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"The economics of cooking for two is not only to buy what you'll use, but also to make what you'll eat."

Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough


Cookbook Review

Cooking for Two: 120 Recipes for Every Day and Those Special Nights

Written by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough
Published in 2004 by HarperCollins

Reviewed by Brenda Kohlmyer

The absolutely best thing about this book is that the recipes look like old friends. Although Weinstein & Scarbrough slip in their share of French terminology and tofu there are a comforting number of recipes that will be familiar to anyone browsing its’ pages at the bookstore.

Tuna Noodle Casserole…Smoked Pork Chops with Apples…Arroz con Pollo…Swedish Meatballs…Jambalaya…Chicken Pot Pie…Gingerbread Cookies…Black Forest Cake… and Brownies.

That’s not to say that these recipes are boring, Coq Au Vin and Crawfish Stuffed Artichokes certainly aren’t, it’s just that the authors recognized that people who are cooking for one or two should have the option to cook familiar food. It’s tough enough reinventing yourself as a single person without having to learn an entirely new way of cooking and eating at the same time.

This cookbook gives you the comfort food to get through the early rough patches, the impress-your-date food for when you’ve moved on, and sensible options for the days in-between. Cooking instructions are easy to follow and the authors included a decent primer with advice on buying the right tools for cooking in small batches. There’s even a quick reference to the ethnic ingredients some dishes call for.

I picked up my copy at Third Place Books in Seattle, but it’s also available online at and