Since You Asked: How about recipes for just one?

I like your recipes. Unfortunately, I am a senior widower living alone, and all the recipes are for four, six or eight or more servings. I recently purchased a copy of "The Pleasures of Cooking for One" by Judith Jones. But it's a bit eclectic for me. Can you recommend a more down-to-earth recipe book for one?

— Stephen N., Medford

There are a lot of people in your position who enjoy cooking but want recipes accessible for one — from college-age adults just finding their way around kitchens to single, older adults who struggle to polish off family-sized dishes in the course of a week.

The skill sets in cookbooks aimed at singles vary widely, though. The ones for "starving students" — how to cook an egg or make macaroni and cheese — are likely too elementary for someone with your experience, while most cookbooks illustrating techniques are aimed at family cooking.

Miami Herald columnist Linda Cicero recently recommended Jane Doerfer's "Going Solo in the Kitchen" (Knopf, 1998). It is readily available at bookstores and at Amazon for a range of prices.

Nearly all of the 300-plus recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, plus Doerfer gives tips on stocking a kitchen, how to store food and explains simple techniques such as cuting up a chicken. Many of the recipes include two or more variations and suggestions for how to use leftovers.

Cicero adapted this pork cutlet recipe from Doerfer's book to illustrate simple, budget-conscious but delicious cooking for one.

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