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Grand Eats on 1 Burner The One-Burner Cookbook by Mary Beth Jung (Collier Books: $12.95, paperback, 240 pp.)

March 24, 1988|ROSE DOSTI | Times Staff Writer

This book will make you want to cook on a one-burner stove by the time you're through glancing at it. It's that appealing.

In any case, to those for whom the book was meant--people who live in small apartments, trailers, hotels, boats, cabins and campers; single adults who are fed up with restaurant meals; retired people on fixed incomes and limited facilities, or anyone faced with the limitations of a one burner stove--the book will be an inspiration. It's a bible for those starting out and a reference book for those who have already set up housekeeping.

In it Mary Beth Jung, the author and a director of home economics and consumer education for Oster, the appliance manufacturer, deals with one-burner cooking from square one.

Among the topics she addresses are buying equipment and menu planning, tips and recipes for better breakfasts on busy mornings (this one comes with menus), and the hearty hot sandwich that can be done grill-style on the burner (also with menus).

There is a chapter on instant meals on the road or at home using canned goods (quick chicken divan sounds good here), and a chapter on light and lean eating--mostly for people who need to restrict calories but still require good nutrition.

There is a chapter on how to give a great party using a one-burner stove (among the numerous suggestions is steak Diane and chicken livers with raspberries). A country menu and recipe chapter contains home-style basics such as meat loaf, hearty chicken soup, Hungarian goulash and gumbo. And there is a fine chapter on Oriental cookery, the original one-burner cuisine, with recipes, menus and basic Oriental grocery ingredient suggestions for the pantry.

Jung also explores side dishes such as salad and salad dressings, rice, pasta and bread that can be done on one-burner stoves, and finally, desserts that require no oven--such as fritters, fondues, mousses, puddings, custards and cookies. In all there are 200 fine recipes to enliven once-dreary one-burner meals.

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