Well, almost. It's the next best thing, which means it's available for pre-order. It seems a little strange to see it there months before the book's publication date (March 29, 2011), but why not order it while it's on your mind? Nothing like coming out of the gate strong, I say.
The book is years in the making, really, because I draw on a lifetime of cooking for it. And here's my main point: Just because you're single doesn't mean you don't deserve to eat an interesting, varied diet, and cooking it yourself pretty much guarantees that you can follow your own cravings and make as much (or as little) as you want, with nobody's palates to please but your own. Talk about freedom.
While the book is aimed at us solo dwellers -- ours is the fastest-growing household size in the country, by the way -- I also hope couples realize how valuable it can be to have a compendium of single-serving recipes around, too. Pretty much every member of a couple I can think of ends up cooking for him/herself here and there because of a working or traveling spouse.
Most of the recipes serve one very generously (maybe I should have called it "Stuff Yourself"!), so you can easily stretch the meals to two with the addition of a salad or other side dish. But I also have recipes for bigger portions that are designed to create leftovers -- not something you have to eat day in and day out, but something that can morph into a completely different meal through the use of switched-up spices and accompaniments. Yucatan-style roasted pork shoulder, for instance, makes for habanero-salsa-spiked tacos one night, a pulled-pork sandwich with green mango slaw another, and what I call "faux-lognese" over pasta on still another occasion.
Sound delicious enough? Yeah, I thought so. And you know what? You deserve nothing less.