The Pleasures of Cooking for One

The Pleasures of Cooking for One

Judith Jones / Feb 25, 2020
The Pleasures of Cooking for One From the legendary editor of some of the world s greatest cooks including Julia Child and James Beard a passionate and practical book about the joys of cooking for one Here in convincing fashion Jud
  • Title: The Pleasures of Cooking for One
  • Author: Judith Jones
  • ISBN: 9780307270726
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the legendary editor of some of the world s greatest cooks including Julia Child and James Beard a passionate and practical book about the joys of cooking for one.Here, in convincing fashion, Judith Jones demonstrates that cooking for yourself presents unparalleled possibilities for both pleasure and experimentation you can utilize whatever ingredients appeal, usingFrom the legendary editor of some of the world s greatest cooks including Julia Child and James Beard a passionate and practical book about the joys of cooking for one.Here, in convincing fashion, Judith Jones demonstrates that 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 rag , pork tenderloin may become a stir fry, a cup or two of wild rice produces both a refreshing pilaf and a rich pancake, and red snapper can be reinvented as a summery salad It s a fulfilling and immensely economical process, one perfectly suited for our times although, as Jones points out, cooking for one also means we can occasionally indulge ourselves in a favorite treat.Throughout, Jones is both our instructor and our mentor, suggesting basic recipes such as tomato sauce, preserved lemons, pesto, and homemade stock that all cooks should have on hand teaching us how to improvise using an ingenious strategy of building meals through the week and supplying us with a lifetime s worth of tips and shortcuts From Child s advice for buying fresh meat to Beard s challenge to beginning cr pe makers and Lidia Bastianich s tips for cooking perfectly sauced pasta, Jones s book presents a wealth of acquired knowledge from our finest cooks.The Pleasures of Cooking for One is a vibrant, wise celebration of food and enjoying our own company from one of our most treasured cooking experts.
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        Judith B Jones retired as senior editor and vice president at Knopf in 2011 In 1950 she rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from the reject pile In 1960, she championed a cookbook no other publisher would touch, named it Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and became Julia Child s editor from then on She ushered all of John Updike s books into print, including the posthumous titles, and edited many other important works both culinary and literary.Jones has written a number of cookbooks herself, as well as a cookbook memoir, The Tenth Muse My Life in Food Raised in New England, she lives in New York City and summers in Northern Vermont, where she also raises grass fed cattle on the Bryn Teg farm.Her husband and collaborator Evan Jones died in 1996 The couple had no children.Jones joined Knopf in 1957 as an assistant to Blanche Knopf and editor working mainly on translations of French writers such as Albert Camus and Jean Paul Sartre Before that she worked for Doubleday, first in New York and then in Paris, where she read and recommended The Diary of Anne Frank, pulling it out of the rejection pile.Major culinary authors Jones has brought into print include Lidia Bastianich, James Beard, Julia Child, Marion Cunningham, Rosie Daley, Edward Giobbi, Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Edna Lewis, Joan Nathan, Scott Peacock, Jacques P pin, Claudia Roden, and Nina Simonds The 18 book Knopf Cooks American series was Jones creation She is also the longtime editor of John Updike, Anne Tyler, John Hersey, Elizabeth Bowen, Peter Taylor and William Maxwell.Jones wrote three books with her husband Evan, and has written two on her own since his death, one on cooking for one person, as well as a memoir of her life and food.Jones has contributed to Vogue, Saveur, and Gourmet magazines In 2006, she was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.She was portrayed by American actress Erin Dilly in the 2009 film, Julie Julia from


    1. This is a lovely cookbook I read it in honor of Judith Jones, who died this week If you aren t familiar with Judith, she was a legendary editor in New York, famous for discovering Julia Child s manuscript that became the bestselling Mastering the Art of French Cooking Judith also found a diary by Anne Frank and pushed to get it published in America When I saw that, I marveled at the idea that if it weren t for Judith, we might never have learned about Anne That book is assigned reading in many A [...]

    2. Marvelous little book My husband asked why I wanted to read a cookbook by a woman whose husband had died, implying her cooking may have played a role in it He also is the one who looked at the cover of Pat Conroy s cookbook and said, Would you want to eat food that made you look like that So I googled Evan Jones obituary He died at age 80, from complications after a fall in his New York apartment.End of discussion.

    3. This is a lovely book it has two uses The first is that the author, who clearly loves to cook, talks about losing her husband, and how she thought she would never cook again, or at least not enjoy it because it was so wrapped up in their relationship, and discovering that indeed it was possible to do that and to do it with elan not just to cut recipes in a quarter and go forward, but to actually cook as if treating yourself to something She is the woman who edited the Julia Child cookbook, so sh [...]

    4. So I bought this on a whim and totally love it Jones is the discoverer and publisher of Julia Child and many other chefs who have transformed cooking in America I love the layout, the personable tone, the occasional beautiful pictures It is interesting reading and not just as a cookbook But the best aspect is her ability to move a recipe through several incarnations a pork tenderloin s leftovers morph into a Red Flannel Pork Hash, Broiled Lamb Chop becomes Lamb and Lentils, and the goal is teach [...]

