Last year Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan came to my home for an afternoon of tofu. We made tofu from scratch and I prepared a little snack of Indonesian tofu and egg pancakes. A bachelor, Joe was working on a vegetarian cookbook for single folks. Eat Your Vegetables, which just released, is a follow-up to Joe’s earlier work, Serve Yourself. Joe celebrates the single diner but his work isn’t just for bachelors and bachelorettes. Many of the recipes (like the one below) are for regular quantities of food that you can keep for days, or weeks. Other recipes can be doubled or quadrupled for more people; we are a household of two people so the math is simple. I was intrigued by the book because as a writer and recipe reader, I’m always wondering about scaling up or scaling down things. I also enjoy many solo lunches when my husband is at work.
Joe’s message is that single people shouldn’t be limited to an eating life of bad tasting or unhealthy food. Eat Your Vegetables helps cooks to create a system of home cooking and eating, something that many people used to learn from their mothers or grandmothers. While Joe’s books are for the single person, he encourages people to cook for others too. (Maybe you won’t be single forever?!) There are recipes for entertaining, pantry items, as well as the freezer.