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The Sunday Salon #2

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I am very slow with completing books this semester, so I thought that it would be fun to have a progress report of my reading.  This is an online reading group where all the participants set aside time to read every Sunday and blog about the experience. I started last week.

Since I am on spring break, I decided to start a new book.  Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant is a collection of essays and short stories about eating alone either at home or out in public.  I had a very long plane ride from Seattle to Durham.  This book made it go by very quickly.  Today, I stretched out on a couch in the afternoon sun and read two more essays.  One was about a year of cooking spaghetti and the other was about trying to find a regular lunch spot in New York.   This book has also provided good conversation as I reminisced with Corrie and Joe last night over dinner what we would eat "back in the day."  Tonight, it came up again with Beth and E-dawg.  As I have learned about the benefits of eating fresh food and tried cooking more, I have gotten away from eating things out of a box.  Once in awhile those cravings come back and I laugh at myself.  One of the things which impress me about the essays I have read (so far) is how none of the authors have written about eating things that come out of box like Kraft, Ramon Noodles, etc.  Maybe that will be addressed in later chapters. 

This book is part of the What is in a Name Challenge.

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 10:16PM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments6 Comments

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Reader Comments (6)

What a wonderful book. I love eating out alone (and with friends as well, but I have no hang ups about being alone) and people watching while I'm doing it. I'm off to the library site now to see if it's available. Thanks for writing about it.
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Darnton
I like people watching as well. It's something you can do quite easily when you are alone.
March 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
Fascinating idea for stories! I don't mind eating alone but it does seem to heighten awareness of things going on around you when you out in a restaurant - especially a busy one, alone. (also, I wanted to let you know that I attempted another review of SLWE based on your comment. :) )
March 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCare
I agree Care; thanks for letting me know about the review. I will check it out.
March 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
Hi J, I jotted this book down in my notebook of Books I Want To Read several months ago, then sort of forgot about it. I used to eat alone quite often (before kids) because my husband traveled extensively for work. If I couldn't scrounge up a friend to go out with, I'd go alone, and at home I ate alone all the time. I know I'd enjoy and relate to this book; thanks for reminding me!
March 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisaaMM
Sure thing Lisa! I think that there are several essays in the book that would speak to you and make you laugh.
March 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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