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Marilee J. Layman

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03:39 am: What We Eat When We Eat Alone by Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin

These two are spouses -- Deborah is a chef, cookbook author, prizewinner, and involved in many boards; Patrick is an artist. Patrick designed the book and did a wonderful job: chapters had an illo page at the beginning, then in the text, all the titles of the recipes that are in the book are in red, and the recipes for each chapter are at the end of the chapter on a light olive-color paper. There are illos throughout and there's an index and Metric Conversion Chart at the back. The odd thing is that this is half the size of The Help, but weighs twice as much. I can feel that the paper is thicker, but I wouldn't have thought it made that much difference.

There were a couple things I didn't like. They did a "survey" but it was completely random with many cook and restaurant people in it. That pretty much means the survey is useless. Also, in the chapter about people who always eat alone, Deborah is very patronizing.

The chapters talk about what you eat when you cook for yourself while your family/etc. is away, how to cook to seduce someone, the range of cooking people do when they cook for themselves, what every kid should learn to cook before they grow up, and how men should learn to cook more than steak.

Pretty much all of the recipes are too hard for me to do, but I made some notes and bought lemons, limes, avocados, and sardines that I think I can use with my normal rice & noodle meals because of the ideas in the recipes.

If you can cook, I bet you'd love the recipes, if not all the book.

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