What We Eat When
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|Not all meals are shared, recipes don’t always matter, nor does all the knowledge we may have about cooking and eating. What We Eat When We Eat Alone sneaks a look at our solitary doings in the kitchen when no one else is there to watch or comment and uncovers an often humorous glimpse of unfettered human activity.
What We Eat When We Eat Alone grew out of Patrick McFarlin’s habit of questioning chefs and food writers about their solitary practices when we were traveling as part of Oldways Preservation and Trust’s food think tank. When he handed me his drawings of crazed cooks in their kitchens, I was compelled to join him in asking others about their solitary eating habits.
Some readers see this as a cookbook, for there are 100 recipes. “You’ve completely gotten me out of the box and freed my cooking!“ said one enthusiast. But others see it as stories. “Thank heavens it isn’t a cookbook! ” said another as she bought five copies for friends who read. Of course, it’s both stories and recipes.
What people are saying
“Just when you thought there was nothing conceivably new to write about food, Deborah “Greens” Madison and her artist partner, Patrick McFarlin have devised a truly intimate, startling, funny, and genuinely subversive book. What We Eat When We Eat Alone is like peeping through a one-way mirror into the life of others.” – Peter Coyote, actor and author
“I am hooked on this book. It confirms once again that we humans are endlessly confounding and entertaining creatures. This is another keeper from Deborah Madison.” – Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Host of The Splendid Table ®.
“I just finished your book and absolutely adored it. I loved all of the stories and recipes and was laughing a lot while I read it. Patrick’s art is sensational and I could not get enough of his drawings! (I especially love the ones of the vegetables that look like they need some R & R.) And I am going to make so many of the recipes!” – Annie Slokum
“What We Eat When We Eat Alone is the most charming book! Just ate the whole thing up in a few hours, laughed out loud at the drawings – so funny! – and thought that the ending was perfect because it said to me that the issue is being human, and food is this secondary, ubiquitous puzzle that punctuates our life with personality and character.” – Jamie Kusch