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One is Fun (Coronet Books) Paperback – 1 Apr 1987

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (1 April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340389591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340389591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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...cooking 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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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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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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When my husband died I just cooked a meal and ate the same thing two days running, or froze a portion for eating later. I thought to give this book a go and have cooked a lot of the recipes--mostly main courses. There are some lovely recipes which have become favourites. Chicken with ginger is delicious. Some of the meals are quite large and I end up eating the leftovers for lunch the next day. Glad I bought this.
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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
appreciated
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