If you are the type of person who hates eating the same thing for dinner two nights in a row but also doesn't want to spend hours making dinner every single evening, then I think you'll be interested in this new cookbook. One Pan, Two Plates is full of one-pot (or one-skillet!) meals that come together in a flash and won't leave you a lot of leftovers to deal with. Sound like your kind of party? Read on.
• Who wrote it: Carla Snyder
• Who published it: Chronicle Books
• Number of recipes: 76
• Recipes for right now: Barley Risotto with Sweet Potatoes and Andouille Sausage; Vegetable Biryani; Crispy Sage Pork Cutlets with Couscous, Peas, Figs, and Pistachios; Lamb Korma; Winter Frittata with Escarole, Bacon, and Feta Cheese; Yellow Curry Chicken with Green Beans and Potatoes; Miso-Glazed Cod with Wilted Asian Red Cabbage Slaw; Poached Halibut with Chive Gremolata, Brussels Sprouts, and Butterbean Mash
• Other highlights: Speaking as someone who lives in a household of two, I love the idea for this book. Sometimes I get tired of scaling down recipes to suit just my husband and myself -- or the converse, weary of eating the same leftovers after the third or fourth day. I am definitely the target audience for One Pan, Two Plates!
The variety of meals covered in this dish makes me rub my hands together with glee. We will not be getting bored any time soon! Snyder brings together classics, like mac n' cheese and braised chicken thighs, with recipes that might be new for your repertoire, like Indian biryani and Thai red curry. The clearly stated "total time" and "hands on time" with each recipe also make it very easy to see what kind of dinner duty I'm signing up for. (Though I'm amused that "Serves 2" is still stated with every single recipe!)
Just a heads up that this is definitely a book for meat-eaters. While every dish is made with plenty of healthy and fresh ingredients, the majority of them have some sort of animal protein -- pork, beef, chicken, or seafood -- at their center.
• Who would enjoy this book? Folks cooking for just one or two people, cooks wanting some new ideas for dinner
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: One Pan, Two Plates by Carla Snyder (Also available at Barnes & Noble)
• Visit the author's website: Carla Snyder
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