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One is Fun (Coronet Books) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Delia Smith
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1 April 1987 Coronet Books
This cookery book provides easy-to-prepare recipes specially devised for the single cook, so that they don't have to divide ordinary recipes for four into a meal for one person.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (1 April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340389591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340389591
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delia Smith is Britain's bestselling cookery writer, whose books have sold over 21 million to date. She began her writing career 40 years ago on the Daily Mirror and since then has presented very many cookery series on television and published numerous bestselling cookery books including Delia Smith's Cookery Course, Summer and Winter Collections, The Vegetarian Collection, Delia's How to Cook and Delia's Happy Christmas among others.

After a five-year break in 2003 to concentrate on Norwich City Football Club (where she is a director) and Canary Catering, Delia returned in 2008 with a new BBC TV series and the fastest-selling cookery book of all time, How to Cheat at Cooking. Her Complete How to Cook was released in 2009 to celebrate 40 years of writing recipes and was voted the Most Useful Cookery Book of All Time. She was also awarded a CBE for her services to the food industry. Delia is married to the writer and editor, Michael Wynn Jones. They live in Suffolk.

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About the Author

Delia Smith CBE is the UK's best-selling cookery author, having published over 21 million copies since her first book, How to Cheat at Cooking, was published in 1973. Her cookery books, including Delia's Frugal Food, Delia Smith's Cookery Course and Delia's Complete How to Cook have become instant classics and are firm favourites of cooks around the world, making Delia a household name. Awarded both an OBE and a CBE in recognition of her "contribution to television cooking and recipe writing," Delia's signature, no-nonsense approach to cooking has inspired millions of home cooks to master the culinary basics and prepare classic, delicious meals with minimum fuss.

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150 of 156 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as much fun...... 16 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback for one!

'In Delia's One is Fun, Delia has brought her thorough, detailed and commonsense approach to the problems of shopping for, storing and preparing food for one. No longer will single cooks have to wrestle with dividing ordinary recipes for four (how do you cope with a quarter of an egg anyway?).
Here is a treasury of specially devised, ready-made recipes for one.............This imaginative collection will positively encourage you to get cooking.
It goes without saying that it is also a book for all Delia's other followers. It is simplicity itself to adapt these recipes for up to four people, making them a valuable addition to all those that have become family favourites throughout the country.'

Paperback covers open to 224 glossy pages, split over chapters:

1. Solo Soups
2. Simply Eggs
3. Fun Fish
4. One Man's Meat...
5. Prime Pasta and Rice
6. The Lone Vegetarian
7. Singular Salads and Sauces
8. Vegetable Variations
9. Super Snacks
10. Happy Endings

sandwiched between conversion tables, an intro, equipment, ingredients, notes on healthy eating and an index.

Unfussy format and easy-to-read text with a peppering of full-page colour plates, along with the 2-page black and white illustrations which open each chapter. This double page spread includes a list of the recipes which follow for quick reference. Each chapter continues with some relevant text written in typical unpretentious 'Delia' fashion, passing on - at times - the tips of other famous food writers, e.g.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE
Seventeen years ago, when a posting to the North-East meant that I had the opportunity (and the necessity) to cook for myself every evening, this book pretty much taught me how to cook. The redoubtable Ms Smith has produced books teaching cooking from the very basics, but I found the eight pages of introduction at the beginning of this one, plus the recipes themselves, to be all I needed to produce excellent meals from day one. (Perhaps my mother deserves some of the credit too, for dragging me into the kitchen to stir the gravy or custard so many times in the past!)

Moreover, while one of the reasons that Delia wrote it was that she recognised that it was difficult to scale-down recipes for four or more people, it is very easy to scale up recipes written for one, and my wife still cooks many of my favourites for the family. Just one word of warning, though: you may have to allow more cooking time: the first time I did "Lamb chops baked with aubergines" for a dinner party the joke was that the lamb was still bleating, it was so rare.

Tonight, because my wife is unwell, I have reached for it and have chosen steak with mustard and juniper sauce, and am looking forward to getting started.

One bit of basic cooking instruction that this book does contain is how to do "basic rice". Delia is a fan of the absorption method, and if you follow her directions you will produce excellent rice without clouds of steam or the need to sieve it before serving.

In my experience it takes about one hour from start of preparation to sitting down to eat one of the dishes, which is certainly not as fast as some "cooking for one" recipe books, but this is not about particularly quick or easy to prepare meals - they are mostly of moderate complexity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food glorious foodThis 18 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This One is Fun has given me lots of ideas for
cooking for one and there as so many meals and
cannot wait to try them all. After cooking for
a family it is very hard to get used to cooking
for yourself after 60 years of raising a family
cooking meals and making cakes and pancakes
which the children could not get enough of.
Now they have to do all their own cooking. I'd
love to cook like I used to but living on ones
own you have to adjust. Many thanks, much
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151 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, it taught me to cook 27 Jan 2000
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I bought this book fifteen years ago when I first started living on my own. I'd been through the whole student experience of living out of packets and wanted to start cooking some decent meals. After using this marvellous book for while, I suddenly realised that it had stealthily taught me to cook. There are recipes that show you how to make a white sauce, choux pastry, a soufflé, soups, chocolate mousse and lots more. The recipe for chicken in preserved ginger sauce is my favourite dish and I serve it to everyone when they come to dinner for the first time. I love this book so much that over the years I've given countless copies to friends as presents (in fact I think I paid for that conservatory that Delia cooks in on TV). My own copy is well-worn and splashed from much use. Even today after all these years, most of my weekly menus come from 'One is Fun!' Viva Delia!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One is Fun 25 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed with this book - when I cooked for a family, I had many ingredients in the store cupboard. Now I can't afford to buy lots of spices, herbs, purees etc as they go out of date long before they are finished/used. Since this is a book for one person I expected that not so many 'special' ingredients would be used. I have tried two recipes and have been disappointed with both of them - bear in mind I have been cooking happily for many, many, years!! Now what am I going to do with the herbs,spices, sauces, purees etc which I bought in my initial enthusiasm???!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I bought this for my Mum as she had lost her old copy. It was as described and is a pretty good, if slightly old-fashioned, cookbook.
Published 25 days ago by Stuart Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars Condition "Good"?
Condition fair would have been a better description, some pages are food stained and others written on..

Given the price I have rated it fair
Published 1 month ago by Helga Oates
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I bought. this book back in the early. 90s for my son to take to university it was well used and is still being used today by his family they just. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rhyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Book review.
Not very keen on it. Full of foreign ingredients one may only use once. Would not recommend it for the average cook. Bookworm.
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Delia
Ticks all the boxes as a classic Delia book - and as ever, the recipes still work without fail! Worth the purchase
Published 2 months ago by Paul Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this years ago and now bought it again!!
I bought this when it first came out, used it a lot, but then moved abroad and needed to downsize with books, to many, so this went to the charity shop. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I've had to buy several copies of this book, my friends keep pinching them. (I'll let you have it back !!!!. never happens). Wide range of recipes, all fairly easy to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by I. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars 'I love Delia' club
I do like Delia Smith's approach and agree with an idea this book is one of that 'you must have it', when you are a single /or not/.
Published 3 months ago by Darina Slamkova
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooking for one
Some of the recipes are specialised and time consuming to make but a lot are a useful change to the norm.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. D. Rydings
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was very disappointed with the condition of the book especially when compared to other similar books I have bought. I have given it to a charity shop .
Published 3 months ago by Jill Moorcroft
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