Tom Parker Bowles
“Solo dining is too often seen as the onanism of the restaurant world,” says Esquire’s food editor. “Something we all know goes on but is best not discussed. A guilty secret, a shameful, sordid act of selfpleasuring. But to eat alone can be utter bliss. As selfish as it is splendid, something to embrace, rather than appal. One, as they say, is fun.” His ode to eating alone is on page 54. Parker Bowles’ The Cook Book: Fortnum & Mason (Fourth Estate) is out now.