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When Hungry, Eat

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
By the time her fortieth birthday loomed, Joanne Fedler was married with two kids, had immigrated from the land of her birth and picked up plenty of baggage along the path. A photograph of herself in a bikini on her son's fifth birthday led her to take stock of her life. Armed only with the knowledge that she did not want to be "fat and forty," Joanne went to see "The Food ...more
ebook, 276 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Argo-Navis (first published 2010)
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Ann Weisz
Two things I learned from this book; how to make a good chicken soup and how to be miserable when emigrating.
Inke Meier
Jun 14, 2013 Inke Meier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heißhunger”/Joanne Fedler/Rezension Jun
Joanne Fedler 36,Südafrikanerin, Exilaustralierin,Ehefrau,Mutter, übergewichtig, sieht ein Urlaubsfoto von sich (im Bikini) und erstarrt. Das aber nur kurz , denn die Sichtung dieses Fotos ist Startschuß in eine kalorienärmere Zukunft und nicht nur das.

Sie will ihre Bikinifigur wiederhaben und wendet sich zur Unterstützung an die “Diätdomina” eine Stabheuschrecke im Minirock, die ihr zukünftiges Opfer kurzerhand als partiell adipös bezeichnet. Fedler bes
May 31, 2015 MrsJana13 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Joanne sieht ein Foto von sich und ist geschockt. Sie beschließt daraufhin abzunehmen und begibt sich zu einer Ernährungsberaterin, die sie liebevoll Diät-Domina nennt. Bis dahin passt alles. Bis dahin ist der Roman humorvoll und selbstironisch. Bis zu diesem Punkt erhält man was der Titel und der Klappentext versprochen hatten. Dann aber entwickelt sich der Roman zu einer Biografie mit Eindrücken in eine Familie, die in Afrika lebt und aufgrund der Gefahren auswandern möchte. Man erlebt Joanne ...more
"When Hungry, Eat" is written by South African born author Joanne Fedler. The story starts with her attempt to loose some weight and while she starts a healthy food regime under the auspices of the "Food Facist" she starts going through a detox of her mind as well.

Fedler who has emigrated to Australia looks back at her life in South Africa and for herself I think tries to cleanse her soul as to why she left South Africa and her family and is making a new life for her family elsewhere.

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Feb 21, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the “Food Fascist” calls her ‘obese’, author Joanne Fedler knows she has to do something about her weight. A fear of being “fat and forty” gives Fedler the determination to develop a new attitude towards food and eating. Fedler examines her past to discover what has caused her to gain weight and in the process goes on a journey to self-acceptance. ‘When hungry, eat’ is a wonderful mix of philosophy and spiritualism which also provides an insight into the Fedler family’s experience of leavin ...more
Wan Ni
This book talks about more than a diet, but the various disempowering processes in life, and overcoming those. Women in South Africa disempowered by abuse and rape; overweight women disempowered by Food Fascists calling them obese and attacking their sense of self-worth; new immigrants disempowered by lack of resources and loss of direction ... Joanne splays open her wounds and life, making pristine her insecurities, anxieties and her worst moments.
Helen King
Apr 05, 2013 Helen King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book makes a lot of sense - exploring the relationship between overeating and lack of control in aspects of life. I enjoyed understanding more of the pressures of growing up in South Africa, and emigrating / being separated from family, etc. It is written in a very easy, insightful way, and the author seems a lovely person (always good when you are reading someone's personal story if you like them!) An enjoyable read
May 17, 2014 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A memoir of a Jewish South African woman who migrates to Australia in search of safety. The fascinating life story with with its amusing anecdotes describes her relationships and her battle to lose weight and is ultimately about the author's search for a home. Compare to Belonging on a similar theme.

Natalie Daly
Apr 03, 2015 Natalie Daly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Joanne Fedler's 'Love in the Time of Contempt', I missed her and I found Joanne and her wonderful, soulful and wry writing style once again in this great book. Thank you for your bare honesty and wonderfully reflecting writing Joanne. I think you could write about the weather and I would be engrossed, laughing and crying at the connections you find.
Kimberly Simpson
"It's only when you hold your life up to the light, looking for the way happiness moves through it, that you'll see its kaleidoscopic. It's impossible to distinguish a shard of joy before it shifts like coloured glass, changing every shape and shade with it. What is wonderful in the world is strangly meshed in with all that is terrible too. -Joanne Fedller

Alison Smith
Part memoir, part dioet diary, part self-help - a difficult book to categorize. Writer lived in Cape Town for a while before emigrting to Australia. Its a very Jewish, very intense book. I identified strongly with parts of the book, but not with others. Hmmm.
Anne Baker
Sep 09, 2012 Anne Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful, personal account touches on more than diet. It is an insightful account of fear, loss and healing. Fedler's links so many aspects of woman's journey that it deserves more than one read to assimilate and reflect on the wisdom it contains.
Sep 11, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memior, 2010
This is more a book about losses in general, and coming to terms with them than strictly a weight loss journey book. It is about assessing ones life and gettign to the core of a problem. I found this book had a lot to offer.
Apr 06, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another for the fun memoir reads. Despite the title, the book is less about food and more about the experience of immigrating--from the fear that motivated the move to the identity process after the move.
Aug 28, 2012 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very personal account of the different layers of a woman's struggles with motherhood, identity, activism, migration, and body.
Jan 15, 2015 Robyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was pure soul food. Brilliant and needed to be read just at the right time. And I do believe one to keep.
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Joanne Fedler was born in South Africa. She studied at Yale and later moved to Australia where she still lives.
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