True confession: Sometimes I like to eat alone. And, apparently, I’m not, um, alone. In a culture that places a high value on connecting over cuisine, eating alone has long been seen as a negative — a practice relegated to the lonely or the outcast. Despite that, more and more people are dining solo. According to The Hartman Group’s recent report “Modern Eating: Cultural Roots, Daily Behaviors,” about half of all eating occasions are now alone. Consumers are ...

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