Help Me Cook for Just Myself This Week

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Q: My partner (who lives with me) and I always eat dinner together every night. We not only eat dinner together, but we usually make it together, too. Unfortunately, he is going to be out of town for about a week and I'm faced with a small "dilemma": cooking for one after not having to for a long while.

Do you or any of the readers have any tips for a "vacation-eating-for-one" stint, so that I don't feel overwhelmed by making meals just for myself? I don't just want to make a PB&J every meal!

Sent by Steve

Editor: Steve, this can be so disorienting! Cooking with and for a partner every night — then suddenly left to your own devices! It's tempting to eat in front of the television or standing up at the counter. Our suggestion is to go out with friends once or twice this week, but also to cook for yourself, and to do it well. Light a candle, bring a book to the table, and enjoy your meal. We suggest this book:

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone at Amazon

It's a great little collection of essays from writers talking about what they eat when they're alone. It may spark some ideas of good things to try. It's also just a great read.

Also check out this post:

Solo Eating: Tips on Cooking for One

Readers, what do you cook and eat when you're alone?

 

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.