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Slim to None

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  624 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Abbie Jennings is Manhattan's top food critic until her expanding waistline makes staying incognito at restaurants impossible. Her cover blown on Page Six of the New York Post, her editor has no choice but to bench her—and suggest she use the time off to bench-press her way back to anonymity. Abbie’s life has been built around her career, and therefore around celebrating f...more
Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published by Diversion Books (first published April 27th 2010)
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Mary Maffer
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Kathy Cowley
An enjoyable book that I breezed through, Slim to None features a food critic who loses her job because she's so overweight that she's instantly recognizable.

This book is all about food metaphors, puns, and descriptions, so I'll frame my review in that way. This book is like a cupcake that you buy from the cute, chic, cupcake shop on the corner. It's adorable, it tastes good, you eat it quickly--including the excess frosting. There's a certain satisfaction to biting into that pure, easy-to-chew...more
I thought I'd like this much more than I did. But the CONSTANT self-deprecating fat jokes were exhausting. A few, sure, but they were honestly nearly every page and I just got sick of it.

Abbie occasionally seemed to get a little bit of a clearer mind and be more aware of herself and her situation but then she'd be right back into eating baklava and claiming to herelf it was a white food so it was okay, and for me it actually made the few times when she seemed sympathetic and intelligent more dif...more
I can't believe I paid 99 cents for this. It was just OK. I am hoping a few of the recipes will be the saving grace. I bought it for Kindle, and there were A LOT of editing errors. It drove me nuts that they would switch from Abbie to Abby back to Abbie. They also had a chapter of calling Mortie, Mordie.

If anyone wants to read it, I can loan on Kindle.

Brittan Morris
I could not even finish this book. I tried, I really did but it was like reading a cook book. So so so boring. There didn't seem to be a plot at all and the character was just wallowing in self-pity. Definitely do not understand the 4 star rating everyone gives this book.
I was really torn about rating this one. I'd say it's more of a 2.5 read, but I'm gonna round it because I loved the ending.
The story is centered around Abby, who works as a food critic. She's got an awesome job, right? Of course, eating all day for the sake of reviewing restaurants means she's got some extra pounds, but then again, eating is basically her job...oh, yeah and writing about food.
She loves her job! I mean, of course, who wouldn't, eating in all these fancy restaurants. But one day...more
When the New York Post’s highly acclaimed and overweight food critic Abby(ie) loses her job for being found out on the cover of Page Six, she’s advised to drop (A LOT OF) weight to reclaim her job. How is she supposed to do that if food is all she knows, even stemming back to her childhood? Through Abby(ie)’s journey of losing weight, **POSSIBLE SPOILER** almost losing her husband, and finding out that she has a half-sister **END POSSIBLE SPOILER**, her self-esteem begins to grow, and she begins...more
Ok, I also bought this book as a kindle DOD, and was eager to read it. This was one that I zoomed through fairly quickly. A lot of people that have read this book are down-putting about all the depreciating fat jokes and comments that Abby makes about herself. Well, hello, she's fat!! I know from experience (past and present) that when you are presently fat -before you finally get off your a** and do something about it- you tend to put yourself down mentally and out loud on a fairly regular bas...more
Abbie Jennings has it all...the perfect job as food critic for the NY Sentinel, a loving husband and a sweet furbaby. But what happens when your world comes crashing down on you because you enjoyed your job just a little too much?!?

This book really could not have "fallen" into my hands at a better time. While I've not been faced with losing my job, my husband needing a break or finding out I have siblings I never knew, I am faced with that 4 letter word that no woman wants to While...more
Kelly Mcdonough
I can see the continuing eductation assignment sheet now: Take a novel that you've just read (Garlic and Saphires)and put your own spin on it.... assignment 2: add conflict; assignment 3: add subplots. This is the most poorly written book I've ever read. The plot is transparent, the food analogies are weak and forced, the conflicts magically and instantly resolved. I am shocked that this got published, more shocked to find the author has other published novels. If you haven't read it yet, buy Ga...more
Lenore Kosinski
Actually a 4.5 stars. This book started out and I wasn't sure I was going to appreciate it....the fat jokes came across harsh, and I wasn't sure what the angle of the book was. But I ended up getting sucked right in.... Love the Abster. So much thought-provoking stuff.... A heroine with definite flaws, but you rooted for her... I cried a lot. Yeah....apparently I'm not feeling sentence complete-ish today.
Katie Thigpen
Very easy, fun read. I loved that there were recipes between the chapters. Several of them looked yummy and not too difficult. As a food lover myself, this book was a fun look at a food lover trying to diet.
I would have liked to read more about the actual progression of the main character's development. The Kindle edition had quite a few typos/editing errors. Overall, it was okay.
I know it's silly, but a misspelling on page 112 really bugged me: commodian instead of comedian. Really jarring and took me out of the story.
I do not recommend this book. The author goes way overboard on the food analogies
This is a light, humorous slice of gingerbread with whipped cream topping.

Not really. The food and recipes I salivated over throughout my reading brought up this metaphor, but it's still pretty apt. Not quite chick lit and not quite women's fiction, the story kind of straddles the two.

Abbie, the overweight heroine, loses her job as a newspaper food critic because she's gotten so fat the restaurant owners recognize her. The editor puts her on a temporary part-time column and gives her an ultimatu...more
Jac (For Love and Books)
I grabbed Slim to None on Amazon this past week, it popped up on the "People who bought htis also bought..." list, I liked the idea of a food critic going on a diet, and it was cheap. My perfect combination! *lol* And it was a pretty good, quick and fluffy read.

