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The perfect for-two cookbook for newlyweds, college graduates, and empty nesters
Learn the ins and outs of successful small-scale cooking from the experts at America’s Test Kitchen. This groundbreaking resource was the first to re-engineer recipes to serve just two. We put our expertise to work to scale down 650 of our best recipes including the trickiest dishes, from soups and stews to stir-fries and meatloaf, even cakes and pies. We did the math to take the guesswork out of cooking for two so you can be sure that anything you want to make–whether it’s lasagna or a batch of fudgy brownies or a fluffly yellow cake–will come out perfectly every time. The extensive introduction includes clever shopping strategies to reduce waste, smart storage tricks that help extend the freshness of key ingredients, and our picks for the most useful kitchen equipment for any two-person household.
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Cook well, and eat well, on your terms
If you even occasionally cook for two people, then you know how challenging it can be to find smaller scale recipes, let alone an entire collection of them. For years the test kitchen didn’t take this subset of cooking seriously—after all, it seemed like an easy adaptation of most any recipe. But, after receiving literally hundreds of requests, we went into the kitchen and discovered that cooking for two is a lot more complicated than dividing by two. It’s truly a whole new way of cooking.
“The go-to gift book for newlyweds, small families or empty nesters. From breakfast to dinner, sides to desserts, the comprehensive cookbook has more than 650 recipes scaled down for two.” – Orlando Sentinel
It took America’s most trusted test kitchen to develop a for-two cookbook that is equal parts guaranteed-to-work recipes, innovative cooking strategies, and time-honed kitchen expertise. We believe The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook Gift Edition will be an invaluable all-purpose resource:
Lasagna that Won’t Wear Out Its Welcome
We redesign our recipe to serve two by trading a baking pan for a loaf pan. A few ingredients added to the sauce gives us a velvety texture reminiscent of a Bolognese sauce, meatloaf mix (a combination of ground beef, veal, and pork) adds more flavor and richness than ground beef alone, and no-boil lasagna noodles were a timesaver and fit neatly into the pan.
Single Skillet Feast for Two
There’s nothing more satisfying than fork-tender beef slow-roasted with creamy potatoes and sweet carrots. But when you’re cooking for two, you want all that, and less (less meat than called for in a classic pot roast recipe, and less prep and cleanup, too). We found top blade steak to be a very tender and richly flavored cut of meat that’s well suited to pot roasting; it has plenty of collagen to break down and add flavor during cooking.
Just the Right Number of Freshly Baked Cookies
Our favorite recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies yields 24 cookies—far too many even for a pair of die-hard cookie fans. We wanted a recipe for 12 cookies, and we wanted it to be quick and convenient. Our secret? Melted butter gives the cookies a chewy texture and enables us to easily stir our ingredients by hand (no lugging out the electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar).
Greek-Style Lamb Pita Sandwiches
We wanted restaurant-style Greek gyros—slices of shaved, marinated lamb, tomato slices, crisp lettuce, and cooling cucumber-yogurt sauce stuffed inside a soft pita—that we could make at home. Rather than the traditional shaved slices of meat from a vertical rotisserie, we pan-fried ground lamb patties flavored with mint, onion, and minced garlic.