Alone in the Kitchen With An Eggplant

Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Alone in the Kitchen With An Eggplant
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 Eggplantprovides 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 Eggplantoffers a wealth of company, inspiration, and humor-and, finally, recipes that require no division or subtraction.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2007
ISBN: 1594489475
Branch Call Number: 641.561 A454 2007
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ferrari-Adler, Jenni


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A collection of pieces by a lot of wonderful writers about what they cook when they cook for themselves alone. This made me fantasize about what I would cook if I didn't have to feed my family!

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Jan 23, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

great fun with information too, and well written

Sep 28, 2012
  • wendybird rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Remembrances of solo meals past, some joyous, some sad, and still others marked by those strange things we do when we eat alone. by a gaggle of famous chefs, gourmets, and writers. This sweet little morsel of a book can be consumed in little pieces, a lovely interlude for the foodie.


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