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Cooking for One


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Discover the joy of cooking for yourself with more than 130 perfectly portioned, easy-to-execute recipes, flexible ingredient lists to accommodate your pantry, and ideas for improvising to your taste.

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America's Test Kitchen publishes award-winning cookbooks, along with Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines and produces public television's top-rated shows, America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country. It is a very real 15,000 square-foot kitchen located in Boston's Seaport district and is home to more than 60 test cooks, editors, and tasting and testing experts.


"It can be hard to find a cookbook that caters to people who cook and eat alone, but the pros at America's Test Kitchen - known for testing and retesting their recipes to perfection - have come out with an excellent one. It includes lots of easy and easily adaptable small-batch recipes, such as Fastest-Ever Carbonara and Clean Out Your Fridge Soup (there's even a recipe for making just two gooey chocolate chip cookies). They often suggest good substitutions in case you're missing an ingredient, and offer a leftover storage guide to prevent food waste. Some of their super-simple dishes - pan-seared shrimp or cheddar omelets, for instance - can be jazzed up using recipes for sauces and spice mixes, also included in this essential cookbook." -- AARP

Cooking for One is a scrappy collection of recipes that coax a little celebration from the slog of solo cookery. America's Test Kitchen recipes can be - and I say this with love - neurotically specific. This book applies that same rigor but encourages improvisation: swap half a bell pepper for a zucchini, if that's what's rattling around your crisper drawer. You'll also find a whole philosophy of solo dining, from shopping hacks to leftover strategies. It's a cookbook-shaped reminder to make time for yourself, specifically: the 15 minutes it takes to make a legitimately luxurious single-serving apple crisp in the microwave." --NPR, All Things Considered

"I'm recommending the book 'Cooking for One' by America's Test Kitchen. I have been a single person for a lot of this pandemic. And like a lot of people, I've been cooking a bunch. And cooking for one can just be depressing... So I've read a few cookbooks that are sort of like cooking for one oriented, and they are all great. But what I like about this one is it's almost like an entire system of cooking. They have tips on how to shop for ingredients... They have cool ideas for how to freeze and reuse things. It's just lots of tips and kind of recipes that are specifically designed to be not a total pain in the butt, but also kind of exciting enough that they're better than just getting takeout and eating it over the sink, which is sometimes the alternative when you're a single person." -- Connor Donevan, Producer for the show All Things Considered, NPR

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