What Do You Cook When No One's Watching?

Table for One is a weekly food column by bachelor and Senior Editor Eric Kim, who loves cooking for himself—and only himself—and just wants to celebrate those quiet, cozy nights in.

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly,” M. F. K. Fisher writes in my favorite chapter of her Alphabet for Gourmets, “A is for Dining Alone.” There’s nothing more devastating to me than a bad dinner date. Which is why I often find myself alone after work, sitting at my kitchen island with a plate of food and a glass of wine, my dog at my feet. At the end of a long day, this table for one is more than just a place for me to have my dinner—it’s a place, as well, for me to have my thoughts.