    5. I have never enjoyed reading a cookbook like I have enjoyed this one The text is written with great simplicity, sincerity, and directness I felt as if I were having a conversation with Judith Jones, Julia Child s editor, as I read about and then cooked and ate her creations.This type of book is long overdue The portions are sized right for one and easily increased for two it is so much easier to increase a tiny bit than to try to decrease a recipe for 4 or 6 to one I have especially enjoyed the [...]

    6. After watching Julie Julia last spring I wanted to go home and cook through Julia Child s cookbook I checked it out from the library and was first overwhelmed by the textbook like nature of it and second overwhelmed by the large amounts of food that each recipe makes This book by Judith Jones, the editor of most of Julia Child s cookbooks, is simplified French cuisine scaled for one perfect for me My favorite recipe I ve tried so far is the crepes I love flipping them over by flicking the pan an [...]

    7. I thought I should check this out since I need to cook instead of doing frozen when hubby is out of town so much There were things I liked and disliked about the book The good things were day 2 and day 3 recipes to handle the leftovers The down side was several recipes were things that were labor intensive than I wanted or used foods that I wouldn t normally buy But hands down I think having soup recipes for one was the neatest thing in the book I m on the fence about getting my own copy, I mi [...]

    8. I loved this book.It s hard to find decent recipes for a single person, and not only that but these are budget friendly if you plan accordingly.Her writing style is friendly and easy to follow Her recipes are written with a balance between measurement and feel cooking What I mean by that is, she gives you amounts but also encourages you to taste and choose according to your preference and appetite I find many recipes in general are rigid and exact, or extremely vague whereas she strikes a balanc [...]

    9. I m not sure who Judith Jones is cooking for, but it sure isn t me Her penchent for ofal gizzards, liver, etc really turns me off I know many people like it, but is that really what you want to cook at home alone I was hoping for pared down dishes of standards and how to make many meals out of one There is nothing like that in the book I first added this to my list about a year ago and have since become vegetarian There are NO vegetarian dishes in this book Even the veggie sides are slathered in [...]

    10. Not exactly what I had in mind when I went searching for a cookbook with recipes for 1 or 2 With recipes like Veal Kidneys in Mustard Sauce , Beef Shank and Oxtail Ragu , Fresh Veal Tongue , and Calf s Liver with Shallot and Wine Pan Sauce , this cookbook was a bit too heavy handed for me not at all what I m looking to cook up in my kitchen I found a couple of recipes I may want to try, but all in all I found this cookbook quite disappointing.

    11. this is also a fine book about cooking for two it would be good for a beginning cook, with its simple recipies and advice about stocking a beginner s kitchen in a bare bones way, with ingredients, pots, utensils great ideas about leftovers very New England y popovers, plenty of parsnips, e.g thanks you, library, for some fresh ideas

    12. Some sample recipes I copied from this book.Fennel, Apple, and Walnut SaladCream SauceBaked Polenta with VegetablesLentil Salad with Roasted GarlicApple Maple Bread Pudding

    13. I am of a mess hall cook I get it done If I am not cooking for someone else, why bother After reading Jones book, I think about the table I set for myself and the food I choose to eat There are meat dishes I won t prepare but reading the recipes has increased my culinary IQ All the remaining recipes are slowly making an appearance in my test kitchen Favorites to date include Schrafft s oatmeal raisin cookies, quiche for one, baked polenta with vegetables try beet greens for a different flavor [...]

    14. Ooh where to begin The beef bourguignon Chicken divan, beans with turkey wings, Maple Apple bread pudding, zucchini pancakes, polenta, quiche, ratatouille Even blueberry soup How neat is that I love how there is no right or wrong in this book Judith is as encouraging, as she is creative We CAN make food our very own I ve honestly never been so excited to cook All the tips, the versatility it s very inspiring You can tell how much love was put into this book.The hardest part now, will be choosing [...]

    15. I think you need to live in NYC to truly enjoy this book Lots of strange ingredients I read the other reviews and it wasn t the unusual recipes It was things like veal stock that should be in your pantry or freezer I have had to cook for one in my life a fair amount and the basic idea that you are worth the trouble to eat great food is so true I have always found cooking relaxing but I know not everyone does.

    16. 8.2.2017 updateh t Judith Jones obituary and wonderful article about an event I would have loved to have attended Added to the TBR list The Tenth Muse My Life in FoodWhat a beautiful collection of unfussy, delicious sounding recipes Jones makes cooking for yourself fun, interesting, and full of flavor Even though I m no longer cooking for just myself, the ideas Jones shares here are scaleable planning for leftovers, being flexible, and being adventurous.Recipes I bookmarked French meatloaf 58 St [...]

    17. This book has just joined my must own listing Judith Jones may be best known for editing an author a few folks outside the culinary world might have heard of Um, JULIA CHILD , but her own passion for good food shines through in this book Written after the loss of her husband, this book celebrates the rights of the single individual to enjoy incredible, delicious food Sprinkled amidst the recipes are all sorts of helpful hints for getting multiple meals out of each recipe, using leftover ingredie [...]

