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A table of one's own 

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"Four people is kind of ideal. But two people get treated differently than four people, and a woman alone gets treated differently. I almost always went once alone. I think it's not so prevalent anymore, but in those days, a woman alone was often treated very badly."

— From a New York Times interview with Ruth Reichl, who served as the paper's restaurant critic from 1993 to 1999, on how many guests she brought to a restaurant when reviewing it.

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