“Gluten-Free Cooking for Two: 125 Favorites” by Carol Fenster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.99, 240 pages, paperback
Finally, cooler temperatures. That means the dinner menu can expand to comforting soups, stick-to-your-ribs stews and heartier dishes like beef Burgundy, coq au vin and spaghetti pie. But, if you live in a one- or two-person household and are on a gluten-free diet, finding small-size recipes for these dishes can be difficult.
Author Carol Fenster offers a solution in her latest cookbook, “Gluten-Free Cooking for Two: 125 Favorites.” She says more than one-fourth of Americans live in solo or two-people households.
“You shouldn’t have to give up your favorite foods just because you live a small — rather than four-serving — household,” she writes. "… please get rid of the notion that your small household isn’t important enough to justify cooking a meal.”
She discusses how to adapt your kitchen for cooking for two, listing appliances, pans and utensils that will help for small-batch cooking and suggesting the best way to shop to avoid food waste. She also lists the brands she used in testing the recipes, all of which include nutritional information.
Recipes are divided into six chapters: breakfast and brunch; soups, stews and sandwiches; main dishes; sides; breads; and desserts. Recipes range from pancakes to tiramisu. In between are such favorites as chili, minestrone, tuna-noodle casserole, pepperoni pizza, chicken cacciatore, cornbread and chocolate cake.
Many, but not all, of the recipes are illustrated with full-color photographs.
“Gluten-Free Cooking for Two” will be a welcome choice for singles, newly-married couples, empty-nesters and two-roommate households.
Cheramie Sonnier is a food writer and columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow her on Twitter, @CheramieSonnier.