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Alone and Hungry: Miss LGG’s Book of the Week
April 27, 2008, 3:13 am
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Like food?

Ever lived alone? Dined solo at a restaurant?

Looking for something good to read?

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

edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler

This week I bring you a collection of essays by writers contemplating the troubles and joys of dining alone and cooking for one. A former co-habitator, I relished cooking for two–the entire process of making a menu, carefully selecting produce, preparing, serving and enjoying my creation with another person. Now living solo, my refrigerator is often empty and the collection of cookbooks sits neglected on the shelf. This ritual seems somewhat sad and empty without the all important element of sharing food with a loved one. Concocting elaborate gourmet meals with fancy, hard to find ingredients seems ridiculous and often wasteful and I now find myself resorting to quick and easy (horror of horrors) frozen meals, mac and cheese and other throw-backs to the college days including eating random things out of cans. This book inspired me to share the joy of cooking with myself–it also made me cry. Seriously. In a good way.

“It is the privilege of loneliness; in privacy one may do as one chooses” — Virginia Woolf

“Dinner alone is one of life privileges. Certainly cooking for oneself reveals man at his weirdest. People lie when you ask them what they eat when they are alone. A salad, they tell you. But when you persist, they confess to peanut butter and bacon sandwiches deep fried and eaten with hot sauce, or spaghetti with butter and grape jam.” — Laurie Colwin

In the spirit of the book I confess to routinely eating saltine crackers with grape jelly, and peanut butter, pickle and cheese sandwiches. I will no longer feel shame for those concoctions, but more importantly I will no longer deny myself the pleasure of cooking a damn good, complicated meal, pour moi!

Please share your weird food habits or favorite solo meals!


Miss LGG

P.S. For my fellow actor friends–there is also great monologue material in this book!