Cookbook giveaway - Cooking Solo

Cooking SoloAt a time when 31 million American adults live alone, Klancy Miller is here to show that cooking for one is something to embrace. Her new cookbook, Cooking Solo, tackles the challenges of cooking for one. While making single servings from other cookbooks means doing a lot of math or being stuck with leftovers, Cooking Solo gives readers just what they need to make a delicious meal just for one. Learn more about the book in our author interview, and visit the World Calendar of Cookbook Events to see Klancy's book tour details.

We're delighted to offer two copies of Cooking Solo to EYB Members in the US only. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

Which dish have you found the most difficult to scale down for one or two?

Please note that you must be signed into the Rafflecopter contest before posting the comment or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends April 20, 2016.


  • sgump  on  3/23/2016 at 10:51 PM

    Hardest for me (such that I rarely attempt them) are complicated baking things that won't freeze well: when something turns out quite lovely, I eat far too much of it myself! (The lesson, then, is only to bake before gatherings.)

  • trudys_person  on  3/24/2016 at 9:07 AM

    Baked pastas, like lasagne and ziti ... and tamale pie. I usually end up eating them for a week!

  • vickster  on  3/24/2016 at 9:31 AM

    Baked dishes.

  • rivergait  on  3/24/2016 at 1:32 PM

    Steak. On the rare occasions I grill it, I eat only part and scramble to find uses for the cold leftovers (usually salads ). I'd like to find recipes for fully-cooked strips of meat.

  • VWR  on  3/24/2016 at 2:09 PM

    Stews and casseroles.

  • sarahawker  on  3/24/2016 at 2:58 PM

    Any stew. it makes so much you get horribly tired of it and the freezer is full!

  • ravensfan  on  3/24/2016 at 7:16 PM

    Soups and stews.

  • tcjanes  on  3/24/2016 at 7:29 PM

    Prime Rib.

  • imaluckyducky  on  3/24/2016 at 8:50 PM

    Soups that have ingredients that prevent them from freezing and/or reheating well.

  • t.t  on  3/24/2016 at 10:15 PM


  • Julia  on  3/24/2016 at 10:25 PM

    Stews, casseroles and cakes.

  • pandapotamus  on  3/24/2016 at 11:12 PM


  • cocecitycook  on  3/25/2016 at 1:42 AM

    Soup & stew seem to grow into a huge amount even when I think I'll make 1 or 2 servings. Glad I have freezer space for leftovers.

  • JanScholl  on  3/25/2016 at 1:51 AM


  • Waderu  on  3/25/2016 at 9:41 AM


  • ladibyrd  on  3/25/2016 at 10:38 AM

    Desserts, casseroles, soups/stews, roasts... Most recipes are difficult to pare down to just one serving, particularly those that have quantized ingredients (i.e. eggs, specialty canned items).

  • Cie  on  3/25/2016 at 11:08 AM

    Whenever I make Minnestrone or bread soup, it just grows and grows. Fortunately there's always the freezer!

  • Sfgordon  on  3/25/2016 at 12:02 PM

    I love using my pressure cooker to prepare soup/stew/chili dishes with beans and veggies, but invariably I end up with 3 or 4 days worth of leftovers that get boring very fast.

  • decorates  on  3/25/2016 at 12:47 PM

    Soups! Nothing warms the heart more. <3

  • Globegal  on  3/25/2016 at 3:08 PM


  • Lizwizz  on  3/25/2016 at 3:51 PM

    I love anything with a poached egg on top!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  3/25/2016 at 5:41 PM

    I always find it difficult to make spaghetti for one. By the time I've put in all my vegetables, I have a full pot of sauce.

  • Mariarosa  on  3/25/2016 at 6:48 PM

    I find it really tough to scale down baked goods, like cakes.

  • joyofmeat  on  3/26/2016 at 1:52 AM

    Pasta dishes

  • infotrop  on  3/26/2016 at 12:17 PM

    Appetizers. Even two people like a little amuse bouche now and again.

  • matag  on  3/26/2016 at 1:16 PM


  • samwesthill  on  3/26/2016 at 1:33 PM

    Barbecue. It feels pointless and such a waste of charcoal and time. Oh, and fondue

  • sir_ken_g  on  3/26/2016 at 6:40 PM

    Chicken soup. One chicken makes a lot of soup.

  • Taxlady  on  3/26/2016 at 9:45 PM

    It's very difficult to scale down goulash, or similar stew recipes and any baking items. The only way not to have to eat those for days on end is to freeze them, but that is causing trouble too at times.

  • ltsuk  on  3/26/2016 at 9:58 PM

    lasagna and roasts

  • Siegal  on  3/27/2016 at 3:04 PM

    I always make too much salad I just keep on chopping !!

  • lauriesk  on  3/27/2016 at 4:05 PM

    I find most slow cooker recipes to be difficult to scale down for just one or two people.

  • deucemom  on  3/27/2016 at 8:09 PM

    baking - cookies, cakes, etc.

  • RuthGo  on  3/27/2016 at 9:09 PM

    Stews and something like chili.

  • djoh437938  on  3/28/2016 at 9:39 AM

    casseroles, beans

  • zubs1990  on  3/29/2016 at 3:54 PM


  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  4/1/2016 at 8:51 PM

    Pasta and sauce...though sauce freezes well, but it always makes a ton.

  • AhoritaComida  on  4/2/2016 at 3:14 AM

    Large pieces of meat. For example, the Easter ham is divided up between plate in the refrigerator and package in the freezer at the moment.

  • louie734  on  4/3/2016 at 6:44 AM

    Baked goods are hard to convince myself to make because the batch size is usually so high, or the pan size is weird.

  • pgarcia  on  4/9/2016 at 1:57 PM

    Baked goods that don't freeze well (puddings, etc.).

  • Maura  on  4/11/2016 at 1:17 AM

    Mac and cheese because I need to eat the whole thing, one serving is a joke!

  • sbh2006  on  4/14/2016 at 2:10 PM

    Pretty much everything as I'm always cooking for one and my cookbooks yield a minimum of 4 (usually 6 or more) servings; by the second or third day, I'm sick of leftovers and end up throwing many things out!! I also reviewed a book for my blog that featured a standard yield of 8 loaves of bread; I scaled it down to 1/4.

  • TheAntiM  on  4/14/2016 at 2:20 PM

    I know it's been said, many times, many ways, but... soup/stew/chili.

  • maryec  on  4/15/2016 at 7:14 PM

    Chili. I can't even buy a single portion of ground meat; the packages are always a minimum of one pound.

  • JuneHawk  on  4/15/2016 at 8:20 PM

    Stews and soups are by far the most difficult to scale.

  • Waderu  on  4/16/2016 at 9:47 AM


  • jthelwell  on  4/17/2016 at 2:24 PM

    I find desserts - particularly cakes and pies had to scale down.

  • horselady57  on  4/18/2016 at 8:14 AM

    Desserts. And then if you make a full-size cake/pie/etc. you either eat too much or need to find others to share with. Can't waste good food!

  • ReenaCooks  on  4/19/2016 at 1:03 PM

    I am learning to make meat curries. I find it hard to make it for one or two people. Unless I use the pieces of meat as sandwich fillers. And use the curry as dip. Something I learned from my travels.

  • herby  on  4/19/2016 at 9:42 PM

    There are so many! Lasagna, cassoulet, paella to name just a few.

  • sabrina7  on  4/20/2016 at 2:57 PM

    manicotti, soups make alot, but soup makes great leftovers because most soups get better with age

  • kayanelson  on  4/20/2016 at 8:00 PM

    Primarily baked goods--I'm pretty good at cutting recipes down.

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