Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cooking for One Instead of Table for One

When I'm not drooling over the food pics in Eric Gower's cookbook, I'm reading Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant - an anthology of one-person cooking articles from really creative people (writers, filmmakers, teachers, foodies) in diverse fields. I'm not too surprised to find comfort food - in different forms - ranging from recipes with canned black beans to poached eggs over asparagus, scrambled eggs on toast topped with truffle oil, polenta to a layered salmon, shallots and lentils dish. It's not just an amazing recipe book, it's a great comfort read - something to read in bed with a bowl of ice cream.

My comfort food was the Macaroni stir fry recipe - even if it happens that I'm missing a few ingredients, eggs, onions and pasta are always available along with my spice rack. In fact, eggs are very personal to me and my first choice when cooking a meal for myself. They're super easy and fun to eat, try scrambling them with rice or pasta or just over toast, they're very comforting and uncomplicated. I've even eaten boiled egg sandwiches with mustard and thousand island dressing for dinner alone, which prompted my husband to look in the fridge to see if everything in there rotted beyond recognition.

I love that these writers are all emphasizing on the simple things that are very self-indulgent, you'd make them because you want to pig out and not share. They're just as pampering if not more than the meals we make for dinner parties or for special weekends alone with your sweetie. I love that this book exists to take away the depressive air around 'Meals for One'.

Book: Alone In The Kitchen With An Eggplant - Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone

Edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler

Written by a lot of talented, creative people who love themselves 


  1. Sounds like a very interesting book. I usually cook for many, but still, if I am also, I love to cook for one :-) Sometimes I have my best meals when I am by myself.

  2. Hi Britt-Arnhild! What's your favourite meal for one? Yes, the book is very interesting, I love to read anthologies on travel or food, and will soon go to pick up a book of cooking for one written by Judith Jones, the publisher for Julia Child's cookbook.

  3. Vinita, I don´t think I have a favorite meal to cook for one, but here is a blog post from the summer of 2006:

  4. Ah, comfort food! For me, it is Mrs. Grass chicken noodle soup.

  5. Wow, I've only tried Campbells...must pick this one up next week.

  6. i'm a fan of eggs, i have to remind myself to not indulge in it too often.
    another staple i have in the cupboard always is sardines. it's a cheap tinned food but it's packed in with goodness and flavor... on toast or tossed with pasta, it's wonderful.

  7. Hi! Welcome to the blog. I've never tried sardines on toast...sounds so yum!