick and easy enough to cook and eat on busy weekdays with your family. Recipes are tailored for two to four, but all can easily be doubled to serve larger groups. Some can even be frozen and reheated for busy weekday meals.

This collection of easy dinner recipes for two includes:



1. PHOTOS of EVERY RECIPE so you know what it looks like before you cook. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case flavors and aromas!



2. DONE-FOR-YOU MENUS: The book lists a total of seven recommended menus highlighting the recipes in the book, providing stress-free planning.



3. COOKING TIPS to make it extra easy: The recipes comes with tips, such as a "How to Melt Chocolate," substitution ideas, and suggestions for alternate ways to serve a dish.



4. THIRTY-SEVEN DELICIOUS RECIPES with step-by-step instructions. Even complete beginners or cooks who insist "I swear I burn every dish" can do it. From appetizer ideas and healthy salads to entrees and delicious desserts, this book shows how to cook dishes such as Stuffed Pork Medallions, Chicken Saltimbocca, Baked Sole in a Light Cream Sauce, and mouth-watering specialties as Bacon-Wrapped Mushrooms and Minty Chocolate Molten Cake.



5. The BEST CAESAR SALAD RECIPE YOU'VE EVER TASTED. Not only can it turn enemies into friends, fighters into lovers, but it can even turn ho-hum cooks into rock stars in the kitchen. It's that good.

Cooking a romantic dinner for two doesn't have to be stressful or unhealthy -- and it shouldn't be: A delicious gourmet meal should be nearly as fun to cook as it is to eat, any day of the week, and this book shows you how to make that happen.

Cook with love and eat well!

Pick up your copy of Special Dinners for Two: Easy Recipes from Scratch and get cooking . . . and eating!


Editorial Reviews

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Reached #4 in all Kindle eBooks within one week (on Feb. 4, 2012)!
#1 Cooking, Food, and Wine > Special Occasions
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#1 Books > Crafts, Hobbies, and Home > Entertaining

"Whenever you have two generations of family come together for a cookbook, you know the results are going to be amazing... this book is no exception." ~Bryan J. Bowers

" . . . the best part for me are the suggested menus the authors include in the back of the book. Hint... menu #5 is amazing!" ~A.Pea

"The authors manage to bring the elegance of a traditional cookbook to the Kindle, photos and all. I also like it that they cooked the dishes themselves and took their own pictures." ~J. Sailors

" . . . this one has amazing formatting AND pictures for each recipe taken by the authors. Wow!" ~Shelley Lynne

Product Details

  • File Size: 1259 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Two Green Onions Studios, Inc; 4 edition (January 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072XOCA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Awesome February 2, 2012
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I was absolutely charmed by the introduction and their philosophy about cream and butter makes sense to me. (Meaning it's a philosophy that allows me to eat butter and cream occasionally. Yum.)

The recipes are clear, the photos are lovely and realistic, and the book is formatted well with bold text and hyperlinks to make things clearer and easier to navigate. The tips are helpful, as well. Many of the recipes are indeed better suited for "special" meals where one can take some more time, but some could fit easily into my regular cooking rotation. Technically speaking, as an experienced home-level cook (not "accomplished"), I wouldn't hesitate to try these. Had I read these when I was more inexperienced, I think I would have been comfortable trying them.

The food itself sounds delicious and most recipes have a variation or two on ones I've seen before. I hadn't seen that particular version of cacciatore, and I'm definitely trying it soon.

The title says "Special Dinners for Two," but some recipes indicate they make more than 2 servings (although information and suggestions on leftovers are provided). I also almost skipped this book because I am usually cooking for more than two. Maybe this release is for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, but I think a less specific title would be more appropriate. I'd hate for this book to be missed because someone isn't interested in "dinners for two."

I think it's a good resource for planning a special meal, and it's definitely something I would use for that purpose, right down to the menus. I also think I am going to pull a few recipes out and put them into general use soon - those butter twists sound really tasty, and I need a side dish idea for tonight!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome book! February 2, 2012
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I love that these recipes are from "scratch". I often balk at any recipe that tells me to use something pre-made or pre-packaged.
This recipe book was obviously put together not only with an exceptional attention to detail but with a lot of love as well.
They have interlinked recipes, making it easy to jump to items that go well together and also give complete meal suggestions.
The accompanying photos make this book irresistible.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just In Time For Valentines Day January 31, 2012
By Kat
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What a great cookbook! If you have been meaning to designate a "date night" with your significant other, this book gives you tons of possible menus. The Broccoli and Cheese Pie recipe has ALL of our favorite things in it and that will be the first one we try. Love the tips and the menu suggestions. Great find.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! February 4, 2012
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It is obvious that there was a lot of care and attention in creating this recipe book. It is beautifully laid out and the pictures are gorgeous. The recipes look very inviting! This is the type of book I would love to have a hard copy of.

