Going Solo in the Kitchen

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Jane Doerfer, who runs a cooking school for solo cooks, has created 350 easy-to-make recipes for people who don't want to live in the kitchen and are tired of take-out food - people who want to eat more healthily and economically. Filled with practical advice on everything from selecting equipment to dealing with supermarket packages designed for a family, here are strategies for how to buy, store, and recycle food in quantities that won't get wasted, as well as ways of planning, preparing, and serving meals for ...
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Overview

Jane Doerfer, who runs a cooking school for solo cooks, has created 350 easy-to-make recipes for people who don't want to live in the kitchen and are tired of take-out food - people who want to eat more healthily and economically. Filled with practical advice on everything from selecting equipment to dealing with supermarket packages designed for a family, here are strategies for how to buy, store, and recycle food in quantities that won't get wasted, as well as ways of planning, preparing, and serving meals for yourself that can be a real pleasure.

At last, a practical and persuasive cookbook for anyone living alone--with more than 350 delicious recipes for all occasions--filled with money-saving tips and shortcuts. Here is food that will lure the reluctant single back into the kitchen. Featured in Southern Living magazine.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Eating alone need not be a dispiriting experience of takeout containers and stand-up ``sink cuisine,'' suggests Doerfer. She transforms the solo meal with strategies for food shopping, preparation and storage. Use a freezer as a cold-storage pantry for flavorful ingredients like bacon, herbs and ginger root, she advises; use smaller utensils for single servings. More than 350 recipes emphasize flavorful, often seasonal foods and include nods to ethnic cuisines (Sauteed Cucumbers with Lemongrass), vegetarian dishes (Red Beans and Rice) and old-fashioned favorites (Berry Pie for One). Most recipes are ready in less than 30 minutes: Watercress with Pork Soup takes considerably less time. Doerfer, who runs a Florida cooking school with the same name as the title, offers Southern specialties like Gumbo and Sweet Potato Corncakes; the co-author of The Legal Sea Foods Cookbook, she also details Baked Hake with Scallions and a simple Sole with Browned Butter. Noting that a meal chosen and prepared with care nourishes body and soul, Doerfer makes such meals possible for solo cooks. (May)
Library Journal
Doerfer, who publishes a travel newsletter called Going Solo, also runs Going Solo in the Kitchen, a cooking school for cooks on their own. She provides more than 300 single-serving recipes along with the tricks and strategies she has devised to make cooking for oneself appealing, efficient, and economical. Many of the recipes include two or more variations, and there are ideas for leftovers as well. Just about all are quick and simple to prepare, and they are also tempting enough to lure "solos" used to depending on takeout or microwave dinners into the kitchen for some real food. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375703935
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 309
  • Sales rank: 155,282
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Perfect for the Single Cook

    A full panoply of recipes for one, from soups and salads to desserts. The book begins with a brief overview of the tool needs of the single cook, then continues with a wide variety of recipes. Helpful variations are included, along with useful suggestions for leftovers.
    Practical ingredients, available in most supermarkets, combined in interesting ways. Just what I wanted!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    If you can cook without pictures, this one is for you.

    I purchased this book right before my husband deployed. From some of the reviews I read, this book seemed to be one of the better cooking-for-one cookbooks. When I received it, though, it read more like a novel than a cookbook. It has very small print, recipes run together (hard to tell where one ends and the other begins), and it has no picture to give the solo chef any idea if he or she is making it right. I went into this one with high hopes but was greatly disappointed. I returned it and am now on a search for a better cooking-for-one cookbook.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Excellent for one or many!

    I bought this book while spending the summer in manhattan, and I must say it is excellent. I have made at least 15 of the recipies (there are so many!) and all of them were great. It is easy to multiply if you have people over, and easy to cook just for yourself. This book is absolutely amazing-- before I bought it the most I cooked was eggs or pasta, and now I'm making eggplant gratin and bread pudding. The recipies are easy to follow and she even has suggestions for leftovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2000

    Its about time!

    I was very happy to find a book like this (with recipes geared to one person) and it's good to see there are more coming out on the market. The book is full of many recipes, even desserts just for one. Especially useful is the beginning section of the book, which has hints and guidelines on efficiently and cost-effectively shopping and storing foods for one person. The only reason I gave the book 4 stars rather than 5 was because of the lack of pictures! Also, the pages were really 'papery' feeling and get easily stained and destroyed if you have the book open while you're cooking. I like cookbooks with glossy pages better. So that, and the fact that there's not a single picture of the foods you'll be creating, knocked it down one star. Other than that, EXCELLENT book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Highly recommended

    The best cooking for one type cookbook in the market, not only gives you quite a variety of recipes, but tips on equipment and products to buy, and how to save while buying.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Great recipes

    I just bought this and I have made four recipes so far and they have all been great. Some of the recipes I think come out larger than it says. The peach crisp for example was definitely for two people, not one. My dad recently retired and has become the primary cook in the household since my mom still works. I am going to get this for him for his birthday; the recipes are easily doubled and there are lots of good tips on variations, storage, and use of leftovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Good Everyday Cookbook for One

    This is an excellent resource for recipes formulated for the single person. It is especially good for those who have been cooking for a normal family and now cook for one or two people. The book covers most of the essentials for everyday cooking with a wide variety of dishes.

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