A few weeks ago, I had a friend visiting (as a house guest) from California. We were out and about doing some things that I don’t usually do: visited A Southern Season to browse for housewares and foods, and we visited The Regulator Bookshop. Both were having their summer sales. As usual, I came home with things that I did not expect to buy.
One of my “finds” at the bookstore was The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones. This is an admixture of philosophy of eating alone as well as some recipes, and, best of all, lots of tips for not having left-overs. While some of the recipes are for things that cannot be bought in small quantities (like pork tenderloin) she provides recipes and suggestions about make several different dishes from the “left-overs” so that they really don’t taste like left-overs. While this does require some meal planning, the emphasis here is on flexibility and improvisation. I was impressed that the recipes here were real meals for real enjoyment. I think that this is a worthwhile addition to my cookbook library.