Party of Two? America’s Test Kitchen Has a Cookbook For You

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The angle: Over 650 recipes perfectly engineered for a party of two

Recipes for right now: Mushroom-Miso Soup with Shrimp and Udon, Corn Chowder, Thai-Style Beef Salad, Easy Skillet Cheese Pizza, Moroccan Chicken with Green Olives, Classic Lasagna, Buttermilk Waffles, Skillet Apple Crisp

Who would enjoy this book? Small households.

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: America’s Test Kitchen

Who published it: America’s Test Kitchen

Number of recipes: Over 650

Other highlights: Recipes don’t always scale down quite as nicely as you might like — something that America’s Test Kitchen has stepped in to remedy. This book is filled with classic dishes, from Pad Thai to Pizza, that are tailor-made just for two. Simple preparations, minimal leftovers.

Like every cookbook that America’s Test Kitchen puts out, this one is also about more (so much more) than just the recipes. I particularly like the section at the front of the book that talks about using up leftovers, like making stale bread into a summer berry gratin or making cabbage into quick kimchi.

I also think it’s ingenious how America’s Test Kitchen has adapted casseroles, like lasagna, to fit inside loaf pans — I love that we don’t have to buy a special dish for small-scale recipes. Don’t skip over the recipe headnotes, either — lots of great nuggets of culinary know-how to be found here!

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

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