Cooking for two ... and the party crowd

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December 27, 2006|By Carla Correa | Carla Correa,Sun reporter

The Two of Us ... and Friends

A Young Couple's Guide to Cooking and Entertaining (Easily, Affordably) With Elegance and Style

EatingWell Serves Two: 150 Healthy in a Hurry Suppers

By Jim Romanoff

The Countryman Press / 2006 / $24.95

EatingWell Serves Two is a more practical approach to feeding two hungry young professionals.

Author Jim Romanoff, food editor and a recipe developer at EatingWell magazine, believes cooking for two isn't as easy as halving a recipe. Through interesting yet easy meals, he attempts to stem those urges to order pizza.

Romanoff's well-rounded book is arranged by type of dish (dinner salads, poultry, etc.), and each chapter includes twists on traditional favorites. White Chili and Barbecued Mussels were among the dishes that sounded tasty. He also provides a chapter of vegetarian offerings. Each recipe makes two servings.

Tips range from how to shop in small quantities ("Avoid waste, use the salad bar!") to keeping a well-stocked pantry. The descriptions of kitchen techniques are particularly useful for new cooks. Other features include grain- and vegetable-cooking guides, quick sauces and ingredient notes.

For couples counting calories, EatingWell provides nutritional information for all its recipes. Many servings seemed to fall within the 200- to 400-calorie range - another good reason to skip the takeout.

carla.correa@baltsun.com

A recipe for Shallot Tarte Tatin can be found at baltimoresun.com/taste.

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