Going Solo in the Kitchen: A Practical and Persuasive Cookbook for Anyone Living Alone-with More Than 350 Easy, Delicious Recipes and Strategies for Food Shopping, Storing, and Recycling Reviews

Going Solo in the Kitchen: A Practical and Persuasive Cookbook for Anyone Living Alone-with More Than 350 Easy, Delicious Recipes and Strategies for Food Shopping, Storing, and Recycling

  • Knopf Publishing Group
At last, a supremely practical cookbook designed expressly for single people!

With more than 350 superb yet simple recipes for all occasions—and loaded with time-and-money-saving strategies for buying, storing, and recycling food in quantities that won’t get wasted—Going Solo in the Kitchen is for solo cooks who don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but who are tired of take-out, and who want to eat food that’s delicious, nutritious, and inexpensive.

Whether it’s a quick one-dish meal of Sautéed Beef with Mushrooms, a satisfying soup supper such as Vegetable Bean Soup with crusty bread, a summer night’s dinner of Avocado, Papaya, and Shrimp Salad, or a Sunday splurge of Chicken Breast Baked with Garlic (with enough leftovers for a sandwich at work the next day and a cold chicken salad later in the week), here is food that will lure beginners and seasoned cooks alike into the kitchen, putting a variety of flavors and a wealth of taste into every meal.Just because you are your household, don't assume eating solo limits you to having pizza, pancakes, or meat loaf in restaurants; buying them already prepared; or having to file extra portions in the freezer or the dustbin. As Jane Doerfer proves in Going Solo in the Kitchen, with no more effort than when cooking for two or more, one person can eat well and dine beautifully.

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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2 Comments to "Going Solo in the Kitchen: A Practical and Persuasive Cookbook for Anyone Living Alone-with More Than 350 Easy, Delicious Recipes and Strategies for Food Shopping, Storing, and Recycling Reviews"

  1. Jim's Gravatar Jim
    January 1, 2017 - 4:55 am | Permalink
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This Book Made A Cook Out Of Me, August 14, 2014
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    This review is from: Going Solo in the Kitchen: A Practical and Persuasive Cookbook for Anyone Living Alone-with More Than 350 Easy, Delicious Recipes and Strategies for Food Shopping, Storing, and Recycling (Paperback)
    After using this book religiously for a year, I consider myself a real cook. I am a single man with a healthy appetite and usually have to triple all the recipes. I like this book because the recipes do not require a lot of fancy ingredients, and many of the ingredients overlap from one recipe to the next. The book teaches you how to eat healthily. Most of the recipes are not hard, and with time, I started to get in the swing of cooking. Because I keep the book with me as I cook, my first copy eventually got destroyed through frequent use. So I just ordered a replacement copy. This is the best cookbook I could find for people that want to eat real, healthy, home-cooked meals without wasting time, money, and cabinet space on lots of unnecessary ingredients and cooking gadgets.
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    January 1, 2017 - 5:01 am | Permalink
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    … a real “trier” of recipes but it looks very good. I like the variations for the recipes and …, July 13, 2016
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    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. I like the variations for the recipes and the suggestions for using leftovers where it isn’t practical for doing a pork roast for one for example. There are no pictures if you are looking for a pretty book and there are no nutritional breakdowns.. This is a more down to earth practical cookbook with old favorites (such as macaroni and cheese) reduced down for one. I think I am going to begin to be a “trier” rather than just a looker especially in the vegetable chapter now that I have just myself to please.
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