From Publishers Weekly
For many single folks, dinner options often are limited to ordering in or fixing some scrambled eggs and toast. And when the urge to cook a full meal does strike, soloists are habitually left with loads of leftovers. Enter Goldstein, a chef, author and teacher who cooks for herself a few nights a week. She presents this good-looking collection of recipes for "when you are alone and want a satisfying home-cooked meal." Goldstein (The Mediterranean Kitchen) explains how to go food shopping for one (a "challenging" task, she admits), how to transform leftovers into appealing new dishes (e.g., put leftover chicken in a salad, soup or risotto), how to stock a basic pantry, and how to keep wine (buy half bottles or use wine preservative spray). The author follows these clever tips with a slew of terrific recipes from sauces to pastas and grains to seafood and meat and even desserts for one. Most recipes are for average-size portions for one person, and feature Italian, Asian, Mexican, Spanish and even Middle Eastern influences. Goldstein acknowledges that not all the recipes are quick or meant for beginning cooks. But they are generally simple and revolve around fresh ingredients and smart combinations. Standouts include the comforting Chicken and Bread Soup, healthy and hearty Farro Salad, dependable Orecchiette with Broccoli and Chickpeas (to which one might add crabmeat or sausage), simple Asparagus with Eggs and Parmesan Cheese, and succulent Roast Chicken with Garlic, Lemon, and Herbs.
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This is another user-friendly book by a well-known San Francisco teacher, chef and restaurateur (Square One) Joyce Goldstein, that meets a very specific need: These are recipes for the single guy or gal who doesn't want to make do with corn flakes or cottage cheese for dinner. The author doesn't rely on shortcuts, unless you consider polenta with spinach and peas or asparagus with eggs and Parmesan a shortcut.
Many of Goldstein's dishes segue into second meals; all rely on excellent fresh ingredients. With this book as a guide, it's easy to eat well when you're home alone. -San Francisco Chronicle