I know I'm dismal at it. Having grown up in a big family, I only ever learned to cook for six or seven and then, as time went on, for twenty or thirty. Well, I never cooked for that many but we had that many and more at family gatherings. The point is, cooking for more than one is easy. Cooking for one is hard.
I absolutely love the inside blurb (my thoughts in brackets): "Do you believe any of the following?
- Cooking for one mean you are doomed to endless meals of scrambled eggs or grilled cheese sandwiches. [um... yeah. and so what? I like'em both- but,I get the point, yes, I do, I get it.]
- It's cheaper to eat out that it is to cook for yourself.
- It will take too long to make a meal when ou come home tired from a long day at work. [oh, boy... this used to be me!]
- You'll spend a lot of money on food you'll only end up throwing away. [this still is me]
- Some dishes are strictly out-of-bounds for the single cook. [um...as opposed to the married cook? the editor messed up there, didn't she or he? cooking for one doesn't always mean you're not married!]
Moving on to the inside of the book, I have to make a confession - I haven't cooked anything from the book yet. But, I plan to. And, it won't be just for one. It will be for two. However, the exciting thing about that, for me, is that I can double the recipes without trouble. Yes, me...the math challenged cook. I can make two, out of one... but, don't ask me to do more than that!
My first venture out of this amazing book - seriously, it's more than a cookbook, it's a book about food and eating and cooking because you like to eat, not because...you have to eat - is going to be the eggplant, zucchini, and oven-dried tomato pizza. Mmmmgoood! If this doesn't get Tom drooling, I don't know what will!
Stay tuned for more cooking and talking about cooking and... a new Food Blog which my daughter, the cook (Mom to the adorable Frankie) will be helping me with. Ah, if only I could afford to hire her to cook for me!
Get a copy of the Cooking for one cookbook - it's good for everyone, not just folks who aren't cooking up a storm for a big family. I'll let you know how the pizza comes out.
Oh... I also feel compelled to mention that my niece is studying to be a chef ... so, maybe I'll get HER to help us with our food blog, too!