Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Cookbook from Washington Post Food Editor Joe Yonan

Most recipes are designed to serve four, six, or eight people and aren't easily scaled down to serve just one diner. As the “Cooking for One”columnist for the Washington Post and the head of a single household, food editor Joe Yonan knows a thing or two about the takeout doldrums and the challenges of creating practical "serves 1” dinners that meet the standards of the avid and engaged eater. Serve Yourself is packed with tasty single-serving meals that are simple to prepare but do not skimp on freshness and flavor.

Single-person households have been the fastest growing census category in America since the 1980s—more than 31 million at last count. In addition, most modern couples consist of at least one person who frequently works past the dinner hour or is out of town for days at a time on business.

Eclectic and enticing, the 100 recipes in Serve Yourself are simple, streamlined and inspired by all parts of the globe—including Mexico, Japan, Italy, and Thailand, as well as the author's native Texas. Inventive dishes like Thai Fried Rice with Runny Egg, Curried Shrimp on a Sweet Potato, Duck Breast Tacos with Plum Salsa, Pulled Pork Sandwich with Green Mango Slaw, and Cardamom-Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles. Sidebars offer friendly tips for shopping for one, ideas for leftover management, and advice about cooking techniques and equipment.

Serve Yourselfcelebrates the flexibility of single life and the freedom to cook the foods you crave when you crave them.

Joe Yonanwas the travel editor and a food writer at the Boston Globe, and is currently the food and travel editor at the Washington Post, where he writes the award-winning "Cooking for One”column. Joe’s work also earned the Post the 2009 and 2010 James Beard Foundation’s award for best food section. He lives in Washington D.C.

Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One

Joe Yonan

$22 paperback with flaps • 192 pages • full-color photos • 7 x 9 inches

ISBN 978-1-58008-513-7 • Publication Date: April 2011

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