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Going Solo in the Kitchen Paperback – August 25, 1998
"Ingredienti" by Marcella Hazan and Victor Hazan
From Artichokes to Zucchini, Anchovies to Ziti, Ingredienti offers succinct and compelling advice on how to select the best ingredients. Learn more
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Doerfer's main strategies are to use fresh ingredients and to make friends with supermarket staff who can accommodate her needs in the land of large families. She gives detailed advice on storing foods--cooked chicken, for example, tastes better and has better texture when stored in liquid (like a sauce or broth), while potato salads and other prepared dishes keep better longer when left unsalted until just before serving.
Solo cooks do have advantages: you can eat what you want, as often as you want it, and the cost of a steak or lobster dinner is only for one.
Doerfer offers variations for recycling in case of leftovers. Her description of how to cut up a whole chicken is graphically clear (see "Chicken Management") and will save you money.
The recipes and techniques Doerfer offers will brighten the lives of solitary diners who love variety, good food, and home cooking. She provides recipes for everything you might want, from Chicken Noodle Soup to elegant Halibut with Asparagus, Cream Scones, perfectly cooked rice, and fresh, hot berry pie, made in just the right way for one. --Dana Jacobi
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I greatly appreciate the modifications at the end of many recipes indicating what other ingredients may be substituted effectively (eg: to use chicken instead of shrimp, do this...). To me, learning a cooking technique has become more valuable after reading this book than simply memorizing a recipe. Offered suggestions for modifications illustrates the intention of each recipe (the specific process used, if you will). People say that cooking is not a mystery; it is simply a skill acquired through learning a few cooking methods and adjusting them creatively. This book helped me learn the basics so I can Finally begin to do my own exploring.
I have searched for years for a practical cookbook such as this. Since I began experimenting with recipes found in this text, my friends absolutely rave about my cooking! And for me, I have found myself declining invitations for fast food or pizza in favor of trying a new recipe in my own kitchen using a few leftovers from the previous day. I'm eating healthier, losing weight, and saving money. What could be better? Thank you for this book! Bravo!
Jane is nutritionally aware and savvy, with a good background in both gardening and using the stuff that comes out of one and into the kitchen to taste advantage.
But wait! There's another important dimension to this book: Jane Doerfer was not *always* a solo cook, nor was she wearing the latest in apron and kitchen gadget-fashions when she typed the manuscript (shameless plug for Le Crueuset, aside). Instead, I suspect she found herself "suddenly solo" and needing to make the best of it--which she clearly does.
This book is a good mix of earthy "touchable" and "do-able" meals and ingredients and what I might call evening bistro fare. I also found it uplifting, inspiring, and an excellent reminder of the many silver linings to be found beneath the cloud of finding yourself unexpectedly dining alone--a cloud which drives so many souls to accepting food passed through a rolled-down car-window even though they may know better.
The recipes and ideas are great and they work. The book was so well focused to my interest that I read the entire thing in a couple of sittings, taking pantry-stock notes, and folding page corners as I went along.
The hardcover is already out-of-print I see. If you are a solo cook, buy this book now, while it's still available, in stock, and in print and you will join me in thanking Jane for troubling herself to write these things down.
That being said, a few caveats. I bought the book a reasonably experienced cook; this is an excellent reference, but not the best one to learn how to cook from. Also, the recipes are on the simple side; I use another cookbook, Solo Suppers, for more 'fancy' type dishes that better utilize the ingredients available in my neighborhood.
But if you wanted that pot roast or roast chicken or spaghetti and found dividng the recipe by four didn't quite work, this is the perfect book.
Overall I've been very pleased with this cookbook. It suits my needs almost perfectly, although I can see how it would miss some audiences: some of the recipes do require you to keep expensive, perishable ingredients on hand, and some do take a little longer to prepare than the book suggests. But I pick and choose, and I'm pretty good about figuring out which recipes I can handle (like I said, I'm a novice) and which ones are still beyond me. The ones that work, work really well. Suddenly I don't feel like a moron in front of a stove, and I've actually started to look forward to grocery shopping and cooking so I can try new things.
I wish the book had better nutritional information about the recipes, and some more precise instructions on food preparation ("Heat the oil in the skillet and add the meat"? What heat level should I use before everything turns into smoke and char? I'm new at this!). But overall, I'm very pleased. I highly recommend this book to single cooks who aren't exactly geniuses in the kitchen, and who don't want to spend hours fixing dinner, but who want home-made food that's not all out of a can. Trust me: if I can cook from this book, anybody can.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't finished going through the whole book yet as I have a tendency to be a "cookbook reader" rather than a real "trier" of recipes but it looks very good. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Book Enthusiast
This doesn't have the "cookbook" feel to it, it doesn't get me excited about cooking and there are no pictures. I was expecting something different.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very old fashioned, time consuming recipes that this single person doesn't have time to deal with. It looks like they took a new, modern cover and placed it on a cookbook from the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Munequita321
I love it!!! I purchased two other "Solo" cookbooks but I keep going back to this one.Published 14 months ago by Elizabeth Valle
I've purchased this book twice for a friend as a gift. Both books have page 206 missing.Published 16 months ago by L. Smith
On page 206 (in my book is missing) and it was a recipe I was wanting to cook. So other then that I would of rated it 5 stars. The other recipes that I have used were awesome. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Karen Roberts