Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One
From the award-winning food editor of The Washington Post comes a cookbook aimed at the food-loving single. Joe Yonan brings together more than 100 inventive, easy-to-make, and globally inspired recipes celebrating solo eating. Dishes like Mushroom and Green Garlic Frittata , Catfish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw , and Smoked Trout, Potato, and Fennel Pizza will add excitement to any repertoire and forever dispel the notion that single life means starving, settling for take-out, or facing a fridge full of monotonous leftovers. Yonan also includes shopping and storage tips for the single-chef household, along with creative ideas for making use of extra ingredients. Serve Yourself makes cooking for one a deeply satisfying, approachable pleasure. And with such delectable meals, your solo status could be threatened if you’re forced to share with others! From the Trade Paperback edition.
By Suegsf "sue" - April 9, 2011
His writing is excellent and the advice on downsizing your cooking is well taken. I must say that I have not marked any recipes to try as yet except the tortillas and pizza dough. He's heavy on black beans and corn neither one turns me on. Actually,there's quite a slant towards Southwest tastea The additional text and advice are a good read. And I'm sure as I read more I'll find gems to try and be able to adapt some others to my taste. I've so enjoyed his columns in the Washington Post that I was eager to own the book. It's not daunting in size and the price is reasonable.
You'll either love or hate this book
By Michael Santaly - September 22, 2012
I'm a single man living alone, and I saw this book recommend by Men' Health. So I picked it up, not doing enough research, admittedly. I assumed this book would be filled with more...conventional types of food? Don't know how to word it, but for example this book has an entire section devoted to tacos, and yet there is not one recipe for a beef taco! If you like a catfish taco though, he has it for you. Some of the dishes can be altered, but than that kinda isn't the point of a cook book...
The bottom line is I thought this book was for someone who is new to the kitchen. But really its for someone who is familiar with the kitchen, but bored making the same old thing.
On the plus side Joe Yonan has a small paragraph before each recipe explaining how he came up with them, along with beautiful pictures, and what they mean to him. There are also a few essays through the book where he goes more in depth about his life. Its a nice touch, and those parts are enjoyable... read more