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

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Jenni Ferrari-Adler
Penguin, Jul 19, 2007 - Cooking - 288 pages
In this delightful and much buzzed-about essay collection, 26 food writers like Nora Ephron, Laurie Colwin, Jami Attenberg, Ann Patchett, and M. F. K. Fisher invite readers into their kitchens to reflect on the secret meals and recipes for one person that they relish when no one else is looking.

Part solace, part celebration, part handbook, Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant offers a wealth of company, inspiration, and humor—and finally, solo recipes in these essays about food that require no division or subtraction, for readers of Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones & Butter and Tamar Adler's The Everlasting Meal.

Featuring essays by:

Steve Almond, Jonathan Ames, Jami Attenberg, Laura Calder, Mary Cantwell, Dan Chaon, Laurie Colwin, Laura Dave, Courtney Eldridge, Nora Ephron, Erin Ergenbright, M. F. K. Fisher, Colin Harrison, Marcella Hazan, Amanda Hesser, Holly Hughes, Jeremy Jackson, Rosa Jurjevics, Ben Karlin, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Beverly Lowry, Haruki Murakami, Phoebe Nobles, Ann Patchett, Anneli Rufus and Paula Wolfert.

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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


Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant
Dinner for One Please James
Beans and Me
Single Cuisine
Asparagus Superhero
Thanks but No Thanks
The Legend of the Salsa Rosa
Protective Measures
Table for One
Wild Chili
WhiteonWhite Lunch for When No One Is Looking
My Favorite Meal for One
The Lonely Palate
How to Cook in a New York Apartment

Eating Alone
Making Soup in Buffalo
An Almost Foolproof Plan to Never Ever Eat Alone Again
The Year of Spaghetti
Out to Lunch
Dining Alone
A Is for Dining Alone
Eggs Over Uneasy
Some Reflections
Instant Noodles
Food Nomad
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About the author (2007)

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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