Great collection of recipes that can be scaled up for a larger amount of servings. Prep and cooking time is supplied and the tips for each recipe are very helpful.

Chicken Cacciatore and Buttery Peas with Slivered Almonds look delicious and will be the first I will make. Of course the Minty Chocolate Molten Cake is on the list too!

Fabulous idea to create sample menus. No thinking required! Perfect!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real & Yummy January 30, 2012
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This book is great. It includes recipes like bruschetta and chicken saltimbocca that I love but have never attempted to make myself. Now I will! I like that the recipes don't try to use artificial sweeteners or processed cheeses. This is real food. And of course, as a single woman, I love that the recipes are for two--perfect for my boyfriend and me. I also like all the pictures. Some (though not all) of the recipes go nicely with the low-carb eating plan I usually follow (bruschetta notwithstanding). The tips at the ends of the recipes also lend a little extra to each one. I can't wait to try that Caesar Salad recipe. If you like real food, check out this cookbook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book with excellent recipes! February 10, 2012
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I love to cook and one of my fav things is Ceasar Salad with Anchovies, so I had to get this cookbook. I wasn't disappointed. Beautiful pictures of each recipe and very clear instructions. And the Ceasar Salad.... turned out perfect, just as I like it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for the kitchen January 30, 2012
By J. KUHN
Format:Kindle Edition
Really great addition to my kindle iPad app. The full color photos are great to have as a reference while preparing each recipe. Great job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cookbook January 30, 2012
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I really like Special Dinners for Two. The authors manage to bring the elegance of a traditional cookbook to the Kindle, photos and all. I also like it that they cooked the dishes themselves and took their own pictures.

The book offers a wide selection of entrees, starters and desserts, and they are presented with menus showing good ways to mix them and tips on things like how to complete certain steps. Very important, I like the emphasis on fresh ingredients, with most everything being made from scratch -- in a day and age when we eat too many things that are processed, frozen or come from a drive-through window.

I'm reading the book on a Kindle Fire, which offers additional benefits such as the ability to add notes or to do an instant Google search on a word.

All in all, I certainly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
This is not a cookbook i would recommend to many people. I wasn't impressed with the recipes. I could have found them in any regular cookbook.
Published 13 months ago by Nicole Finsley
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy
Seems easy fun an rd interesting

ideas.
I would recommend this book to beginning
Cooks,,a lot of. Info.

Cooks Cooks
Published 17 months ago by cathy., peil
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a cooking for two cookbook
If you are looking for recipes for two, save your money. The description is confusing as it states "this collection of easy dinner recipes for two. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mary Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bacon-Wrapped Mushrooms
I found this recipe book in April but it has taken me months to get to trying the recipes. I'm of the opinion that if you find one good recipe in a cookbook you've found a winner. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rebecca of Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Cookbook
This is another fine cookbook from a mother-daughter team. The book includes both family recipes and other dishes. Great variety and great photos.
Published 23 months ago by JSL
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
This is a pretty nice little cookbook for couples. The meals are easy to prepare and all of them that I've tried so far have turned out quite tasty!
Published on April 11, 2012 by JJ Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy
Fun little cookbook and great meals for couples. I need easy recipes, and this provided just that. Very light and easy to use. Thumbs up.
Published on April 9, 2012 by DeeCee
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't fit the title...
I was disappointed at the number of recipes that would feed a family..much more than two. What are two people going to do with a whole loaf of garlic bread? Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by McAllister Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cookbook!
This is a great book. I'm not someone who loves cooking, but I love good food! The only complaint I have is that so much of this books seems to revolve around mushrooms and... Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by V. Sabin
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on Time!
One of the very nicest Kindle cookbooks I've seen, Special Dinners for Two (Easy Recipes from Scratch) is right on time with Valentine's Day just around the corner. Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Grandma
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