Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone

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Jenni Ferrari-Adler
Penguin, 2007 - Cooking - 272 pages
A delightful and unexpected collection of pieces by writers, foodies, and others-including Nora Ephron, Marcella Hazan, and Ann Patchett-on the distinctive experiences of cooking for one and dining alone.

If, sooner or later, we all face the prospect of eating alone, then Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant provides the perfect set of instructions. In this unique collection, twenty-six writers and foodies invite readers into their kitchens to reflect on the secret meals they make for themselves when no one else is looking: the indulgent truffled egg sandwich, the comforting bowl of black beans, the bracing anchovy fillet on buttered toast.

From Italy to New York to Cape Cod to Thailand, from M. F. K. Fisher to Steve Almond to Nora Ephron, the experiences collected in this book are as diverse, moving, hilarious, and uplifting as the meals they describe. Haruki Murakami finds solace in spaghetti. Ephron mends a broken heart with mashed potatoes in bed. Ann Patchett trades the gourmet food she cooks for others for endless snacks involving saltines. Marcella Hazan, responsible for bringing sophisticated Italian cuisine into American homes, craves a simple grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich. Courtney Eldridge, divorced from a fancy chef, reconnects with the salsa she learned to cook from her cash-strapped mother. Rosa Jurjevics reflects on the influence of her mother, Laurie Colwin, as she stocks her home with salty treats. Almost all of the essays include recipes, making this book the perfect companion for a happy, lonely-or just hungry-evening home alone.

Part solace, part celebration, part handbook, Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant offers a wealth of company, inspiration, and humor-and, finally, recipes that require no division or subtraction.
 

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This was a wonderful compilation of brilliant writers on the topic of food and being by oneself. From hating it to relishing it, from fancy food to saltines, all of the stories were fun to read. Read full review

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A collection of essays from various individuals on the experiences of cooking and/or eating alone. I ran across this one in the library catalogue while searching for something else and couldn't pass ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction i
12
Beans and
31
Asparagus Superhero
51
Thanks but No Thanks
65
The Legend of the Salsa Rosa
89
My Favorite Meal for
219
How to Cook in a New York Apartment
233
Instant Noodles
247
Contributors
261
Making Soup in Buffalo
266
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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, as a bookseller, as an eggseller, and as an assistant at a literary agency. Her short fiction has been published in numerous magazines.

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