"One of the things I've learned from being the curator of the most desolate gallery of food photography on the planet is that loneliness and an inability to cook is a truly global phenomenon." Courtesy of Dimly Lit Meals for One, John Blake Publishing Ltd. hide caption

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Courtesy of Dimly Lit Meals for One, John Blake Publishing Ltd.

Broccoli Mower: "Douglas stubbornly refused to accept his wife's opinion that he had let the lawn go too long without attention." Christopher Boffoli/Courtesy Workman Publishing hide caption

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Christopher Boffoli/Courtesy Workman Publishing

Gordon recommends dusting the deep-fried tarantula spider with smoked paprika. Chugrad McAndrews/Reprinted with permission from The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook hide caption

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Chugrad McAndrews/Reprinted with permission from The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook