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"A stylish resource for those who usually dine alone...[Bostic] lets her enthusiasm for natural ingredients, ethnic-inspired recipes, and unusual flavors do the sales pitch to persuade singles to cook for themselves rather than relying on takeout and packaged foods. She is also an effective vegetable envangelist." -Foreword Clarion Review

About the Author

Stephanie Bostic is an avid cook who eats alone most nights. Finding a lack of good recipes sized for one, she began her cookbook to fill a need for interesting and healthy recipes that serve the single cook. Her large cookbook collection, travels abroad, vegetable addiction, and love for homestyle cooking inspired the varied and delicious recipes found in One Bowl: Simple Healthy Recipes for One. She received her Master of Science from the Friedman Graduate School of Nutrition in 2010, and has enjoyed using her knowledge by working in nutrition research at both Tufts University and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 7/18/11 edition (August 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146369072X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463690724
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are several factors that have kept me from being a regular-basis cook. One is the tiny sliver of counter space, usually taken up by mail, keys and iPods. Another is the plethora of better-tasting delivery options within easy proximity. Lack of organization, time, know-how, motivation, confidence, and a dishwasher have also played their part.

However, this year, determined to eat better, save some money, and impress my boyfriend, I have embarked on a quest to at least slightly improve my culinary prowess. I've purchased a few cookbooks and gotten some as gifts. Many of them seem to assume that I can keep track of 20 ingredients, have 4 pots boiling up on the stove, and spend tons of money on a $10 per ounce spice available only at the Ukrainian grocery in Astoria. "One Bowl" avoids all of these and also addresses many of my other concerns. The recipes usually have a finite number of easy-to-acquire and reasonably priced ingredients that, when blended together, taste really good. It gives some very basic advice on cooking techniques, nutrition and shopping, all of which came in very handy. Usually, as befits its name, the dirtied dishes are kept to a minimum, and I like how the book suggests making more than one recipe at the same time and saving something for the next day. Recipes I really like include the Tomato, Broccoli and Avocado Salad; the Microwave Burrito, the Tuna Pilaf and everything with salmon in it. I like the recipes with familiar ingredients--sweet potatoes, cabbage--that I've never known how to prepare or what to mix it with. Plus, all these recipes can be pretty easily expanded to account for two people, which I know goes against the premise of the book--but I like to be able to try something myself before I subject my boyfriend to it!

Overall, easy to read, easy to use, with bonus sections on nutrition or basics. Hooray for knowing how to prepare vegetables!
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At first glance this book is for young folks whose parents neglected to teach them to cook, and of course that's one demographic who needs it, but my demographic is another -- I have an empty nest! And based on my years of cooking 6-8 servings of things for a family, my brain believes that cooking healthful food from scratch has to be time-consuming. News flash! -- cooking for one is a lot faster than for many, so quit thinking it's not worth bothering to cook just for yourself. It is, you are worth it, and Ms. Bostic has already done the math to cut recipes down to one portion. All the recipes I've made so far are tasty, and many combine ingredients that I would not have put together on my own. On a practical note, the large font is legible from a distance (after all, the point of a cookbook is not the initial pleasure of simply reading and dreaming about the food, but the actual cooking, which generally involves being farther away from the page) and there is plenty of space on most pages to make notes. I found the nutrition chapter well-written and accessible. As she says, nutrition is incredibly complex, but also pretty simple to cope with. I haven't photocopied it yet, but like the chart for keeping a record of what you eat.
Gift idea -- this book plus a cooking gadget, linens, or pantry item -- for graduates and grandmas especially.
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I just finished looking through, "One Bowl: Simple Healthy Recipes for One" and have to say that I loved pretty much everything about it. There is a lot of great information in this book. The recipes are primarily vegetarian, but the author makes an effort to let you know how to make them vegan or soy or gluten free if that is what you are striving for. There is a short section on Meat and Fish (by my count 8 of the 60 recipes. The veggie recipes are the ones that really inspired me (Algerian Carrots and Chickpeas is top on my list) because that is what I'm most interested in right now. In her introduction the author states that most of her recipes are plant based and that she avoids industrially raised livestock, a sentiment I identify with. Not only does the author introduce the book well, but she presents her qualifications (something sadly lacking in many cookbooks). Another thing I enjoyed about this book was that it was well organized, thoughtful and included many interesting recipes. Also, an interactive table of contents (at the end of the book) and links within the book (for instance, when peanut sauce is mentioned as an ingredient in a recipe, there is a link back to the recipe for peanut sauce). The only thing I would add would be pictures. While I think it's great that these recipes are geared for singletons, I can easily see myself making extra and using them as part of my family's dinner.
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This is a fantastic book-- not only does it have simple, delicious recipes, there's great advice for how to shop, stock your kitchen, and even some interactive nutritional guides and charts in the back (evidence of the author's public health background). I'm recommending it to everyone I know--single or not!
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As a single guy who is always looking for something different to try at home, I found ONE BOWL SIMPLE HEALTHY RECIPES to be just the kind of book to not only keep handy but share with others as well. And I have been doing just that. The book is coming from an honest place from the author, and you can tell the care she has put into the recipes she has selected to share.

I have already tried 3 of the recipes I have learned in the book, and been able to add some variations to some dishes I was already preparing. As you are going through the book you are also getting some great tips from Bostic and advice for how to make your time in the kitchen healthier by doing a few simple things.

Bottomline is that I love the book because it works. It does what it says and accomplishes just the objectives that I believe it set out to.

Will be looking for more from Bostic, and I believe she is someone who we'll be seeing more from in other venues.
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