'CTB: Alone in the Kitchen' on Serious Eats

The First Meal of a Vacation

Editor's note: Jenni Ferrari-Adler is guest-blogging on Serious Eats this week about her vacation in East Hampton, New York. Follow along: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday The first meal of a vacation sets the tone. Here, lobster rolls. What is it about lobster roll—the combination of luxurious lobster with humble mayonnaise and celery—that is so joyous, the embodiment of summer vacation? For some reason they fill me with nostalgia, even though I ate my first one as an adult. Sometimes my husband and I walk to Brooklyn Fish Camp in Park Slope, a bit of a cheat, because even if the lobster rolls there are awesomely tasty, when you leave you're still in Brooklyn, headed home, and with work in... More

Cook the Book: 'Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant'

So much of eating is communal in nature. It's one of the great pleasures of food beyond its mere flavor or the simple fact that it fuels the body. Cooking for, or eating out with, friends or loved ones gives us a chance to share a beloved dish or a favorite restaurant. But as much as we all look forward the act of sharing something we love, we've all faced the prospect of dining or cooking alone. As the title implies, Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant celebrates the single-place-setting moments that occur all too frequently these days. The book's editor, Jenni Ferrari-Adler, has collected essays and stories from 26 food-loving authors who revel in, rather than revile, taking... More

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