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Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant  by Jenni Ferrari-Adler
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Jul 26, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: food-literature-not-cookbooks
Read in July, 2009

This excellent collection of essays about eating, dining and cooking alone made me downright hungry. But more importantly, it reminded me of my more than 45 years spent single -- most of them eating, dining and cooking alone. So, it's no wonder that today -- with a husband and 8-year-old daughter living with me -- I often yearn for the days of propping up in bed with a plate -- or more likely a bowl -- of spaghetti aglio, crusty buttered bread and a salad with good olive oil and balsamic vinegar and, if I have them on hand, a few pine nuts. Or maybe, when I'm alone, I'll just microwave me some bacon, put some wasabi mayo some Wonder bread, pull out some white onion and feast to my heart's content and my cholesterol's zenith. And sometimes, I'll have a salad of tomatoes -- heirloom if available -- basil plucked from my own herb garden; good extra virgin olive oil and fleur de sel. That, my married friends who have never been fortunate enough to live many of their adult years truly single, is the next best thing to gourmet dining. Oh, and the book starts off with an essay by Laurie Colwin, so you know it can't go too far afield.
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S.M. what a nice review!


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