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What do you eat when no one is watching? From young college students to spry seniors, from empty-nest mothers to men and women with traveling spouses, from bachelors to the many people between relationships, millions of us dine alone every night. But what do we eat? Is it takeout, a frozen dinner, or our favorite gourmet meal? In What We Eat When We Eat Alone, Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin set out to learn what people chew on when there isn't anyone else around. The responses are surprising and far-ranging-food-gone-wild in its most elemental form. Some solo diners relish the elaborate, while others prefer the bizarre, some eat their favorite foods, some eat what's convenient, and others choose their menus according to their moods. The book is illustrated with the art of Patrick McFarlin, capturing the flavor of the stories. It also includes great recipes at the end of each chapter for those who dine alone, including tips on making smaller portion meals, and also on using leftovers in different recipes for those who don't want to eat the same dish night after night. Our relationship with food is one of the defining and intimate relationships of our lives; it says a lot about who we are and how we live. Part cookbook, part memoir, part pure fun, What We Eat When We Eat Alone explores the joys and sorrows of eating solo and gives us a glimpse into the lives of everyday people who do.
Deborah Madison is the founding chef of Greens restaurant, and the author of ten cookbooks and countless articles on food and farming. Her books have been honored with two Julia Child Cookbook of the Year awards and four James Beard awards, among others. Long involved with Slow Food, Deborah also serves on the board of the Seed Savers Exchange and the Edible Kitchen Garden at Monte del Sol charter school. She lives in Galisteo, New Mexico, with her husband, Patrick McFarlin.
Patrick McFarlin is a journeyman painter and graphic designer. His fine art has been shown in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Scottsdale, and Santa Fe, among other cities. He is the creator of Pat's Downtown Club, featured on CBS Sunday Morning. He has received numerous awards and fellowships for his painting. He works out of his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
While the concept of the book was nice, the writing was very bad.
Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin have written a great quirky book about favorite solo meals and how we indulge ourselves when no one is watching.
Madison and McFarlin's book has opened a cultural flood gate of awareness and conversation about eating alone.
I was very interested in purchasing this book as I live alone and love to cook but see the recipes are based on 2 people. Alone means 1 to me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pickyunee
I love everything written by Deborah Madison--I have been an admirer of hers since her Greens days, and my old copy of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is well-worn, and numerous... Read morePublished 3 months ago by periphron
I mostly eat alone. When I eat at restaurants, it is more for the company than the food. Although a few of the recipes are close to ones that I have made for years, the author... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Meg
Since I live alone I am always interested in small dishes. Deborah Madison is a favorite of mine. Now I don't think my choice of food
is all that bad. Read more
This was a strange book for me! I didn't care for it. Others might find it entertaining and there are some funny parts.Published 7 months ago by BJL
GREAT SUBJECT JUST OKAY BOOK, THOUGH NOT ALL BAD CUTE AND FUN. MARIKA P.S. THINK I'LL KEEP IT ANYWAY. MRPublished 11 months ago by marika
the idea behind this book is really creative and it is a fun look-sie into other people's private lives. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Katherine Hunter
This book is more of a sociological interest book than a cookbook. Most of the recipes I was either not interested things or were indeed the simple, but tasty fare I might prepare... Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Margot J. Foster
I was looking forward to reading this book. As a single woman I was pretty much a fan of the frozen pizza and cheap wine dinners. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Deanna Lowrey