“If you like good food, why not honor yourself enough to make a pleasing meal and relish every mouthful?”

–Judith Jones, The Pleasures of Cooking for One

They say one is the loneliest number. I beg to differ, especially when it comes to food. In other words, there’s no shame in cooking for one.

Elena the Epicurean is a food and lifestyle blog focused on the art and joy of cooking for one, and all that comes with it. Cooking is more than just a hobby here…it’s a love affair. It’s cooking for one, and cooking for all.

All recipes on this blog are formulated to serve one, with or without leftovers. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a carnivore, omnivore, vegan, vegetarian, sweet tooth-haver or salt lover. You’ll also find that many of my recipes add a twist to a classic – think watercress almond pesto or Middle Eastern-inspired pasta salad. Oh, and every recipe includes a favorite hip hop song of mine to cook to. Have I mentioned that I love classic hip hop?

I believe cooking is an inherently creative process and an outlet of expression. There’s a reason they call it the culinary arts – and one that pleases all five senses. Think the sight of a fluffy, flawlessly cooked omelette, the sound of bacon sizzling, the smell of mushrooms sautéing in butter, the feel of a perfectly ripe avocado, or the earthy taste of truffles.

Ingredients are your palette, the kitchen is your studio, and the plate is your canvas. Every dish you cook should be an expression of your unique personality, style and taste. There are no rules, especially when you’re cooking for one. So make it feel like yours.

You’re the most important person you have. So go ahead…treat yo’self.