Microwave Cooking for Oneby Marie Smith
Cooking for one doesn't have to mean opening a can of soup or living on dry sandwiches and frozen dinners. With the help of a microwave oven and Microwave Cooking for One, the person cooking for himself can easily learn to prepare delicious, satisfying meals in minutes. The recipes in Microwave Cooking for One are ideal for individual cooks, whether they live alone or… See more details below
Cooking for one doesn't have to mean opening a can of soup or living on dry sandwiches and frozen dinners. With the help of a microwave oven and Microwave Cooking for One, the person cooking for himself can easily learn to prepare delicious, satisfying meals in minutes. The recipes in Microwave Cooking for One are ideal for individual cooks, whether they live alone or share busy, modern households. Fresh, appetizing meals can be prepared to satisfy personal preferences while fitting tight schedules. The diet-conscious can resist the temptation to overindulge by following these perfect-for-one recipes. All of the dishes in this cookbook can be completely prepared in the microwave oven, saving the cook the time, money, hassle, mess, and waste so often involved with conventional cooking. Cleanup is a breeze when everything is prepared in the microwave in simple containers and without the oils and fats used in traditional sauteing, frying, and broiling. Inexperienced cooks will be delighted with these easy-to-follow recipes. Coquilles St. Jacques, Chicken Parmesan, Eggs Florentine, Asparagus Soup, Chocolate Custard, and Peach Souffle are all easier to prepare in the microwave. With almost 300 recipes, Microwave Cooking for One offers plenty of possibilities for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. And when you begin with a recipe for one, it's easy to double or even triple a dish if you need more food to go around. Author Marie Smith emphasizes the importance of using measured portions, careful timing, and the right utensils. A detailed list of the utensils needed and a discussion of common ingredients found in many of the recipes are included. Hints are offered on how to shop for and store ingredients when cooking for one. Uniquely practical, Microwave Cooking for One belongs in nearly every modern kitchen.
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Meet the Author
Marie T. Smith (1933-1987), a former resident of Lakeland, Florida, was an experienced microwave chef and teacher who wrote a microwave cooking column for the Plant City Post. She frequently attended microwave symposiums and was an expert in many areas of microwave cookery and technology.
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Microwave ovens are not known for cooking gourmet meals and indeed, that's not the intent of Microwave Cooking for One. As the author states in her Introduction, the book was written to help people create easy, quick meals for themselves, whether they live alone, or perhaps have a spouse who is away on a business trip. The author begins with an overview of various equipment, noting the importance of using the specific cooking ware mentioned to insure proper cooking of the meal, how to handle various leftovers (after all, cooking for one will leave a lot of half packages of perishable ingredients), timing and how to adjust for your microwave and finally, several tips such as knowing the wattage of your oven. Recipes provided in Microwave Cooking for One cover the full range of meals, from breakfast, soups, fish, poultry, cakes, cookies and pies. I prepared several meals and found the instructions very easy to follow, and the food quick to prepare. It did take a bit of experimentation at the beginning to figure out the cooking times for my microwave and Smith does talk about this issue at the start of the book. In fact, each recipe has a (_____) space next to the cook time so you can insert the time that works with your microwave. Once I'd prepared a couple of meals, I had the conversion times figured out and it was quite simple from that point on. Meals for the most part were tasty, and as stated previously, easy to prepare. With a couple of meals, I doubled the serving size and the food still came out nicely. The poultry was a bit mealy as was the beef but that's the difference between preparing food with an oven versus a microwave. The book is a bit outdated with its microwave heating times and strengths, but overall, it provids a nice array of meals for the harried, hungry, single person. Quill says: A good cookbook for the cooking challenged, rushed, person.
If your microwave's main function in life is to heat leftovers or bake potatoes, 'Microwave Cooking for One' can make you the best cook on the block without sacrificing your time, taste or pocketbook. Make homemade lasagna, biscuits, cookies, jams--or just boil an egg! The nearly 300 recipes are kitchen tested, easy to follow, and specific, from breakfast foods to midnight snacks. Best of all, you start with a recipe for one, and multiply each dish to make the amount you need--from a hot sandwich to a brunch for the holiday crowd. The difference between this book and all those others is Author Marie Smith's emphasis on measuring portions, timing carefully, and simply using the correct size dish--all of which she explains clearly. The result is that whatever your degree of culinary skill (or interest!), 'Microwave Cooking for One' makes it easier to prepare great food. Fast. And isn't that why you really invested in your microwave? Send for your copy of 'Microwave Cooking for One' and unchain your microwave oven from leftovers! Get the convenience--and taste--you deserve from your microwave oven.