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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 ragù, 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 crêpe-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.
Published: Alfred A. Knopf an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jun 15, 2011
ISBN: 9780307957870
List price: $14.99
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An excellent cookbook! Totally readable, recipes are simple, portions are appropriate sizes for one or two people. Many ingredients can be easily substituted out for others or left out if you don't have them. I got this book hoping to learn how to cook intuitively, and it has given me exactly that.read more
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This is not your average cookbook. Judith Jones provides all the information a beginning cook could want or need, from what basic tools everyone should have in their kitchen to how to keep a pantry stocked. Additionally, the recipes each come with great follow-up recipes for re-using leftovers. Judith Jones suggests that this book is a good buy for young adults on their own for the first time, and that is precisely how I put this book to good use!read more
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I don't cook for one most of the time, but these ideas and insights are important to many who eat too much and waste too much. Here is a plan, what to do with what is left, as opposed to what to do with left-overs.read more
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An excellent cookbook! Totally readable, recipes are simple, portions are appropriate sizes for one or two people. Many ingredients can be easily substituted out for others or left out if you don't have them. I got this book hoping to learn how to cook intuitively, and it has given me exactly that.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is not your average cookbook. Judith Jones provides all the information a beginning cook could want or need, from what basic tools everyone should have in their kitchen to how to keep a pantry stocked. Additionally, the recipes each come with great follow-up recipes for re-using leftovers. Judith Jones suggests that this book is a good buy for young adults on their own for the first time, and that is precisely how I put this book to good use!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I don't cook for one most of the time, but these ideas and insights are important to many who eat too much and waste too much. Here is a plan, what to do with what is left, as opposed to what to do with left-overs.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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