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I Eat Alone - And I Like It

July 20th, 2009

310bv74n3l_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_I don’t mean to play the single girl card, but what is the big deal about eating alone?  I’m listening to The Splendid Table, and Lynn has on Deborah Madison and her husband talking about their new book, “What We Eat When We Eat Alone.” Good Food on KCRW was even asking listeners to call in with their weird menu items when eating solo.  I get it, the social custom is for people to eat in groups - like wolves. I don’t know if this is really true for most folks or it it’s just what I see on tv, because I only eat with people at restaurants or on special occasions.

Just now, many of you made a sad, pitiful noise thinking of me and my Lean Cuisine in front of the television. But your pity is misplaced. Most nights, I come home and cook something lovely and eat on a table, with a placemat and a complete set of cutlery. It’s true that I don’t have a wickedly large repertoire and that I rarely make large bunches of food (because, if that chicken I found that was dated 2003 is any indication, my freezer is a wasteland), but it’s healthy and nobody ever argues with the chef. There are hardly ever any coarse words at all, since it’s just me.

51psz4be1fl_sl500_aa240_You may now be saying to yourself, “She would be so much happier cooking for someone else.” Maybe - I do like to cook and I don’t experiment with soup as much as I would like (because it’s hard to make soup for one effectively). But my way is ok, too. To the list of people on Facebook that thought a cookbook on Vegan cooking for one was sad I answer - I would rather cook for one happy single person than two people that feel forced to eat together.

And, when I am very lazy, my single gal meal consists of tea (always), pepperoni, cheese, olives and pickles. Then I get a headache from all of the salt. Bon appetit!

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  1. Kara Stewart Kellen
    July 20th, 2009 at 20:58 | #1

    Good for you,setting the table and making things look nice for your meal! Families have lost that art, and I think many single people don’t value themselves or their cooking enough to do it right! I might like this Vegan Cooking for One, because even though I’m not single,I’d be the only one making it and eating it by myself! :)

  2. Jeanne
    July 21st, 2009 at 05:25 | #2

    I think this is why I had to get married and cook for someone else. God knew that I wouldn’t be like you - I would become one of those people who ate from the pots in the kitchen so that I wouldn’t have to do as many dishes. True story.

    I also know people who are in families, eating in the same house, often at the same time, but are not eating together. Each has a different meal, many times in different rooms. I think it’s sad to not connect to people when you have the chance. But I think that being alone is so serene an experience that people who think your life (or your meals) are sad might just be afraid of the experience of being alone with themselves their own thoughts.

    No extra charge for the psychoanalysis of your friends.

  3. July 21st, 2009 at 07:32 | #3

    Being able to eat whatever, whenever and wherever are some of the only plus sides to finishing puberty. By the way, your blog is better than mine :)

  4. Carol Ver Wiebe
    July 21st, 2009 at 12:05 | #4

    Does that mean you are interested in that cookbook for Christmas? In our house we (generally) eat separate breakfasts and lunches, then work together on dinner.

  5. andrew
    July 21st, 2009 at 17:59 | #5

    yeah– and there’s nothing wrong with going to the movies alone, either. sometimes i prefer it. i’ve actually heard people talking about how embarrassed they’d be to go to the movies alone. wtf? sounds like they’re the ones with the problem. i love going to the movies by myself.

  6. Ann VerWiebe
    July 22nd, 2009 at 10:20 | #6

    Mom–I’m not a Vegan - so I don’t really want the cookbook. I like the fact that Martha Stewart’s Everday Food has a cooking for one section.

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