- Hardcover: 302 pages
- Publisher: Boston Common Press (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933615435
- ISBN-13: 978-1933615431
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cooking for Two: 2009,The Year's Best Recipes Cut Down to Size Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
About six months ago, I decided I'd had enough of not knowing, and I dug my mother's old cookbooks out of storage. The problem was that all the recipes in those books (Julia Child's Beef Bourguinon, for example) took six hours to make and seemed to feed sixteen people (and even Beef Bourguinon gets tiresome after you've eaten it for a week straight).
That all changed when my girlfriend saw this book in the store and picked it up for me (and for us). It was *exactly* what I needed. At this point I've prepared slightly fewer than half of the recipes in this book at least once (probably five or so have become staples we make regularly, two to three times a month). The portions are just right for the pair of us (sometimes there's a little left over for the dog). Out of the fifty-odd recipes I've cooked from this book, only two of them -- the ones involving chipotle peppers -- have been real duds [even the dog wouldn't eat the tortilla casserole :( ]. The others have all been excellent -- from the pork loin with mango salsa (which was so good it made my girlfriend's sister promise to start stalking our kitchen) to the tuscan white bean soup (which I've started keeping all the ingredients for ready to hand, so I can whip it up whenever).
More importantly, though, at least to me, this cookbook has actually given me what I needed to learn how to cook all those dishes.Read more ›
And, in my view, it does a good job. A nice touch is the description by the authors (from America's Test Kitchen) of how they go about experimenting, sometimes trying several different approaches to get just the right taste.
There is one nice "upfront" feature, stocking a "cooking for two" kitchen. But it is the recipes that are at the heart of any cookbook. So, let's take a look at a sampling. The very first recipe is nice: "Pan-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables." Potatoes, carrots, and shallots with bone in chicken breasts and herbs such as thyme, red pepper flakes, a garlic clove. Add a bit of lemon juice. Pretty straightforward instructions. Another skillet meal is easy and delicious--"Stir-Fried Beef with Snap Peas and Red Pepper."
I find that poaching is a useful technique for keeping dishes moist. On page n31 is a nice recipe for "Poached Salmon with Herb and Caper Vinaigrette." I have my own recipe for poaching salmon, but this looks even better, so I look forward to trying it out. One of the main dish recipes is "Roast Rack of Lamb with Whiskey Sauce." The whiskey sauce sounds tasty--shallot, rosemary, garlic clove, flour, Scotch whiskey, chicken broth, parsley, butter, and lemon juice.
There are also pasta recipes and grill recipes and side dishes and desserts.
All in all, a good cookbook with an irresistible premise for me at this point in my life, as I am about to be cooking for two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this cookbook. I am tired of cooking for an army - since it is only me and my husband, I like cooking and not having tons of leftovers!!Published 3 months ago by SDF
I liked it a lot. However, I gave it to my newly married grandaughter and her soldier hubby stationed in Hawaii. She needs it more than I.Published 6 months ago by Joan
American Test Kitchen creates wonderful cook books!!! I am just learning how to cook. I really appreciate the explanations of why the recipes work.Published 11 months ago by Eileen
This is the most fabulous cookbook series I have ever encountered. I am committed to cooking the entire 2014 edition and almost 1/4 the way through. The recipes are great. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John M. Miller
After reading through the recipes I am not as thrilled as I hoped I would be. Save your money.Published 20 months ago by NutMeg
The recipes in this series of Books from America's Test Kitchens are super delicious! They have wonderful, helpful tips all through the books and a great guide to buying smaller... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by JenJ
We have made 5 recipes so far and they all turned out soooo delicious. They also have ideas on what to do with leftover ingredients.Published on September 9, 2013 by Stephanie
I need to echo all the rave reviews on this whole series of Cooking for Two. I have a huge library of cook books, but now my main resource is Cook's Illustrated because you can't... Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Thomas R. Kueny