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The Pleasures of Cooking for One (Hardcover)

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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 your......more

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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 ragu, 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 crepe-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.

Judith Jones is senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf. She is the co-author with Evan Jones (her late husband) of three books: The Book of Bread; Knead It, Punch It, Bake It!; and The Book of New New England Cookery. She also collaborated with Angus Cameron on The L. L. Bean Game and Fish Cookbook. She has contributed to Vogue, Saveur, Departures, and Gourmet magazines. In 2006, she was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in New York City and Vermont.

Author:
Jones, Judith
Genre:
COOKING / Methods / Cookery for One
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
273
Language:
English
Publisher:
Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publish Date:
09/29/2009
Copyright Year:
2009
ISBN:
9780307270726
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
6.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
1.5 lb
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  • Downsizing my cooking

    Since all the children have left and my husband and I are empty nesters (so to speak) - this book has helped me re-evaluate my portion sizing and my purchasing items from the butcher and grocer. One of Ms. Jones' recipes can serve the two of us easily. The recipes are tasty and easily followed.

    bernadette512 from South Central Pennsylvlania, Oct 23, 2009

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