It was the eggplant on the cover of the book “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant” that caught my eye. Jenni Ferrari-Adler's idea of writers and foodies sharing stories of cooking and dining solo drew me in further. Spartan bowls of noodles were eaten alone when one writer was ostracized during school lunches. Another writer, a busy mother, cherishes the quiet solitude. Confiding that eating by himself seems unnatural, another writer has a recipe and plan to lure guests into sharing a meal. Each satisfying essay ends with a recipe as unique as each writer’s table for one.