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The 15-Minute Single Gourmet: 100 Deliciously Simple Recipes for One Paperback – May 9, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028609972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028609973
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Home alone? The Fifteen-Minute Single Gourmet shows how to shop fast and buy small amounts, then turn fresh ingredients into dishes rarely enjoyed when eating solo chez-vous. Mitchell makes a good case for cooking from scratch, asserting that it's healthier for both body and soul. She then helps you keep kitchen time to a minimum. You really can whip up her Tandoori Chicken, Sole with Currant-Almond Sauce, Zesty Black Bean Soup and 97 other varied dishes in about 15 minutes--and enjoy the results. To keep your larder lean, Mitchell suggests lots of variations for dishes. They handily help you use up ingredients you can't buy in single-serve sizes. There are also loads of tips that help inexperienced cooks and interest those who are more at ease in the kitchen.

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I have made almost evey recipe in this book, with consistently good results.
ireadabookaday
The recipes are really fast and easy to put together, and the dishes are delicious.
Jay Jeon
The recipes are interesting, but some of them require more than 15 minutes to make.
Cecilia Lunardini

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By David Tepper on February 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
True story: My first two years of law school I hated cooking. I ate out even thought I couldn't really afford it, lived off yogurt and fruit, microwaved, ANYTHING to get out of actually preparing food. Then this book caught my eye and I decided to give it a try.
The results were just spectacular! These were the first actual dishes I'd ever prepared, and they really are that simple to make. This book boosted my kitchen confidence so much I even dared to try making the spring rolls. While it's not "The Joy of Cooking," it is a great education nonetheless. Fresh herbs, exotic ingredients, and quick techniques are all incorporated here, with very detailed instructions so that total beginners can follow along. Your first time may take a half hour instead of 15 minutes, but stick with it!
And to all you bachelors out there: making "Girlfriend Chicken" isn't going to impress her any more. Try making double portions of any of these recipes instead. NOTE: Larger guys like me may want to adjust some of the recipes, making half again or twice as much as the directions call for.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1997
Format: Paperback
I recently graduated from college and started my career in a
field that requires sixty hour work weeks on a regular basis.
While I was in school, I lived at home and ate Mom's
wonderful cooking. I must say, I didn't realize just how
wonderful her food was until I moved out of the family
homestead and had to cook for myself. I became ill at the
mere sight of ramen, but ate it anyway because it was fast
and easy. Finally I found this book! It rescued me from
a diet of fast food. Every recipe turns out as promised:
fifteen minute gourmet food for singles.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best cookbooks I've ever bought. While not gourmet, the recipies are healthy and taste good, which is more than most healthy cookbooks on the market today.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bill.Goffe@usm.edu on April 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
While not really gourmet, the recipes are interesting, don't generally require that many ingredients, fairly quick, and are healthy. I've found very few cookbooks that meet these varied requirements.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By NWOutdoorGrrl on June 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've had this cookbook since before I was married (many, many years). When I purged my cookbook collection a few years ago I held on to this one because the recipes are so simple and healthy.

Today, I reach for it often when my husband travels. (I just don't have the motivation to stand in the kitchen for more than 15 minutes if it's just me to appreciate the results.)

On Sunday, I had scallops with chutney, apples and pears. Last night I had chicken parmesan with chunky tomato sauce. This morning I whipped up a chicken-mango salad for lunch today. And tonight I'll use up the leftover tomato sauce from yesterday (mixed with a little orange zest and chevre) over steamed potatoes. The best part is, none of these took longer than 15 minutes to make! Really!

As others have mentioned, the fare isn't "gourmet" but it's certainly delicious, especially since you don't have to slave away for very long to prepare it. It tastes way better than anything you might pick up from a fast food joint or make from a box, too.

I'd highly recommend the cookbook for anyone who is single or living with one person (the recipes can be easily doubled). It would also be perfect for a college student just striking out on their own in their first apartment.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By n/a on January 25, 2008
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this is an amazing book!

Shortly its advantages:
+ the recepies take truly 15 minutes to prepare (sometime much less, like 7 or something)
+ you don't need to think...just follow the book, and the result will be perfect
+ the receipes are not mediocre at all! be prepared, that your food will taste fantastically and originally!
To also say some negatives:
- Could contain more receipes with chicken and pasta
- It will take some time and initial investment to get the (unique) ingredients (like red wine vinegar, ginger, chutney etc..)

Based on these reviews I bought this book (cost me 40$, with shipping to Europe, so I took a big risk).
When I opened it, I thought that was a bad deal, since all the ingredients looked too exotic for me, most of them I even never heard of, I never noticed them at the stores, so I just tossed the book aside...
I didn't pick it up until two months later... I thought, okay, I'll try to prepare at least one receipe (since I moved to my own flat, and decided to cut costs on food (especially fastfood), sice I had no work).
So I chose two receipes and took the time (and money) to get the ingredients. I must say I'm an absolute idiot on cooking. I sometimes had troubles preparing eggs. I rather went to KFC or MCDonalds all the time, or eat some other fastfood

So today I prepared my second receipe, Chicken ...on peach youghurt, with mango chutney, ginger and garlic.
And it was phenomnal! really, there were only a few moments in my life, when I ate such a complex food! it tasted like a symphony...like a quality wine...it was truly astouning, first I felt the chutney and chicken, then the garlic and lastly the ginger...
I can't still believe it, I made it, and that it was so superb!

I can't say more, than I'll invest time to learn some more receipes from it.
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