I found numerous recipes that were perfect for cooking for myself. I really liked this and am actually interested in purchasing it as I read the library copy. In this day that is inexcusable. This cookbook was Heaven sent! With illustrations and a central reference, my husband, who does not cook, is able to help out in the kitchen. So far, I've been most pleasantly surprised by the Chickpea Burger, but my favorite just might be the cream scones. Lots of recipes, lots of helpful tips and know-how techniques that are very educational.
This book appealed to me since I live with my mom and there's just the two of us plus our senior dog. The recipes are easily made with minimum effort and skills producing excellent and tasty meals. We all should be able to know the calorie intake, fat grams, protein, and tidbits about the dish being a good source of vitamin D and iron, for example. I just think that learning to cook comes from a desire to learn. A perfect gift for newlyweds, small families, or empty nesters. Most of these recipes yield enough leftovers for one day for two people, so probably two or three days for one person. There are a lot of meat recipes, but enough veggie options that a vegetarian would consider it worth checking out.
I bought the book to avoid waste. For me personally not really useful since a majority of recipes use cheese, milk, tomatoes, and other ingredients I can't eat. Part kitchen manual, part cookbook, this groundbreaking volume was the first of its kind to engineer recipes from the ground up for the two-person household. And we include chapters on for-two slow cooking, grilling, and baking pies, quick breads, cakes, and cookies. Some critics say, so what, I don't need a recipe just for two people, I can make a regular meal and just portion it out. I love the variety of cuisines that this book covers and it makes it easy to try different foods at home.
This is the case with many stews. With the cover boasting 650 recipes in this Complete cookbook, this ratio means there are approximately 160 new recipes. From breakfast to dinner, sides to desserts, plus slow cooking, vegetarian, and grilling--we include a wide range of cuisines. I can't wait to try some of the baking recipes. The layout is incredibly clean and neat, and am completely enamored of the various tips and tricks sprinkled throughout the book. Also, not every recipe has a picture.
Lots of good tips under the Basics of Cooking for Two chapter. We put our kitchen expertise to work to figure out how to scale down the trickiest dishes, from soups and stews to stir-fries and lasagnas--even cakes and pies. There was only a small handful of recipes that I wouldn't make for myself. Then, this book arrived and I was smitten. We've made quite a few of the recipes in here, and they've all turned out really well.
I definitely love the layout and approach of the book -- the only reason I have initially given it 4 stars instead of 5 stars, is that I haven't been impressed with the cookie and brownie recipes I've mad I've recently started a cooking blog, mostly for my own purposes, and -- so far -- mostly recipes out of this cookbook. You will also receive free newsletters and notification of America's Test Kitchen specials. . I have probably explored at least 30 of these recipes and only one did I not enjoy. For example, because these are pared down versions of larger recipes, you might find one asking for only a small amount of a not often used ingredient like buttermilk.
I always hated making something delicious, then having to eat it for a week, before throwing away what remained. I've made the chicken Vesuvius and mini meat loaves, both were delicious. The recipes are for two people, however the portions are not skimpy. They've actually re-engineered their recipes to use smaller cookware and streamlined techniques to minimize appliances and overall number of dirty dishes. After making a few of the recipes, I shelved the cookbooks because we just ended up with too much food. We wanted a recipe for 12 cookies, and we wanted it to be quick and convenient.
I'm still exploring this book, of course, but here are my thoughts on the recipes I've tried so far: Banana Bread: Perfect use of the one lef Love it. Over 50 full-time admittedly obsessive test cooks spend their days testing recipes 30, 40, up to 100 times, tweaking every variable until they understand how and why recipes work. As a single college student I find that cooking for two is a nice way to enjoy a hot meal and have the right amount of leftovers for lunch the following day. Otherwise I would keep a copy for the day, eighteen years from now, when my youngest child goes off to college and I start Cooking For Two : 3. I love America's Test Kitchen, and this is one of my favorites so far! America's Test Kitchen, based in a brand new state-of-the-art 60,000 sq. I received this cookbook as a birthday gift. I also liked the tip to consider pre-cut veggies and the salad bar! America's Test Kitchen takes out all the guesswork and delivers creative solutions for foolproof and delicious meals for two.
Cook for a couple, not a crowd. The recipes say they serve 2, for us it's usually 3-4 servings. I highly recommend this cookbook! Chinese Chicken Salad: I found and fell in love with this recipe years ago in their family cookbook. This cookbook was Heaven sent! But this narrows things down a little further and works really well for how I like things organized. A 25-page manual teaches the basics of cooking for two, including clever shopping strategies to reduce waste, smart storage tricks help extend freshness of key ingredients, and our picks for the most useful kitchen equipment for any two-person household. For me personally not really useful since a majority of recipes use cheese, milk, tomatoes, and other ingredients I can't eat. Easy to follow instructions and following the same basic formula of their other cookbooks - they start off each recipe telling you why it works.