Survey: Cooking for One

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"Alone or not, a girl has to eat," says editor Dominique Browning in the current issue of House & Garden.

Browning doesn't like cooking for one. She suggests gourmet takeout as the better solution for evenings alone.

Of course, many of us savor cooking and dining alone. Laurie Colwin wrote about the privilege of preparing eggplant alone in her West Village walk-up and Julie Powell hoped that cooking by herself could help her heal after a break-up.

In this week's poll, we're wondering what you think:

"I don't care how proficient you are, who cooks for themselves? The portions never come out right; the effort is exhausting, there is no audience, and cooking is a spectator sport," writes Browning. Ouch.

She also wrote: "Microwaves offend me." Should we run a second poll to see where we stand on microwaves?

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