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Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone Paperback – Bargain Price, July 1, 2008
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The authors who tackle a specific food do so with an urgency bordering on lust, and their unusual choices (most contributors aren't choosing traditional comfort foods here like macaroni and cheese or pizza, or, okay, maybe those are just mine) may make you reconsider certain foods. Haruki Murakami eats spaghetti for a year, "as if cooking spaghetti were an act of revenge," and his preference for eating it alone is balanced with the intrusion of a phone call that tears him away from his favorite meal. Phoebe Nobles eats asparagus every day for two months in her quest to become an "asparagus superhero." Erin Ergenbright shares a tale from the other side of the spectrum, as an observer of a solo female diner (aka "NGL," No Garlic Lady") at the Portland restaurant where she waits tables, clarklewis.Read more ›
Indeed, eating alone, whether at a restaurant or at home, is the theme of this book, in which the author attempts to answer the question: how do we feed ourselves when we're alone, when there are no one else's needs to take into consideration? Each writer interprets this question in their own way, with some lauding the versatility of beans and others reminiscing about spaghetti. Amanda Hesser shares her thoughts on "single cuisine," by which she means the simple, yet satisfying, meals she and her friends enjoy during their solitary nights at home: truffled egg toast, single girl salmon, and an enticing pasta dish made with garlic, olive oil, fried eggs, pepper and freshly grated cheese.Read more ›
Phoebe Nobles, for example, eats fresh asparagus every day of its short season in Michigan, inspired by a bronze Spargelfrau statue in "some famous little asparagus town in Germany." Steamed, roasted, grilled, it's the perfect finger food. Late in the season when you are "flagging," break it into pieces and hide it inside things. In a particularly personal section of this essay, Ms. Nobles advises us that she enjoys the fresh vegetable aroma of the urine of asparagus eaters. Having never seen this fact mentioned in my five decades as a reader, I was surprised to find it referenced in two books within a month (this one, and Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult).
The ever-entertaining Steve Almond cheated a bit on the brief. Pleading Jewishness, he claims to be bound by Mosaic law to feed anyone who comes to call, whether they want to eat or not. He claims that cooking for others is a "tremendous rush" and that writers, forced to work alone, are denied that pleasure of ulteriority in their work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Single girls who like to cook (or eat) will enjoy this book. I only wish it was longer! Short stories perfect for reading before bed for recipe ideas and happy foodie dreams :)Published 8 days ago by MBF
It is difficult to choose the stars for this book. . .the quality of the writing, or my reaction to it? I have split the difference. The writing is excellent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by a in nebraska
This book is not a novel but a group of essays gathered by Jenni Ferrari-Adler and written by accomplished writers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lovely short stories about being single for a night or a lifetime and eating alone.Published 2 months ago by sjs
I absolutely adore this book. Cannot recommend enough. It is a thoughtful meditation on eating when you've suddenly found yourself living alone.Published 10 months ago by Daniel V.
This is an excellent read for the modern single person who eats sardines alone at their kitchen counter. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Barba
I expected more from the book, neither the recipes were so great. A big title and the content let me downPublished 17 months ago by amateco
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... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Sarahsponda
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! Read more