Somewhat over 20 years ago I accepted an architectural position with Moshe Safdie in Jerusalem and found myself living alone for the first time in my life. Obliged to shop and cook for myself, I brought along a few tried and true recipes from home and — although I love cookbooks and own over 100 by now — I took along only two: James Beard’s Theory and Practice of Good Cooking and the Frugal Gourmet’s Three Ancient Cuisines.
Since most recipes are for four or six, I learned creative use of leftovers. Over time, I built up a repertoire of recipes, collected in a two ring Israeli binder, and called it eats4one. Upon returning home to the Boston area, I kept cooking for my wife and me and collecting and creating recipes for one or two people, with emphasis on ease of preparation and tasting good. In 1999, I finally got around to publishing eats4one and distributed it to friends and family; in my mind, a collection of recipes for good food that is so essential that one would want to cook them for oneself, alone, without anyone to impress.
For Christmas in 2005, son Eric gave me this website and I took eatsforone digital. Love it.
Marcus Rector: Architect from Columbus, practiced in Boston and Jerusalem, now on left coast in San Francisco and loving books, food, writing, film and the city. 1 wife, 2 sons, 3 sibs.