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517. Rebuilding Your Life Over Dinner for One, with Sutanya Dacres

Dinner for One
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Sutanya Dacres is a podcaster whose new memoir, Dinner for One: How Cooking in Paris Saved Me, just came out. Her memoir is the story behind her podcast, Dinner for One: she met and married a French man, moved to Paris…and then her marriage didn’t work out. It’s also the story of her staying in Paris, rebuilding her life, and learning to embrace her new home.

Her show features Sutanya cooking dinner for one while telling stories about her life, the food she’s making, and challenging the more easily discovered narratives about Americans in Paris. In this episode, we are going to talk about being a Black American in Paris, roasted red pepper salad, and whether or not there are chicken fingers in French supermarkets.

Thank you to Justine Sha and Laura Gianino for helping me set up this interview!


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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

You can find all the episode of Sutanya’s podcast, Dinner for One, at

And you can find glorious pictures of food and of Paris at Sutanya’s Instagram.

And would you like the recipe for the roasted pepper salad? Of course! Thank you to Sutanya for giving me permission to include it!

Algerian Felfla Salad (Bell Pepper Salad)
Sutanya Dacres


4 bell peppers (any color or color combination)
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil


1. Preheat oven to gas mark 8/ 450 ° F/ 230 ° C
2. Put peppers on a baking sheet lined with aluminum and bake for 30-45 minutes, until the peppers are soft. Black spots on the skin are normal.
3. Remove and allow to cool. Once cooled peel off the skin, remove stem and seeds and cut peppers into strips.
4. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add garlic, tomatoes and peppers.
5. Cook until tomatoes are soft and all of the vegetables are well incorporated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. This salad can be enjoyed by itself, on toast or over rice.

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  1. Kareni says:

    Thank you, Sarah and Sutanya, for a fun interview. I have to admit that the red pepper recipe sounds delicious!

  2. Stefanie Magura says:


    This isn’t exactly related to the ad you’ve run about eye glasses, but the ad prompted something which is related to your eyes. I’ve noticed you have discussed your eye issues in the podcast, including the need to blow up fonts much bigger than normal. I believe the talking books services in your state might be a help. As far as I know, the one in NC is available even to those who go blind temporarily. The only thing I know that a patron really needs is documentation of an eye issue from someone with authority to say so like a doctor. It might give you a reason to check out yet another library, something which you’ve also discussed before. If I have told you this before I apologize.

  3. SB Sarah says:

    Thank you Stefanie! I appreciate that – I’ll look into it!

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