The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook

The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook

650 Recipes for Everything You'll Ever Want to Make

Book - 2014
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650 Recipes for EVERYTHING You'll Ever Want to Make.

Because smaller families shouldn't have to rely on recipes built for four or six, America's Test Kitchen has reengineered 650 of our best recipes to serve just two. Over the years we've discovered that scaling down a recipe isn't as simple as cutting the ingredients in half—cooking times, temperatures, and equipment need to be adapted as well. This comprehensive cookbook takes the guesswork out of cooking for two so you can be sure that anything you want to make—from Classic Beef Stew to Lasagna to a mini batch of Fudgy Brownies or a Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake—will come out right (and perfectly proportioned) every time. We'll also give you options when you're short on time. 150 recipes, including Chicken Saltimbocca and Pan-Seared Rib-Eye Steaks with Sweet-Tart Red Wine Sauce, can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. For those times when you want healthier fare, we've provided more than 100 recipes labeled "Light" such as Provencal Vegetable Soup and Poached Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit, each with nutritional information listed in an easy-to-read chart in the back of the book. And we include chapters on for-two slow cooking, grilling, and baking pies, quick breads, cakes, and cookies. 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.

Publisher: Brookline, MA : America's Test Kitchen, 2014
ISBN: 9781936493838
Branch Call Number: 641.5612 COMPL
Characteristics: viii, 440 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: America's Test Kitchen (Firm)
Notes: Includes index


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Apr 10, 2017

Probably very handy for a newlywed, but not so much for empty-nesters. With nearly no exceptions the recipes call for wheat flour, bread crumbs, milk, tomatoes , potatoes, or nuts. So if you are eating healthy (no grains/nightshades/milk/nuts) or on a special diet, there is little here of interest. For example, this Miso Soup has 2030mg of sodium. Their version of Chinese Chicken Salad has 330 calories and 1750mg sodium (almost double from my old recipe and 250mg above my daily sodium maximum), and their deserts are all over 300 calories per serving (or 1/5 my total caloric intake for one day). When I found a low sodium recipe, like Spanish-style skillet brown rice and chickpeas (yes 890mg sodium is "Low" in this collection) the calories were high at 440 per serving. So overall:
1 helpful tips on cooking, how to chop, how to seed, and such.
2. okay but not great recipes for young, healthy people who can still eat 3,000 calories a day and don't have to monitor their sodium intake.
3. Not really what people are looking for in the US today as it makes no effort to avoid the foods that people are trying to avoid and makes no effort to reduce sugar, salt, or fat.

biblioanna Feb 22, 2017

America's Test Kitchen is also known as the Anal Retentive Chef Kitchen in our house. Tedious steps, excessive prep. Some methods do make the best foods, other recipes just annoy.

Sarah_CT Oct 28, 2015

Five Stars! America’s Test Kitchen does not disappoint. We found this title to be a great read with the traditional ATC features like “why this recipe works”. It also includes new features like full color photos and full page features on shopping and storing smarter. Recipes really make the perfect amount for two and 17 chapters cover everything from breakfast to dessert. The index was not always the most intuitive but we forgave this title quickly after tasting these great recipes. There are tons of veggie options included. With fun tips and tricks on almost every page, we recommend this title for both cookbook readers and cooks alike.

Oct 17, 2015

Just a great book with so many smart, easy-to-follow recipes. I almost want to rate this poorly so no one else discovers how easy America's Test Kitchen makes it to cook delicious food. :)

Dec 07, 2014

This book needs a different type of binding, and I called America's Test Kitchen to say so. Otherwise, it's useful to have around if you're cooking for one or two people and get tired of eating lots of leftovers or halving recipes.


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