The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen
Available April 2014
448 pages, paperback
650 recipes, 500+ color photos
The First-Ever Comprehensive “Cooking for Two” Cookbook
For decades, the rule of thumb for recipes has been “serves 4 to 6,” or even more. But many families don’t fit this mold, leaving small households stuck with days of leftovers and lots of waste. Cooks can scale recipes on the fly, hoping they come out right, but kitchen math isn’t as simple as cutting ingredients in half—cooking times and temperatures need to be adjusted, and equipment has to be reconsidered. Enter The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen. Part kitchen manual, part cookbook, this innovative volume is the first of its kind to engineer recipes from the ground up for the two-person household. This book features:
650 kitchen-tested recipes including all the crowd-pleasers you thought were off the menu: Thought you could never make a pot roast or lasagna just for two? We’ve scaled down all of your big-batch favorites like chili and chicken noodle soup to serve two people. And we developed small-batch baking recipes, like blueberry muffins that make 4 (not 12), chocolate chip cookies that yield 12 (not 24), and even a 6-inch layer cake. You’ll also find recipes for salads, side dishes, pizzas, and pastas as well as dinners designed for the slow cooker and the grill.
Hundreds of fast and light recipes: To give you options when you’re short on time, the book includes 150 recipes labeled “Fast.” These dishes can be on the table in about 30 minutes and include Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup as well as Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa. And for those times when you want healthier fare, we’ve provided more than 100 recipes labeled “Light” with nutritional information listed in an easy-to-read chart in the back of the book. These satisfying healthy recipes include Provençal Vegetable Soup, Poached Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit, and Sichuan Orange Chicken with Broccoli.
A 25-page manual teaching the basics of cooking for two: This includes clever shopping strategies like replacing packaged broth with shelf-stable broth concentrates (use only what you need and keep the rest indefinitely), or picking your produce at the salad bar so you don’t end up with leftovers that wilt in your crisper drawer. Smart storage tips—including our top 10 list of things you didn’t know you could freeze—help the cook extend freshness for key ingredients. (Did you know you can freeze Brie, buttermilk, and wine?) Finally, the test kitchen experts offer their opinion on the most useful kitchen equipment for any two-person household.
The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook is an all-purpose cookbook and reference book that answers any culinary need. Every single recipe has been tested so that you know it works the first time, and every time.