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Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  993 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
From America's most beloved comedic actress and the star of Desperate Housewives comes a personal, heartfelt, and often very funny manifesto on life, love, and the lessons we all need to learn -- and unlearn -- on the road to happinessTeri Hatcher secured her place in America's heart when she stood up to accept her Golden Globe for Best Actress and declared herself a "has- ...more
ebook, 100 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 1900)
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Callie Rose Tyler


I'm no Teri Hatcher enthusiast but I grew up watching "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" . I compare every Lois Lane to Hatcher and none of them seem to measure up. As a child I loved her, I thought she was smart and funny and beautiful, she was tough and driven but never bitchy or cold. Then Desperate Housewives happened...

...and I fell in love with Hatcher all over again. So I love her but I'm not obsessed (in case you are wondering who I am obsessed with, these are th
Dec 15, 2010 KDNH rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I choose to read a book written by a celebrity author, it is usually because I am a fan and want to know more about them. But I wouldn’t necessarily say I am a “fan” of Teri Hatcher’s. Sure, I still tune into Desparate Housewives but for some reason I have a hard time separating the actor from the role and I think of Teri as Susan. Which is pretty much what I got out of this book too.

The amount of information she shares in this book is shocking; from no sex on her honeymoon to intimate mass
Jaja Borja-Laure
May 01, 2011 Jaja Borja-Laure rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I classify this as unputdownable! Reading the book was a breeze for me mainly because (a) I'm a fan of Lois & Lane and Desperate Housewives and (b) c'mon, who wouldn't admire her for maintaining a goddess figure through the years?

Teri Hatcher is a heck of a funny lady! She's very natural in relating her stories with loads of humor and bits of sarcasm all throughout. I never thought that she's a practical yet classy lady, a strong person who survived two divorces, a healthy eater and a very d
I purchased this book after reading the first few pages which explain the title. The idea behind it is that if her mother was making breakfast for everyone and ended up burning some toast, she would eat that toast herself, instead of making another slice so she could have good toast. It occurerd to me that I actually do this too, not only in relation to toast, but other sacrifices for my family as well. Despite the fact I have not yet gone back to finish reading this, even if I never do, I know ...more
Jan 18, 2009 tib rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I finished this book because I felt like I needed to be nice to the author, who seemed to be trying really, really hard. I acknowledge that that was a pretty silly reason.
Hanna Smith
Nov 30, 2015 Hanna Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed listening to this book. I didn't even know who Teri Hatcher was before I listened to this book but I immediately identified with her stories. Don't settle for burnt toast.
Feb 23, 2013 Skylar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ended up really loving this book. When I first got it, I didn't realize that it was written for women. I started reading it and by the time I realized it, I was already too into the book. It was easy for me to relate to Teri because we both have very similar styles of writing as well as interests and things that have happened to us. When she was talking about how to build yourself up and know you are with more than burnt toast, it really spoke to me. I recommend this to anybody of any gender t ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I wouldn't say I've always been a fan of Teri Hatcher, but that doesn't mean I wasn't a fan either. I saw her in things, and knew who she was, but can't say I was a follower. I picked up this book because the title caught my attention, and sometimes the "hollywood" life intrigues me. I felt like I was reading my own diary, not with life situations, but with the feelings and battle inside. Great, funny, inspiring, and uplifting book that leaves you thinking of ways to put yours ...more
Sep 21, 2007 james rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone one who admires honesty, devotion, and could use a good laugh.
as embarrassing as it may be to admit... one of my favorite books. her honesty throughout the book, and devotion to her daughter are admirable. picked the book up while wandering aimlessly through the bookstore looking for something new to read and almost couldn't put it back down. the stories of her roadtrips with her daughter in her van that doesn't accelerate past 35mph kept me laughing.
Jan 20, 2012 Robynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book club read, which I ended up liking more than I thought I would! I had to get past a few F-bombs at the beginning, and another somewhat explicit chapter, but overall it was a good book - funny, with some great advice on what it really takes to be happy and satisfied with your life. There were some great quotes to remember toward the end.
Apr 22, 2009 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I enjoyed this book and Teri's upbeat look at life. She doesn't talk about anything too serious like how she was abused as a child.

I always think of her appearance on Seinfeld - "They're real and they are spectacular!" I think she talked about being on the show but I read this awhile ago and I don't remember for sure.
Sep 13, 2009 Moudi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love it...
one of my favorites...
she is a simple lady who is expressing simple facts
that show that awkward moments and reaching rock bottom isn't the end of the world

I really believed her... and related to her
Feb 14, 2015 Gosia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why the heck have I taken this book from the library shelf.
I don't think I have even rated 50 shades of Grey like that.

No, this book is not funny. At all.
The advices? - even Paolo Coehlo has better content in his books.
The contraries between sentences? Denials of denials. Perfect mother - next page the worst mother. I don't expect the prize - I want the prize. Is she bipolar or what?

It was freaking hard to read, I was just shaking my head in disbelief every few paragraphs.

No. And no. And
Jul 20, 2013 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celebrity
Let me start this off by saying I've never seen Desperate Housewives- but I grew up watching Lois & Clark in the nineties, and have seen Teri Hatcher in random hair and store commercials. I figured I had seen her enough to justify this quick tell-all of her life. First off, as others have mentioned, she uses the Burnt Toast metaphor WAY too much, to the point of silliness. She also seems to have a real self-esteem problem- so much so that she really should be saying all of this to a therapis ...more
I don’t know why I was interested in reading this book. I have never watched a show Teri Hatcher played on and she isn’t really a favorite actress of mine. I liked her on the Radio Shack commercials with Howie Long. I thought she exuded self confidence especially with someone as hunky and cool as Howie. When I saw that she wrote a book, I was intrigued. I thought maybe she was writing about her life and how she became famous with a story full of name dropping and gossip and maybe a little though ...more
Amber Koppenhofer
I first began absorbing the content of this book by listening to it on audiobook. My first impression of it was that it was cute, but corny, and that Hatcher went a bit above and beyond in the use of her food related metaphors. However, as I kept listening, I realized that the reason I was a bit on the annoyed side is because she writes like me, her quirks are like me, her philosophies are like mine, and no one really likes to listen to themselves or read their own work. Once I came to this real ...more
Roxy Boroughs
I knew next to nothing about Teri Hatcher when I picked up BURNT TOAST, the tale of her 'jagged route to happiness' as an audio book.

