“One Bowl: Simple Healthy Recipes for One” (ISBN 14639072X) reaches out to the 31 million Americans who cook for one with basic but delicious recipes and nutrition guidance.

Single adults can easily fall into the trap of thinking that cooking for one is too much work, and slip into a routine of tea and toast or frozen pizza. “One Bowl” addresses the challenge by offering recipes designed to satisfy the tastebuds and keep the cook healthy without straining the pocketbook or requiring major time investments. Early chapters address kitchen equipment, meal planning, and stocking the pantry. Brief sections throughout the recipes introduce the reader to basic cooking techniques, from how to boil an egg to how to roast vegetables. Nutrition sidebars throughout the chapters offer tips and advice on choosing foods, while the final chapter focuses on the basics of a nutritious diet and includes worksheets to guide the reader through learning to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Watching my friends and family struggle with cooking for one instead of a family inspired me. My own busy schedule and experiences in research led me to simplify recipes and while my work in nutrition research inspired me to focus on produce and whole grains as the basis of an enjoyable and healthy diet.

Featured recipes, including English Muffin Pizzas with Garlic Herb Pizza Sauce, Lemon Artichoke Spread, Cheesy Navy Beans, Sweet Corn and Tomato Chowder, and Quinoa Kale Salad, emphasize vegetables and bold flavors while retaining a strong grounding in American classics. Bostic encourages her readers both to adapt recipes to their own tastes and to increase the variety of foods they eat. Most recipes are easily adapted to special diets, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. Intended to inspire improved eating habits, the cookbook’s easy to follow recipes and information is written for any teenager or adult.

“One Bowl” is available for sale on Amazon.com and can be ordered via booksellers nationwide. Local outlets will be listed on onebowlcookbook.com as that information becomes available.

Update: One Bowl can also be purchased as an e-book on ScribD.

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