The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You’ll Ever Want to Make (The Complete ATK Cookbook Series)

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650 Recipes for EVERYTHING You'll Ever Want to Make.

Because smaller families shouldn't have to rely on recipes built for four or six, America's Test Kitchen has reengineered 650 of our best recipes to serve just two. Over the years we've discovered that scaling down a recipe isn't as simple as cutting the ingredients in half—cooking times, temperatures, and equipment need to be adapted as well. This comprehensive cookbook takes the guesswork out of cooking for two so you can be sure that anything you want to make—from Classic Beef Stew to Lasagna to a mini batch of Fudgy Brownies or a Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake—will come out right (and perfectly proportioned) every time. We'll also give you options when you're short on time. 150 recipes, including Chicken Saltimbocca and Pan-Seared Rib-Eye Steaks with Sweet-Tart Red Wine Sauce, can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. For those times when you want healthier fare, we've provided more than 100 recipes labeled "Light" such as Provencal Vegetable Soup and Poached Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit, each with nutritional information listed in an easy-to-read chart in the back of the book. And we include chapters on for-two slow cooking, grilling, and baking pies, quick breads, cakes, and cookies. A 25-page manual teaches the basics of cooking for two, including clever shopping strategies to reduce waste, smart storage tricks help extend freshness of key ingredients, and our picks for the most useful kitchen equipment for any two-person household.

From the Publisher

Pasta SkilletPasta Skillet

Just you & me

Celebrate cooking on a smaller scale with recipes built from the ground up for feeding just two.


Sweet and Sour Sticky Ribs

Grilled Smoked SalmonGrilled Smoked Salmon

Cook for a couple, not a crowd…

This book is designed to be an all-purpose cookbook for today’s smaller households. We included a wide range of recipes—everything you might want to eat during the course of the year. With a clear goal in mind—scale down our favorite recipes to serve two—we headed into the test kitchen to start revamping.

Make the perfect amount of favorite dishes.

If you even occasionally cook for two people, then you know how challenging it can be to find smaller-scale recipes, let alone a complete apps-to-desserts collection. It took America’s one of the most trusted test kitchen to develop an all-purpose for-two cookbook that’s equal parts guaranteed-to-work recipes, innovative cooking strategies, and time-honored cooking expertise.

650 foolproof recipes for everything you’ll ever want to make.

500+ color recipe photos show you finished dishes.

‘Fast’ and ‘light’ recipes are flagged for easy reference.

Notes from the Test Kitchen offers expertise on everything from various types of flour to the best steaks for two to freezing cheese.

250+ color step photos illustrate techniques.



Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble



Chicken with couscous

Chicken with couscous

Soba Noodles with Roasted Eggplant and Sesame

Creamy, earthy eggplant pairs nicely with nutty, chewy soba noodles in this simple Asian-inspired dish.

Individual Blueberry Crumbles

A combination of butter, flour, brown sugar, oats, and a sprinkle of cinnamon provided the best flavor and texture for the streusel topping.

Risotto Primavera

To make the risotto a meal, we added vegetables inspired by pasta primavera: asparagus, mushrooms, onion, and peas.

Chicken and Couscous with Dried Fruit and Smoked Almonds

This easy yet elegant chicken and couscous dish relies on just one 10-inch skillet to cook the chicken, sauté the aromatics, and simmer the couscous.