It certainly had more parenting advice than I expected, but definitely contained interesting points about dealing with success, along with set-backs.

Nicely read by actress Deanna Hurst, with an intro and extro read by Hatcher, herself.

Sep 15, 2012 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, actors
Burnt Toast – Teri Hatcher

Everything you wanted to know about Teri Hatcher but ... no that about says it.

I won’t leave it there. It is a very easy book to read, a fast read, and written in a very simple style. The book personifies everything I thought I knew of the author from interviews I’ve seen and her acting style.

There are life stories, morals, and courage. Mostly it is a book about a woman with low self-esteem who (even towards the end of the story) never seems to come to grips with her t
Mar 12, 2012 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love memoirs and biographies, so of course being a huge Desperate Housewives fan I picked up this book. I really, really, really wanted to love this book! I obviously should have realized that since part of the title is "And Other Philosophies," that it was not a memoir but more of an inspirational book. Her "philosophies" are very elementary and something I like to call common sense! I was originally going to give this book 2 stars but being a Desperate Housewives and Susan fan, I gave in and ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Zelda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This me reading celeb memoirs thing really needs to stop. I didn't even watch Desperate Housewives after the first season. Or Lois and Clark.

I don't know that Hatcher is particularly relatable. She's 10 feet tall, pin thin without trying and has really nice hair. And in spite of her insistence that she suffers from the same insecurities as the rest of us, how many of the rest of us have had our breasts immortalized for all eternity in the phrase, "They're real and they're spectacular"? Um, none
Feb 03, 2016 Rosebud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Teri delivered great ideas to make your life happier and more fulfilled without being boring at all. She has a great balanced sense of where she is in the great spectrum of things...doesn't take herself too seriously and isn't at all preachy in her writing. She is very humble and funny and clever! I love her book and hope she writes more !
Ana Bernardes
É uma biografia da própria actriz e fala do seu tempo das Donas de Casa Desesperadas, da sua passagem por Lisboa. Sinceramente esperava um pouco mais do livro por isso fiquei um pouco desiludida.

Jan 16, 2009 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was curious about this book because of the title. I too am an Type A personality and could certainly relate to many of Teri Hatcher's stories thinking of various points of my life.

It was a long read because there was no dialogue, just the recounting of her many experiences and the journey she has made while reflecting on and learning from these experiences. It did make me laugh at times and at times it was a bit long.

What I did like, was the honesty with which she wrote her book. As an actress
Antoaneta Mitrusheva
Подходих към тази книга доста лекомислено - мислех си как ще я прочета за час-два, без да се задълбочавам особено. Сигурна бях, че няма да ме впечатли. Пък и ми беше любопитно що за четиво ще сътвори една симпатична актриса от "Отчаяни съпруги". Е, оказа се, че съм подценила и актрисата в качеството й на писател, и книгата.
Всъщност четивото освен приятно, се оказа и хубаво. Тери Хачър е много открита, честна и непосредствена в книгата. Почти всяка жена може да открие в лутанията й и частица от с
Jitka Egressy
I'm sorry, but I feel, that this book is only because of Famous Teri. Don't get me wrong. I love Teri, but I didn't like this book so much..
Jai Dee
I never thought I'd ever read anything written by a former Lois Lane. But strangely, this book showed a side of celebrities that I've always known: they're just people. People with problems, hang-ups, insecurities, and blotched pasts. Duh. But in the current wave of celebrity worship, this was a refreshing change from the usual "woe-is-me-I'm-so-talented-that-I-can't-even-go-out-of-my-door, and-my-poor-relations-take-advantage-of-me" memoir. She talks about her difficulty being a single mom, why ...more
Valerie F
Aug 11, 2008 Valerie F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, self-help
I did not think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. This is part memoir (but not salacious tell-all) and part self-help. I'm grateful to have read this now since I recently underwent a big breakup and could relate to Teri's feelings about her divorce. In addition, I think many women suffer from insecurity and feelings of phoniness when they are successful. In college they had a seminar for women students about it, but I foolishly didn't attend, thinking it wouldn't affect me. This focuses ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was light read by Teri Hatcher. She talks her life in a candid and funny way and it was enjoyable to read.
Anne-Marie Hodge
I have to admit I just couldn't finish this book--something that is incredibly, extremely rare for me. I got the Kindle version on sale, and thought it looked sort of Bossypants-ish and worth giving a try. Really it's a bunch of lamenting how hard her life is, with seemingly total oblivion to the gross overprivilege that is worked into most of her anecdotes. It's supposed to be an advice book but the advice is banal and repeats itself over and over without regard to the ostensible theme of a giv ...more
May 07, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning and middle of the book was really interesting. Getting to know little facts about the Desperate Housewives star that I have come to love and watch every Sunday night was interesting to me. However, the last few chapters seemed to lag on and on and I had trouble concentrating. I like how Hatcher used intimate details of her life and actually wrote the truth. Most autobiographies don't seem to be as truthful as this one. Overall this book was filled with good life lessons but like I ...more
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