The Pleasures of Cooking for One

The Pleasures of Cooking for One

eBook - 2011
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From the legendary editor of some of the world's greatest cooks?including Julia Child and James Beard?a passionate and practical book about the joys of cooking for one. Here, in convincing fashion, Judith Jones demonstrates that cooking for yourself presents unparalleled possibilities for both pleasure and experimentation: you can utilize whatever ingredients appeal, using farmers' markets and specialty shops to enrich your palate and improve your health; you can feel free to fail, since a meal for one doesn't have to be perfect; and you can use leftovers to innovate?in the course of a week, the remains of beef bourguignon might be reimagined as a rag?, pork tenderloin may become a stir-fry, a cup or two of wild rice produces both a refreshing pilaf and a rich pancake, and red snapper can be reinvented as a summery salad. It's a fulfilling and immensely economical process, one perfectly suited for our times?although, as Jones points out, cooking for one also means we can occasionally indulge ourselves in a favorite treat. Throughout, Jones is both our instructor and our mentor, suggesting basic recipes?such as tomato sauce, preserved lemons, pesto, and homemade stock?that all cooks should have on hand; teaching us how to improvise using an ingenious strategy of building meals through the week; and supplying us with a lifetime's worth of tips and shortcuts. From Child's advice for buying fresh meat to Beard's challenge to beginning cr?pe-makers and Lidia Bastianich's tips for cooking perfectly sauced pasta, Jones's book presents a wealth of acquired knowledge from our finest cooks. The Pleasures of Cooking for One is a vibrant, wise celebration of food and enjoying our own company from one of our most treasured cooking experts. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011.
ISBN: 9780307957870
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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MB85CAL
Sep 06, 2017

A gem. I appreciate the scaling down of measurements of ingredients for one person. Very helpful. Beautifully written and photographed. Kudos, Judith!

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Logovore
Nov 17, 2011

I like the premise: that we single people can be able to spoil ourselves with good food and not break the bank and/or have leftovers until Doomsday...

That being said, some of the recipes made me go bleargh (which would have earned me a lecture from my great-grandmother). Even then, though, it's a taste thing (kidneys, ick!) rather than any inherent fault of the recipes.

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jyotilamba
Jul 03, 2011

Loved this book!Everything I made from this cookbook turned out delicious. I shouldn't be surprised seeing as how Judith Jones worked with Julia Child.

The only complaint I have is that the portions are for one person! I had to double/triple/quadruple the recipes for my family and everything still turned out great.

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