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Cooking For Two | America’s Test Kitchen

Wouldn’t you love a great recipe that is made just for two? Of course you would.

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TITLE: Cooking for Two – 2013
AUTHOR: Many. America’s Test Kitchen
PUBLISHER: Cook’s Illustrated
CUISINE: American

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FEATURED INGREDIENT: THE CROCKPOTPhoto #431 - Crockpot | By Tammra McCauley
Trying to feature a single ingredient out of a recipe collection like this is next to impossible. Or, maybe, just downright impossible. So, in lieu of an ingredient, how about an appliance? There is an entire section of this book dedicated to slow cooker recipes for two. That will make for some super convenient and delicious dishes.

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Look, this is a book that is published by one of the premier cookbook publishing companies around. So, you expect it to look great and be more thoroughly tested than the common book off the shelf. And, it is. A nice gloss stock makes page turning a breeze. There are beautiful images throughout from Carl Tremblay, Keller + Keller and Daniel J. Van Ackre. It is exactly what you would expect from Cook’s Illustrated. Classy, useful and well laid out.

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WHAT YOU’LL FIND INSIDE (aka Table of Contents)
The Smart Shoppers Guide
One-Dish Suppers
Pasta for Dinner
Vegetarian Suppers
Dinner Off The Grill
Light and Fresh
Express Lane
Slow-Cooker Favorites
Side Dishes
Baked Goods and Desserts

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So maybe you’ve seen a Cook’s Illustrated magazine or cookbook. And, maybe you’ve even caught an episode or two of the television series. You may be thinking, “Wow all of that testing and analyzing and sampling, these people must really be serious and committed to their craft. Well, they are. But… have a look at some of their lighter moments.

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THE BEST OF THE BOOK (Our Favorite Recipes)

Prime Rib for Two Maryland Crab Cakes
Weeknight Roast Chicken Chicken & Chorizo Paella
Spicy Pork Tacos (al Pastor) Sour Cream Biscuits
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Fresh Pasta Without a Machine
Vegetable Pot Pie Risotto Primavera
Campanelle with Roasted Garlic, Shrimp and Feta Grilled Spicy Shrimp Masala with Zucchini and Couscous Salad
Turkey Taco Salad Braised Cod Peperonata
Shrimp Fried Rice White Bean and Tuna Salad
Slow-Cooker Black Bean Soup Crème Caramel


There are tons of great recipes here. Over the years, I have seen so many versions and adaptations of the traditional US Senate Navy Bean Soup (P.60). Oddly enough, I never tire of them. This particular recipe really nails it. Great care was taken to replicate the original dish. I am certainly not a baker. I’m the first to admit that. The Skillet Olive Bread (P.268) can make even my limited skills really shine. Easy and beyond tasty. I know that we’re leaving winter behind at this point. But, the Slow-Cooker Southwestern Pork (P.226) is a fantastic excuse to breakout the crock pot in the middle of July! Is an excuse really even needed? Just plug and play.

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SPECIAL FEATURESCooking for Two 2013 [Hardcover]
The most special feature of Cooking For Two is the detail displayed in each of the recipes. Not that you would expect anything less from the authors of this cookbook. Short, illustrated lessons dot the sidebars along the way. And, an occasional product evaluation makes an appearance to guide you to the best ingredients for your creation. The Smart Shoppers Guide at the front of the book gives the reader a list of some of the basics you might consider for making the recipes.

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Here is the thing about this book. The basic structure is as comfortable as the popular Cook’s Illustrated magazine. If you like that style (like I do), then you will love this cookbook. Great recipes, more than thoroughly tested and explained in detailed step by step instructions. If you love the periodical, you’ll flip for the book. Cooking For Two makes cooking for two a snap and a pleasure.

Culinary Expertise 5.5
1= Boiling Water (novice) 10= Liquid Nitrogen (expert)

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UPDATE: Check out our review of the new Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen!