Book Review
New Cookbook Lets You Cook Once, Eat Twice
Aug 20, 2014 - 11:13:45 AM

Award-winning author, Cynthia Graubart shows home cooks how to maximize their food budget by using a slow cooker.

( - A slow cooker is a perfect kitchen appliance for today's fast-paced lifestyle.  For large meals, a slow cooker can be fast and economical.  But what if you are single or there are only two of you? The dread of eating the same meals as leftovers for the rest of the week can make even the best home cook heading for the take-out menu.  So how can you make a slow cooker work for you and save money on your groceries? Award-winning cookbook author, Cynthia Graubart introduced her ground-breaking concept of creating double dinners in her successful cookbook, Slow Cooking for Two.

Now she has expanded that idea of using a 3 ½- or 4-quart slow cooker coupled with two liner bags to create two different dinners at the same time with SLOW COOKER DOUBLE DINNERS FOR TWO (Gibbs Smith, $19.99, Hardcover, April 2014, ISBN 978-1-4236-3625-0). This time-saving cooking method allows home cooks to create a tasty meal for tonight and a second meal for later in the week or for the freezer. Cynthia's recipes are easy, no additional preparation steps, like browning, are required and no additional appliances such as a stove, oven or microwave are needed. Each recipe is designed for two and all of the ingredients can be found in local grocery stores, without an extra trip to a specialty store.

Slow Cooker Double Dinners for TWO features recipes using Poultry, Lamb, Beef and Pork followed by unique recipes that use the same cut of meat as their base, but taste nothing alike. Enjoy diverse recipes like:

Cynthia has even included a chapter of vegetarian recipes that are easy to prepare in a small slow cooker:           Cauliflower and Bean Curry Vegetarian Chili Ratatouille Apple and Vegetable Stew

With SLOW COOKER DOUBLE DINNERS FOR TWO, Cynthia Graubart turns a 3 ½-quart slow cooker into a multi-use cooking convenience. The book is perfect for busy people on the go, newlyweds, empty nesters, small apartment dwellers, and for use in unusual spaces where a slow cooker might be the only appliance available for cooking (i.e., vacation cabin, boat, RV).  Meals for two have never been so easy, convenient or delicious!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James Beard Award winning writer, Cynthia Graubart, is passionate about bringing families together at the table. She shares recipes, tips and ideas in her "New Sunday Supper" column inSouthern Living magazine, and shares her message of gaining confidence in the kitchen to groups large and small. She travels across the country teaching cooking classes to home cooks who want to create fresh and easy meals. Her very popular, best-selling cookbooks include the 2013 James Beard Award winningMastering the Art of Southern Cooking, co-authored with Nathalie Dupree.

She is most recently the author of Slow Cooker Double Dinners for Two, a follow-up to Slow Cooking for Two: Basics, Techniques, and Recipes. Her prior books include the best-selling Southern Biscuits, also with Nathalie Dupree, and her debut cookbook,  The One-Armed Cook: Quick and Easy Recipes, Smart Meal Plans, and Savvy Advice for New (and not-so-new) Moms. Her next book co-written with Dupree is Southern Vegetables, which debuts March 2015.  Also a TV producer, she produced GPTV's first nationally syndicated television series, "New Southern Cooking with Nathalie Dupree." Cynthia is an active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and has been a speaker at their annual conference. She is also a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier (LDEI) and has served on the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  Now an empty nester, Cynthia and her husband live in Atlanta, GA. Visit her online

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