• What We Eat When We Eat Alone



What We Eat When We Eat Alone

Stories and 100 Recipes


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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, the husband-and-wife team of chef and writer Deborah Madison and artist Patrick McFarlin set out to learn what people chew on when there isn’t anyone else around. The responses are surprising and far-ranging. 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.

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1. by Liz Rousseau on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:02 PM PDT

i love the idea of this book!

50% of time i’m alone:

1/3 of a baguette, open-faced, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, a smeared tomato (Catalan style) & pinch of sea salt.
i add a cheese like fontina and a layer basil leaves.
Maybe toasted it prior to cheese & basil or maybe not.

also, i never forget a glass of red wine! :)

2. by nicole309 on Apr 29, 2009 at 12:16 PM PDT

I recently read Alone in the Kitchen with Eggplant, a book on the same subject and loved it.

I usually have steak with Chimmichurri, or Mushroom and Wild Rice soup when I am left alone.

3. by zegg on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM PDT

I’d love to eat alone sometimes! Then I could eat the things the rest of my family don’t like - offal (mmm, lightly fried liver), and pulses (yearning for moong beans). But unfortunately when hubby cooks, he gets to choose what he likes, and when I cook I can’t be bothered to cook multiple meals, so I have to eat what the kids like too.....Need to pack them all off for the weekend or something so that I can eat alone....

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