    18. Hard to say read a cookbook still trying recipes This is a book for people who enjoy cooking and eating good food while not having tons of left overs Appreciate her suggestion of things to have on hand, and pleased I already intuitively do many of her suggestions for using ingredients to create a fresh variety of tastes Learned some new ideas for freezing sauces and tidbits to extend the taste The author is a cook and has worked with Julia Child and recent popular chefs to produce cookbooks.

    19. The story I hear from my widowed mother and her friends is that cooking for one is difficult, no fun and gathering inspiration and motivation next to impossible Better to snack on crackers and cheese than create a sinkful of dirty dishes.Then I found this little gem at my local library book sale Jones is credited with discovering Julia Child and remained her editor and lifelong friend She wrote this book after her husband died when she wondered whether she could ever enjoy cooking again alone an [...]

    20. When cooking for one or even for two I find I struggle to adapt most recipes to fit our needs without either being buried in leftovers or scrounging around looking for something just an hour later I am quite saddened that the most simple of solutions to help make sure what I cook when for less than the standard four servings stared me in the face for years and I never thought to try it When doubling a recipe I instinctively pull out a larger pot when do I not do this when I halve Hopefully Jone [...]

    21. The recipes in this gem of a cookbook range from simple to complex and all are flexible I really like how Jones offers variations on many recipes They provide the ability to cook a variety of meals easily I m not someone who wants to eat the same thing for four or six days and Jones offers a number of ways to start with one recipe and use the leftovers in other, different, recipes Not all of the recipes are like that of course, some recipes do stand alone I would describe the style as French i [...]

    22. If you enjoy reading cookbooks for the joy of reading cookbooks, this is a good one to curl up with The photography is terrific as are the recipes However, as a practical guide to cook for one it was lost on me Granted shad roe with cream sauce was in the specials category, but really I don t cook shad roe for than one I felt the idea behind the book was to be applauded Cooking for one person is often no fun Especially when you are use to cooking for a family and if you cook just for yourself y [...]

    23. Cooking for one can bring many challenges but I found the information in this book extremely helpful I love the author s philosophy of why not make a fantastic meal for yourself You deserve it I have started feeling this way lately Eating frozen meals is just crap and it really is easier than you think to cook for yourself if needed The areas of this book that I benefited from were the essential equipment and what to have in your freezer and refrigerator These tools and essentials are definitely [...]

    24. In a figurative sense, this book needs cowbell One of the important aspects I look for in a cookbook is that it have nice photographs to illustrate what the cooking process looks like However, photos in this book are sporadic and are often pictures of the final product rather than capturing a slice of the process However, the nicest feature of the book entailed suggestions for leftovers of the primary recipe In the end, I wasn t really inspired to undertake any of the recipes or change my cook [...]

    25. I liked that the focus on the cookbook is using your leftovers in two or three delicious meals I ve found this method in cookbooks with normal sized portions, but this was the first time I ve seen it in a cooking for one cookbook I enjoyed Judith Jones chatty tone and her discussion of techniques and equipment used in cooking for one This cookbook seems to me to be very French inspired, which is fine with me, but might not be good for some Overall, it was good enough for me to buy in hardback, w [...]

    26. I love cookbooks and I particularly enjoy cookbooks where the author adds comments that make me feel like he or she is in the kitchen talking to me about a dish we re about to make together Judith Jones has created that with her Pleasures of Cooking for One I tried three of her recipes the very first week I bought the book Enjoyable and easy to make, they looked great on the plate and were totally yummy I have since made the Small Roast Pork Tenderloin for than one person, to rave reviews And w [...]

    27. Divine, lovely, perfect Should inspire everyone to take better care of themselves Treat yourself like royalty whether you have a family or not Favorite quote I soon realized that the pleasure we shared together was something to honor I found myself at the end of the day looking forward to cooking, making recipes that work for one, and then sitting down and savoring a good meal Could very well change my life

    28. It took me a long time to read this It wasn t bad and it had a few useful tips but all in all I m not sure how often this recipe book will be used I just wasn t excited about anything in it It might be better as a regional cookbook because the most interesting things to me included very New England y recipes and ingredients Things difficult to get in Chicago Like softshell crabs and gooseberries

    29. This book contains many fancy recipes It s not really written for someone who is starting to cook for themselves It s of a book for someone who had a family, but is now just cooking for themselves Most of the recipes were too fancy or contained items I don t have in my kitchen, or were simply just recipes which I had no interest in making.It has some nice ideas for what to do with leftovers.

    30. I will carry this book with me wherever I go Well, not literally, but it won t be left behind to go to Lifeline or St Vinnies if I move It is elegant Everytime I feel sorry for myself or eat cheese on toast for dinner I get out the fine china and linen because this book has shown me that I am worth the trouble It sits on my coffee table not on my cookbook shelf, because it is about life than cooking Love it

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