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Good Enough to Eat

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  2,793 ratings  ·  289 reviews
The last thing Melanie expected to lose when she went on a diet was her husband.

Former lawyer Melanie Hoffman lost half her body weight and opened a gourmet take-out café specializing in healthy and delicious food. Then her husband left her-for a woman twice her size. Immediately afterwards, she's blindsided by a financial crisis. Melanie reaches out to a quirky roommat
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published (first published July 29th 2010)
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I really wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I felt like a lot of the dialogue was forced and more proper than people actually speak and i found that rather jarring. While I liked the overall idea of the plotline, it fell rather flat. Some of the characters felt a little forced and all of Kai's nicknames for Mel? Just didn't fit at all with either of their personalities, at least to me.
Kris Irvin
So I started this book loving it. I love Melanie, and the characters, and the whole idea of Mel's business.

But then it started getting all language-y, and a little too rated R in the bedroom, and then the ending was like, what was that? Was that an ending? That was a crappy ending.

So what I am saying in this intensely badly written review is, I wish this book had been cleaner, and ended more solidly. If for those things, it would have been a 5 star review. Alas, 2 stars it is.
For me, the first half of this book was much better than the second half. Towards the end, I just wanted it to be over with already. Cheesy dialogue at times. Do grown men actually say, "now, scoot"? Unsatisfying ending. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
When one reads the description of a book on the back or the inside flap, you get certain expectations. There are some books that make me REALLY excited to read them, and others that leave me lukewarm. And it's absolutely impossible to tell how a book will turn out other than simply reading it. That being said, what drew me to this book was the fact that the main character had lost a lot of weight, just like myself. Melanie was married to a thin guy, Andrew. She was fat. Then she lost weight, and ...more
Below is from my review on my blog:

I received Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis at a very appropriate time in my life. The main character Melanie Hoffman has just gotten divorced, and so have I--different circumstances, but both Melanie and I have gone through big and interesting changes as a result.

Melanie has achieved what so many women work at and obsess over--she lost over 100 pounds and has gotten herself to a healthy weight. She has also changed j
I read this in 2 days flat. It's a light hearted read with serious warmth. Melanie, the heroine, is struggling with a new life...She's coping with all sorts of new stresses from her recent divorce, significant weight-loss, a business, unexpected financial woes, as well as new personal relationships.

What I like most about Melanie (and all of Stacey's heroines that I've "met" so far) is that she's real. She has flaws & insecurities, as well as, successes & pride. Ballis provides the crucia
Melanie Hoffman, the heroine of Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis, tackles what could be some very depressing challenges in her life: divorce, food issues, entrepreneurship (she owns a gourmet take-out café) and relationships. She manages (and sometimes mismanages) it all with pluck and support from family and friends.

Each chapter in this novel begins with Melanie's reminisces about how certain foods relate to events in her life, be they large or small. Quite a variety of food is covered - mas
I really wanted to like this book. I love Jen Lancaster, so I figured that her BFF is my BFF, right? I also love books about food, so this seemed right up my alley, but I really struggled to get through it.

The story centers around Melanie, a former fat girl who left the law business to open a healthy take out restaurant. If that wasn't enough reinvention, her husband (clearly a chubby chaser) leaves her for her fat boss. Melanie is now forced to navigate a new world with her co-workers, roommate
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Tiffani Long
OH GOOD READS, PLEASE LET ME HAVE HALF STARS!! I have a love/no love relationship with this book (hate is too strong a word). In the first two chapters, I was ready to put it down but since I was at the pool with nothing else to read...I carried on. I could TOTALLY identify with Melanie's love and adoration of food and her struggle to feel "normal" after losing over 100lbs. I did enjoy her dialogue with her food counselor about how we obsess over 5 pounds and what we are really saying/doing when ...more
What its about: A woman who realizes that her body isn't going to be able to sustain her unhealthy ways. She loses half of her body weight and quits her high stress job as a lawyer. She goes to culinary school and opens up a gourmet take out cafe that specializes in healthy food. She's finally getting her life together when she receives a huge shock. Her husband leaves her for a woman bigger than she ever was. Introduce a financial crisis, a new roommate and a potential boyfriend, stir vigorousl ...more
I couldn't get through this book. I made it to page 26 and said to myself "that is it. no more." I kept reading the same pages over and over either due to lack of interest or the fact that she kept saying the same things over and over. When I picked it up, it looked like a fun book to read but I ended up not being able to picture the characters and get my mind truly into the book. I don't like books that are unrealistic...she was a high powered attorney turned chef of health foods....used to hav ...more
At first this book started to piss me off when the heroine was starting in on her size previous to her weight loss and blah-blah. A few more pages in, and I stopped being pissed. Melanie had lost weight, and her husband because of it. She is a recovering food addict and I get the feeling that the author has had her share of food issues too. I know how hard it is to deal with food issues myself and I really felt that Ballis hits home with this book. I did find one thing to be VERY annoying. Her c ...more
Leah K
Good Enough to Eat by Stacy Ballis
308 pages

Melanie Hoffman is nearly 40, married, owns her own business, and recently lost half her bodyweight – going from 290 pounds to 145. She thinks she has it made until one day her husband of nearly 10 years announces he is leaving her…for a woman twice her weight. She is then forced to re-evaluate her relationships and life.

