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Book Group: What we eat when we eat alone, by Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin

June 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Slow Food Russian River Book Group discusses What we eat when we eat alone, by Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin

The Slow Food Russian River Book Group will be discussing What We Eat When We Eat Alone: Stories and 100 Recipes, by Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin (Gibbs Smith, 2009) on Thursday, June 7, 7-9 pm.

Deborah Madison writes on her website: Not all meals are shared, recipes don’t always matter, nor does all the knowledge we may have about cooking and eating. What We Eat When We Eat Alone sneaks a look at our solitary doings in the kitchen when no one else is there to watch or comment and uncovers an often humorous glimpse of unfettered human activity. What We Eat When We Eat Alone grew out of Patrick McFarlin’s habit of questioning chefs and food writers about their solitary practices when we were traveling as part of Oldways Preservation and Trust’s food think tank. More…

The Book Group meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 9pm, usually in Sebastopol. It’s a convivial dinner. Please bring a side dish or dessert for four and a beverage.

To RSVP and get directions please email the SFRR Book Group <sfrrbookgroup@gmail.com> If you have not attended the Book Group before please tell a bit about yourself. Same if you wish to receive the newsletter of the Book Group.


To be a member of the Book Group you don’t need to be a member of Slow Food, although – of course – we hope that with time you will become one.

About Deborah Madison

Deborah Madison is the author of nine cookbooks and countless articles on food, cooking, and farming. Her books have been honored with two Julia Child Cookbook of the Year awards and four James Beard awards, among others. Deborah is a longtime active leader in slow food and she sits on the board of the Seed Savers Exchange. She lives in Galisteo, New Mexico, with her husband, Patrick McFarlin.

About Patrick McFarlin

Patrick McFarlin is a journeyman painter and graphic designer. His fine art has been shown in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Scottsdale, and Santa Fe, among other cities. He is the creator of Pat’s Downtown Club, featured on CBS Sunday Morning. He has received numerous awards and fellowships for his painting. He works out of his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Publishers Blurb

Publishers Blurb of What we eat when we eat alone, by Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin

Renowned vegetarian cookbook auhor Deborah Madison set out to learn what people chew on when there isn’t anyone else around. The responses are surprising—and we aren’t just talking take-out or leftovers. This is food-gone-wild in its most elemental form.

In a conversational tone, What We Eat When We Eat Alone explores the joys and sorrows of eating solo and gives a glimpse into the lives of everyday people and their relationships with food.

The book is illustrated with the delightful art of Patrick McFarlin, and each chapter ends with recipes for those who dine alone.

Reviews of What we eat when we eat alone

• ‘What We Eat When We Eat Alone’ by Deborah Madison, By Mary MacVean, July 08, 2009 | 12:00 AM LA Times

• Host Liane Hansen discusses the quirks of solo dining with Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin, the author and the illustrator of the new book, What We Eat When We Eat Alone. NPR, July 5, 2009, 8:00 AM ET (Weekend Edition Sunday)

• Linda Falkenstein in Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin, January 27, 2010: Cookbooks are so often about the ideal we have of food. From Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking onward, cookbooks have given us the means to elevate what we serve at home. Then there’s the reality. If you’re solo — if you live alone or if you find yourself single while your usual living and dining partner is away on a business trip — and the kitchen is suddenly yours alone, what do you cook? More…




June 7, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Slow Food Russian River Book Group