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“A balanced literary buffet...seasoned with whimsy.”
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About the Author

Jenni Ferrari-Adler is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan, where she received an MFA in fiction. She has worked as a reader for The Paris Review, a bookseller, an egg-seller, and is an agent at Union Literary Agents. Her short fiction has been published in numerous magazines.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594483132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594483134
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Girl A on September 25, 2009
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As, I had read this before-when I saw it for a super low price I could not resist. This book is delicious. If you like food for more than taste but for the whole experience of eating-this is a great book. It has recipes sprinkled throughout. The book is not a recipe book but a book about eating alone(the joys and perils) and writers take on it.The prose is wonderful. The writers included are writers who know how to incite, seduce and warm your heart.
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I really like this book. I'm halfway through it. I have enjoyed reading it an essay at a time. It has sparked great conversations with my friends and the people I work with when we are at lunch. I thought I was alone in the way I cook for myself when I'm the only one eating, but that's not the case! One might choose to spoil one's self by making something deliciously rich and having a great glass of wine to accompany the meal. On the other hand, some think it is a treat not to have to make a mess in the kitchen, making one's self the simplest of meals….cheese and crackers. I've gone both routes myself! Anyhow, I think it would be a fun book for a book club!
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I'm a pretty passionate cook... and yet, when I am just cooking for myself- I tend to eat trashy "comfort foods".

I am comforted to know I am not alone in this!

These are very entertaining essays about eating on one's own. Somewhere between a half and 2/3rds of the essays have recipes attached- ranging from the somewhat ambitious to the really easy; this is not a book of ambitious recipes!

I'm definitely going to try some of these the next times I'm home alone for dinner! but it's way more fascinating to get a clue as to what other people do in similar straits.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet Plotkin on December 19, 2009
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This is a collection of short stories centered on the idea of eating alone - or feeding oneself when unaccompanied. It is a great foodie read and would make an excellent gift for a foodie you know. Funny, happy, sad, poignant...all the emotions we have experienced when eating alone are represented. Many of the authors are heavy hitters in the food world. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it without reservations.
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This is an excellent read for the modern single person who eats sardines alone at their kitchen counter. I've deeply enjoyed these essays and highly recommend the book to all people living and eating alone; it gave me some great perspective.
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