This is your typical chick-lit fluff read. Woman has it made, woman’s life falls apart, woman must find her way again in the big, sca
Initially, thought it was an okay read, but the last chapter to me, had tons of meaning to it. Almost quite in the middle, glad I didn't.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book--probably the best culinary fiction I've read, and in the top five if you add in culinary non-fiction and memoirs. At first I was disappointed that recipes weren't included, until I realized they're all stuck at the end of the book (why not between chapters?). I can't wait to make the banana cake! I hope the author writes additional books--I found the characters believable and interesting. And inspiring.
I began my Stacey Ballis journey with Recipe for Disaster, which I DEVOURED in about two or three days. I inhaled Good Enough to Eat in even less time, and I couldn't help but purchase Off the Menu (which I started reading today). I don't think I can rest until I have finished every single one of Ballis's books - they are exactly what I was looking for (but didn't even know it)!
I particularly identified with Mel, the main character, as I have gone through (and continue to battle) a similar-thoug
I really liked this book. I loved how spot-on Ballis's writing about being a fat girl and being a former fat girl was. It resonated so much with me. The characters were smart and sweet and interesting. And I want to try a bunch of the recipes! And it's always nice to read about a character with your own name. :)
Have you read the Junie B. Jones books? They are the best little kid eye candy for early readers. We collected all of them and my personal favorite was Junie B. Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy. To this day I cannot read that book with laughing until I cry. Part of that charm might be that I love reading aloud and do a mighty fine job of sounding like a hip, sassy 5 year old...Anyway....

The main character in this book, Melanie, is exactly what I would have pictured the 'grown up' Junie B. Jones to be
I read this book only because it was on my public library’s “hot summer reads” library recommendations. Within the past two years the protagonist, Melanie Hoffman, has undergone seismic change: even with her life-long obsession with food, she has lost about 145 pounds, ditched her high-rolling legal career, attended culinary school, and opened a healthy take-out café in Chicago. Her husband, apparently only interested in relationships with obese women, has been having an affair with Melanie’s fo ...more
Andrea Holladay
Really good book that had you feeling a variety of emotions! I was slightly disappointed with the ending but overall it was a great read for any foodies out there.
This book was So painful to finish. I never liked any of the characters (I hate "quirky" characters). It started off okay and just went downhill from there.
This was okay. I liked the general story line but at times it felt too scripted and not "real" enough.
This is a total chick lit, and a very light read, but entertaining too.
Ingrid Leonard
I read this book for 2 weeks, it's too slow for a thin novel... so, nothing more to say, but this book kinda bored at the beginning. The story is centered to Melanie, an ex fat girl, who become slim, healthy & in the middle of her complicated to take care other, I think she's a very self oriented person.
She always want to make other happy, but beside that she always turn it around to her self, did it will make her happy or good or what?
Well, I just glad I finish the book at last & not ju
Read for book club.
Picked up this one from the library and really enjoyed it. If I had to classify it, I would call it more women’s fiction, however there is some romance in it. Melanie, the protagonist, has lost a lot of weight, basically a whole other person. On top of that she has changed careers, giving up the law for a healthy eating food business and just as she is feeling the success of these positive changes her husband leaves her. The fact that he left her for a heavier woman and a woman who was her frien ...more
When Melanie Hoffman lost half of her body weight, she thought it would be the start of a brilliant new life. She thought her marriage to her husband Andrew would be better than ever and opening up her own healthy food shop Dining By Design would afford her a nice career. But when her husband leaves her – for a woman fatter than her no less, Melanie doesn’t know what to do with herself. When Melanie realises her business could go under due to lack of funds, she rents out her second bedroom to th ...more
Melanie Hoffman has made a lot of changes in her life: she lost a lot of weight, she left a high-paying job to open a healthy take-out business and at the opening of the book, we find out that her husband is leaving her. Apparently, he likes large women and the svelte Melanie is not his cuppa tea anymore.

This is the second book of Stacey Ballis' that I have read and enjoyed. It is a great change of pace to have a book where I can more readily identify with the heroines because they are older and
The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking about how to review it. This is the first book I have read by Stacey Ballis and she reminds me of a younger Kris Radish. I liked the strong friendships that Ballis develops, the "introspection + life change," and her attempt to create strong, independent women. I also really liked the idea of it. Each chapter revolves around a food item and starts with a memory of the protagonist's past. Then, somewhere in that chapter the food reappears. How ...more
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“Being a compulsive overeater is no different from being an alcoholic or drug addict. The only difference is that you can avoid drugs and alcohol completely and you have to have a relationship with food every day for the rest of your life. It's actually the hardest addiction to live with. If you were an alcoholic and someone said to you that you were required to have a single drink three to five times a day, but were not supposed to ever drink to excess, or a drug addict who was required to take just one pill severeal times a day every day, but you're not supposed to ever take more than one would ever make it through rehab.” 18 likes
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