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What We Eat When We Eat Alone by Deborah Madison
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Sep 12, 2009

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This book was ... ok. The premise was interesting and the illustrations were good, but it was kind of elitist in its approach to the things people eat when they eat alone. For example, the author expressed disappointment in how many people said they eat cold cereal when they are alone, and seemed almost embarrassed when their friends talked about the processed foods they liked (the redo of the 7-11 version of "Frito Pie" is almost laughable in its complexity.)

The author also spends a lot of time segmenting the foods/recipes by gender which I thought was odd (but may be due to the fact that author and illustrator are husband and wife.) Lots of southwest recipes, but again, probably because that is where the author/illustrator reside.

Overall, a good read with a couple of recipes I'd like to try, but I wish someone else would write on this topic with a more balanced, less snobbish take.
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