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The secret menus of parties of one

July 8, 2009 | 11:55 am

Rice-pudding 

When the dinner bell rings and there’s no one but you to hear it, is it cause for celebrating with a steak and a glass of wine? Or for whining your way through a bowl of cereal standing at the counter?

The answer is yes, as cookbook author Deborah Madison discovers in her latest book, "What We Eat When We Eat Alone," illustrated with funny, sweet drawings by her husband, Patrick McFarlin, and based on interviews with neighbors, cooks, family and friends about their habits when no one else is in the kitchen. There's also recipes for Exotic rice pudding on demand (seen above), Green panini with roasted peppers and Gruyere cheese and Fried potatoes with yogurt sauce. Read more here.

Photo credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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