Blog Tour Review: Gourmet Cooking for Two by Christi Silbaugh


Gourmet Cooking for Two - HardbackGourmet Cooking for Two
by Christi Silbaugh
Paperback240 Pages
August 12th 2014 by Cedar Fort, Inc.


Making gourmet meals for two is the perfect way to grow closer to your sweetheart, whether you are a new couple, empty nesters, or somewhere in between. With romantic tips to help you spice up your love life, and over 100 delicious, high quality recipes such as Brazilian Red Snapper and Tuscan Potato Soup, you’ll never want to go out to dinner again.

My Review

This is definitely a cookbook that is perfect for empty-nesters or couple who are looking to spice up their food and romance. The recipes included a good variety. There were six sections, which included: (1) appetizers, (2) salads, (3) soups, (4) main dishes, (5) side dishes, and (6) desserts. There were healthy and simple recipes included as well as heavier and more time consuming recipes, but all aiming more for comfort and lots of taste. Next to each recipe was a short and sweet romantic tip, such as "Send a love email every single day." Or "Sometimes changing your normal routine can spark romance. Making a new dish, using candles or mood lighting, or bringing home a bouquet of flowers to set the stage for romance... spice it up!"

Just to give you an idea as to the variety of selections, you will find Fish Tacos next to Filet Mignon with Mushroom Sauce (a personal favorite). To give you a sample of some of the yummy recipes, included were recipes for Adult Tater Tots (super yummy for children and adults), Thai Chicken Salad (I love anything Thai), Avocado Enchiladas (creamy, delicious, and healthy), Baked Omelets (easy and yummy), Sticky Garlic Chicken, Garlic Parmesan Fries (total comfort food), Caramel Cheesecake Bites (easy and divine), Dark Hot Chocolate, and White & Dark Peanut Butter Cups. I could go on and on with the amount of recipes I still want to try as well. So there were a lot of recipes to choose from. I think anyone would find some favorites in here.

I did think some of the side dishes should have been under another category such as "Other," "Miscellaneous," or "Breads." I also thought the side dishes could have used a few more recipes. This would be my only suggestion. Otherwise, I loved the variety of recipes and I loved that each and every one included a picture. Gourmet Cooking for Two is definitely a cookbook I plan on reusing for years to come.

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Cedar Fort, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Christi Silbaugh is the self-educated chef and author of three cooking blogs including: Mom, What’s For Dinner, Gourmet Cooking For Two and Zero Calorie Life. She writes for foodie media giants Glam Media and Federated Media and works for Fast Forward Events, covering food and wine events in San Diego. Since 2009, she has created and posted over 1,000 gluten-free recipes. She lives with her family in California.


  1. I got my paperback copy of The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen!

  2. Cali Willette12/6/14, 11:39 AM

    Good book haul. Crimson Bound and Illusionarium look good. ;)

  3. Illusionarium looks so good! I hope it's wonderful. Happy reading! My STS

  4. Oooh, Kissing in America, Trouble From the Start, and The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak all sound amazing!

    I hope you enjoy! :)

    Check out my STS here!

  5. Sounds like an interesting cookbook. I do find that side dishes are hard to come by. Everyone always jumps straight to the main dish.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  6. Woohoo! Looks like some awesome reads for you, girl. Hope you enjoy them. :)
    ...and I've heard GREAT things about that "Dearest" series. Makes me realize it's another set of books for me to read.

  7. kirstymariejonesstudioreads12/7/14, 6:30 AM

    Crimson Bound, loved Cruel Beauty, (and her writing) so can't wait to get back into it, even if it's not the same characters/world. So pretty! :)

    Here's mine

    @ StudioReads

  8. Charlie Anderson12/7/14, 6:54 AM

    Woot! So many of these look like fabulous reads! Don't tempt me, Tressa! My TBR is already growing into Mt. Everest! :)

  9. So many good books! Crimson Bound sounds amazing. Have fun reading! ~Pam

  10. I seem to always be cooking for a large crowd, but I suppose the recipes could be adapted for that.

  11. I can't wait to read Crimson Bound! I read Cruel Beauty not too long ago and I loved it. Need more books by Rosamund Hodge in my life! Happy reading =D.

  12. Congrats! I'm so jealous of Crimson Bound and Illusinoarium looks good too!


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