Cooking-for-One Cookbooks

Enjoy recipes crafted for one person!

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Flavours Holidays approached with a great story!

Known since 1998 for theme vacations and small group tours in various Italian regions including Sicily, Tuscany, Venice, Amalfi and Puglia, Flavours Holidays never charge a single supplement. Private transfers enhance guest comfort!

Highlighted among Flavours Holidays offerings is “Singles Vacations.”

Here’s an opportunity to join other singles discovering/learning about a new activity, participating in private wine, chocolate or cheese tasting and visiting major tourist sites under the care of a private guide — while staying at a private villa!

Flavours Holidays' "Italian Cooking Holidays and Cookery Courses" — appear specially designed to appeal anyone cooking for one!

Instruction takes place in the kitchen of the villa where small group members learn new techniques and skills under the guidance of local chefs.

You'll return home with recipes you can add to your cooking at home favorites.

I posed questions to Flavours Holidays. Here are their responses:

Our overseas guests from the United States make up about 50 to 60 % of our overall international travellers. They originate primarily from the East and West Coast.
Predominant age range is 40 - 60 years.
About 40% tend to be more senior.

Flavours Holidays will mail you a free brochure or you may choose to download it — your choice!

To check them out, click: Flavours Holidays

Cooking-for-one can be enjoyable and tasty!

Recently, one of our visitors bemoaned the cost of cooking for one. “You might as well go to a soup kitchen; it’s far cheaper,” she said.

We didn’t argue. Cooking for one can be more expensive than cooking for two (and that’s not counting the value of time spent grocery shopping!) But then articles about comfort-seeking people munching cookies and sweets — casting their diets out the window — began appearing in the press. We thought some more about the topic.

Cooking for one holds valuable potential for all of us during these stressful times. It’s a way of feeding ourselves, of course, but it can also be a source of comfort and nurturing. Whether it’s eating healthy — personally seeking out fresh ingredients — or tantalizing our taste senses, it can be a rewarding aspect of single life — and it needn’t be expensive as many of the following books show.

Enjoy recipes crafted for one person!

Bon Appetit!

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Serve Yourself — Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One — by Joe Yonan (Random House, 2011)

"Cooking for One" Columnist for The Washington Post since 2008

"A perfect gift for any cooks who need a little inspiration in order to make lively, interesting food for themselves."

The Pleasures of Cooking for One — by Judith Jones (Random House, 2009)

" . . . cooking for yourself presents unparalleled possibilities for both pleasure and experimentation: you can utilize whatever ingredients appeal, using farmers' markets and specialty shops to enrich your palate and improve your health; you can feel free to fail, since a meal for one doesn't have to be perfect; and you can use leftovers to innovate — in the course of a week, the remains of beef bourguignon might be reimagined as a ragu . . . "

I love this book's emphasis — truly one for you or for anyone who wants to get into the joys of cooking for one! (Note: "underlining" above per your editor.)
National Public Radio lists The Pleasures of Cooking for One among the "10 Top Cookbooks of 2009.

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They depend on it for travel-sized versions of cereals (Kellog's Raisin Bran Cereal - bowl), jams (Kraft Strawberry Jelly - sealed cup), condiments (Stonewall Kitchen Country Ketchup), nuts (Corn Nuts - Nacho Cheese) snacks (Mary's Gone Crackers Organic Crackers - Herb), candy (Lifesavers Gummies - Tangy Fruits), breakfast (Diet Source Imitation Pancake Syrup), nutrition & energy bars (Betty Lou's Jumbo Fruit Bar - Cherry), and more. is also a terrific resource for YOU, the home cook! Check out their array of individual-sized gourmet foods (Cheese Spread with Wine - Cabernet Cheddar, Portlock Wild Smoked Salmon, Giovanni's Mushroom Pate - with Marsala wine) — perfect enhancements for a meal at home!

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The Pleasure Is All Mine: Selfish Food for Modern Life — by Suzanne Pirret (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2009)

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two: For the Small Slow Cooker — by Beth Hensperger (Harvard Common Press, 2007)

What We Eat When We Eat Alone: Stories and 100 Recipes — by Deborah Madison (Gibbs Smith 2009)

" 'When a woman would finally talk about how she loved to use her solo meals as a time to experiment, or that she set the table, poured a glass of wine and enjoyed that time, I just wanted to jump up and down with joy.' " Deborah Madison — "Eating Alone" by Camille Noe Pagan 12/02/09 —

Vegan Bites: Recipes for Singles — by Beverly Lynn Bennet (Book Publishing Company , 2008)

Solo Suppers - Simple Delicious Meals to Cook for Yourself — by Joyce Goldstein (Chronicle Books, 2003)

"It doesn't work to divide recipes meant for four to six. Or worse, people make them and end up with leftovers they have to throw out. Anything can work for one person if you start out with the right amount of ingredients."
"Cookbook Author Sees No Tragedy in Dining Alone" — USA Today — November 7, 2003

Vegan Meals for One or Two: Your Own Personal Recipes — by Nancy Berkoff (Vegetarian Resource Group, 2001)

The Fifteen-Minute Single Gourmet — by Paulette Mitchell (1996)

It shows how to shop fast and buy small amounts, then turn fresh ingredients into dishes you may be unaccustomed to preparing for yourself.

Going Solo in the Kitchen — by Jane Doerfer.(1998)

A tutorial for solo shopping in family-sized stores; managing food until it's prepared and served; varying the ingredients to match your tastes (or pantry); and finally, suggestions for leftovers at the end of the recipe.

Serves One:Simple Meals to Savor When You're on Your Ownby Toni Lydecker (2005)

Super meals for solo cooks.

Sooner or later, EVERYONE — business and pleasure travelers, singles, those divorced or widowed, very-marrieds whose spouses are on the road, harried moms and dads, etc. — faces the challenge of eating out alone!

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Healthy Cooking for Two (or just you) — by Frances Price (1997)

Low-fat recipes with half the fuss and double the taste.

Microwave Cooking for One — by Marie T. Smith (1999)

Smith's 300-plus recipes rarely take more than a half hour to prepare, and often less than that.

The Starving Students’ Cookbook — by Dede Hall (2002)

Over 150 tasty recipes, including microwave meals, vegerarian entrees, party recipes and more. Simple one-pot meals = less to wash!

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The 15-Minute Single Gourmet: 100 Deliciously Simple Recipes for One — by Paulette Mitchell (1996)

Recipes are simple and healthy.

Dude Food: Recipes for The Modern Guy — by Karen Brooks (2000)

Promises to take any guy from zero to sixty in the kitchen and big flavors — with minimal effort.

Quickies for Singles: Planning & Preparing Quick Meals for One — by Members of Fellowship Church Baton Rouge (1998)

You’ll find alternatives to TV dinners, hamburgers-on-the-run, and lots of leftovers among 200 quick-to-fix, single-serving recipes.

Healthy Cooking for Singles & Doubles — by Eleanor Brown (2005)

Inspired by spa cooking, this is a low calorie cookbook for people who live alone or with one other person.

Cooking for 1 or 2 (A Nitty Gritty Cookbook) — by Katherine Greenberg (1999)

The basics!

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