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The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook - America's Test Kitchen

The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook

By America's Test Kitchen

  • Release Date: 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Regional & Ethnic
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings


650 Recipes for EVERYTHING You'll Ever Want to Make.

Because smaller families shouldn't have to rely on recipes built for four or six, America's Test Kitchen has reengineered 650 of our best recipes to serve just two. Over the years we've discovered that scaling down a recipe isn't as simple as cutting the ingredients in half—cooking times, temperatures, and equipment need to be adapted as well. This comprehensive cookbook takes the guesswork out of cooking for two so you can be sure that anything you want to make—from Classic Beef Stew to Lasagna to a mini batch of Fudgy Brownies or a Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake—will come out right (and perfectly proportioned) every time. We'll also give you options when you're short on time. 150 recipes, including Chicken Saltimbocca and Pan-Seared Rib-Eye Steaks with Sweet-Tart Red Wine Sauce, can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. For those times when you want healthier fare, we've provided more than 100 recipes labeled "Light" such as Provencal Vegetable Soup and Poached Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit, each with nutritional information listed in an easy-to-read chart in the back of the book. And we include chapters on for-two slow cooking, grilling, and baking pies, quick breads, cakes, and cookies. A 25-page manual teaches the basics of cooking for two, including clever shopping strategies to reduce waste, smart storage tricks help extend freshness of key ingredients, and our picks for the most useful kitchen equipment for any two-person household.


  • A truly FANTASTIC cookbook!

    By Epaka
    Two years ago my cooking ability was fairly limited. I could make a few simple dishes, but I had no training and no real understanding when it came to the art of preparing delicious food. All of that changed at holiday time when a relative received this cook book as a gift. I picked it up and casually thumbed through it. A recipe caught my eye; Sautéed chicken breasts with an orange/fennel/garlic relish, scallions, and feta cheese. I read the recipe, I knew I had to try it, and I ordered my own copy. That simple recipe is delicious, and is still a favorite today. Beyond that, I was absolutely enamored with America's Test Kitchen's style of recipe layout, and their educational approach to cooking. This book is a PERFECT place to start if you want to learn to cook. 2 years later, I have made perhaps half of the recipes in this book and my physical copy is decidedly ragged. Not every recipe is a hit, but most are a great place to start, and with the techniques you will learn along the way, it should be easy for you to know exactly how to doctor-up a recipe to your own liking. Thanks ATK! My newfound deep appreciation of food, and the skills I now have to cook like a pro, are all due to this book...
  • Great Book

    By Liggrid St.James
    This is an awesome cookbook for 2. The recipe for pan seared rib-eye steaks actually has the recipe for steak au poivre. I wish they would fix it.