There was so much I liked about Abbie, she was a great main character with a great personality and a good job. And I suppose, in many ways she was realistic - and that may have been just what I didn't like about her. I didn't like that...more
Dec 06, 2011 Stacey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacey by: Corrin
Shelves: book-club, fiction
So...I have a book club in Indonesia now, and I am so thankful for kindles--otherwise it would be impossible. This was our first book, and quite frankly I was disappointed. It was fluffy, and overly-focused on bad fat jokes and food. I am going to give it 2 stars, because if you could get past that (and it took a while), there was an interesting story underneath. I also think there are a number of great discussion points, and there were things I could relate to on different levels. It is one of...more
I went on an extreme reading binge this summer and at the top of my list : read as many Jenny Gardiner books as I could without breaking the bank. Mission accomplished. One of my first reads on this list was Slim to None. I struggled with my rating for this book but ultimately settled with 4 stars. I really did like the book and not just for the recipes and delicious food I could almost taste through my digital screen. As an adult woman who has struggled with weight gain, well the gain has never...more
You may have noticed I'm on a Food-lit kick as of late. AuthorJenny Gardiner did, and suggested her book, Slim to None. Of course, I purchased it immediately.

Abbie Jennings is not at home in her own skin which made it hard for me to be comfortable with her. No doubt, weight is a sensitive subject for most women, but that's not what made me uncomfortable. (For me, the person I see in my head is not the same as the one in the mirror... but I am fitting into some clothes I haven't worn in a while s...more
Reading this book while dieting was a great idea! The best food critic in New York City has her cover blown because, essentially, she gets too fat. Her editor tells her she has six months to get into shape. Abby is in the midst of family drama, while trying to lose the weight.

Instead of just dieting and working out, Abby is forced to figure out WHY she eats to fill the voids in her life. What is she missing? What is she avoiding? Why is food so important to her? Watching her work through these...more
Jennifer Murphy
Who does constantly have those internal battles between good food versus diet and exercise?

Jenny Gardiner introduces us to Abbie Jennings, a famous NY food critic, who gets ousted from her job. In order to get her job back, she must lose weight. But how can she do that when she loves food so much?

Not only is her dream job in jeopardy (she's be relegated to writing a weekly column) but her home front is in trouble. Abbie's husband loves her the way she is, whatever size, but is tired of taking a...more
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I ordered this book on a whim, in a Kindle Deal of the Day frenzy. I had no previous experience with this author and had no idea what to think.

At first, I found myself not relating to the main character at all. But then I decided to quit over-thinking her character and just go with the story. I was glad that I did.

The book does not take itself too seriously and offers a light hearted approach to some heavy issues with which the main character is dealing. I enjoyed reading about her development...more
This book is about food and obesity and diet and their puns.

Abby prepares food, serves food, rates food, and talks about food. Obsesses food. She associates life's events with food. Almost any life situation, noun or verb has her thinking about food. It's her life. It's who she is. What she does. She gives it more attention than even her own husband and it's pushing him past his limit. He loves her the way she is.

I wanted to dislike this book because the food and weight obsession was over the...more
Abbie Jennings is the New York Sentinel's top restaurant critic and, as a result, she's gotten rather, well, zaftig over the years. Forced to take a six-month hiatus from her job, she decides to lose weight and in the process, gains her happiness.


I'm sorry, but this is why I generally avoid self-published books. While Abbie was a likeable character, the writing style left much to be desired. I never knew why she kept addressing the reader throughout the book and it read more like a d...more
NYC's top food critic is "outed" in the New Your Post, eating an eclair and with this recognition and her weight problem she has become too recognizable and can no longer review restaurants anonymously. Abbie's job was the love of her life, right up there with her husband William and her dog Cognac, so when her editor replaces her for 6 months with a sneaky colleague and hands her a part time position of writing a weekly lifestyle column instead, her world begins to crumble. Losing weight to get...more
So enjoyed this book. My first one for this author. She made me laugh and hungry at the same time. Loved the writing, just a nice light summer read. Good one for the sunshine, coffee and deck time :)
New York's top food critic gets "busted" as her love for food reflects in her waistline and she becomes recognizable. The novel is about how she copes and doesn't cope with the need for a serious diet and her conflicts with her husband along the way. It could be many women's voices out there who have used food to cover up a difficult's just that most of us don't earn a living from it. Interesting twist is she befriends a homeless man who is the recipient of many of her take home bo...more
Leah James
Nov 13, 2011 Leah James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of contemporary women's fiction
If any of you follow my reviews, you know I'm pretty stingy with those little pointy things. To rate a 4 or 5 stars from me, a book/story has to really grab me, make me laugh and cry and want more--and that's what Slim to None did for me. I have to confess that part of my "infatuation" with the story is my life-long struggle with weight. Ms. Gardiner captured so perfectly the sense of shame and humiliation I so often felt. But if this story had just been about a woman struggling with weight, I p...more
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Award-winning author Jenny Gardiners work has been found in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPRs Day to Day. She likes to say she honed her fiction writing skills while working as a publicist for a US Senator. Other jobs have included: an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that she was not cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably her highest-paying job),...more
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