Dinner Dates: A Cookbook for Couples Cooking Together
HarperCollins, 1999 (1999)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
happened on this book and instantly fell in love. My fella and I like to cook together – and clean up together.
is a cookbook for doing just that. I hate to cook alone, so figured this has to enhance our eating experiences.
fter you get past the necessary stuff like
Equipping and Stocking Your Kitchen
, great dinner menus follow. Your
First Dinner Date
Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
, moves on to
Mediterranean Chicken Breasts
Green Beans with Lemon and Shallots
Basil Rice with Mushrooms
. It finishes with
Anjou Pears Poached in Sauterne
. Now that's a meal. Dinner date themes range from
A Celebration for Two
The Ultimate Valentine's Day Dinner
topic features a menu suitable for the occasion. Menus open on '
Marinating the chefs
', suggesting an appropriate bottle of wine to soften the cooking chores. There are a numbered list of steps to take, with one side of the page for
Chef Numero Uno
and the other for
Chef Numero Duo
. No duplicating tasks. All that needs to be done is spelled out in the right sequence so that everything is ready at the same time – even to an admonition not to forget the rolls.
cannot wait to present this to my significant other. I anticipate a leisurely time fixing food, sipping a fine vintage, talking and laughing and ultimately enjoying a fine meal replete with wine, candles and music. A small book, but, to me, worth its weight in gold.
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