But before you envision me gorging this book, I actually restrained myself. Instead of a graphic novel buffe...moreI DEVOURED this book (pun fully intended).
But before you envision me gorging this book, I actually restrained myself. Instead of a graphic novel buffet or smorgasbord, I treated as though an 8 course meal. And I def read it in bed. Before going to sleep.
If you want to go to sleep a happy person, imagine strawberries and sushi and farmers markets and vegan shepherds pie dancing through your head. A preemptive strike against bad dreams!(less)
If you're looking for a new system to eat healthier while working out/training in, I found this system extremely helpful. While the second part of the...more
If you're looking for a new system to eat healthier while working out/training in, I found this system extremely helpful. While the second part of the book has exercise I didn't bother studying, I love the premise of the Abs Diet and have found ways to incorporate into my life. I first found out about it through Men's Health and had an ex try it to great success to wean himself off of teenage junk food habits and help him remember to eat (he would get so busy, realize he was starving, then binge).
When the lady version came out, I was stoked. It really didn't let me down. Personally, I remember best in shorthand and I like to have puzzles or tetris-like ways to incorporate new habits (thus iCal and Mint.com). I'm a terrible snacker- I just don't like eating bw meals, and I don't like most junk food and I tend to drink coffee or tea instead. When I started running, biking more and incorporating more physical fitness in my life, I knew I had to whip my protein intake into shape and take in more calories since im a vegetarians. That's the beauty I this "diet"- its really a lifestyle choice. I have to find a way to fit in dairy, berries, eggs, whole wheats, nuts, peanut butter, greens, olive oil, (instead of turkey I have another egg or tofurkey), good fats, and other parts of the diet. Personally, it's a challenge but I end up full- and full of te good food! And it doesn't dictate what I shouldn't eat, but I'm so stuffed from their recommendations. Best, it gives ideas for snack combos that I love. I still try to incorporate all aspects even as an injury stalled my training for a while. Even if you don't incorporate all of the plan, I think it's super healthy guide on a path to physical fitness.(less)
Ummm the idea of the food was great but to be honest, Grant isn't very likeable. And his personal life is a trainwreck and weird to read about, def lost interest after he impregnated his "roommate" girlfriend and just kept projecting his daddy issues on to every older man in his life. He is self reflective, but one this book ISN'T is FUN- DRY AS A DAMN BONE.(less)
Not bad, not bad, refreshing after Bourdain's sad sack of an effort of how a pastry chef experiences a career. But this beeyatch is EXTREMELY lucky! R...moreNot bad, not bad, refreshing after Bourdain's sad sack of an effort of how a pastry chef experiences a career. But this beeyatch is EXTREMELY lucky! Right away she is working at 3 star, 4 star restaurants, hotels, working with Martha Stewart's test kitchen, developing her own recipes and selling them! At times her time in the kitchen reads like women in the military more than women in the kitchen, but rightly so- you really get to see the other side of Bourdain's sexist behavior. It also probably helped that Dalia is hot and ready to have sex all the time and with women too! So those exploits are fine to read. I did laugh out loud at her description at the last restaurant with the crazy Boston chef, but overall a fun book for people curious about pastry business, but not a must read.(less)
What a refreshing chaser to Anthony Bourdain's recent book, crammed full of hackish sexist prose that masturbated to the grizzled old alcoholic dickhe...moreWhat a refreshing chaser to Anthony Bourdain's recent book, crammed full of hackish sexist prose that masturbated to the grizzled old alcoholic dickheads of the restaurant world; finally someone not jaded by the world of food but just starting to get enchanted by the art of the home cook and the community of freegans, foragers, supper parties, underground cook offs, all in the world of 20something hipsterish NYC burroughs. She very much has no delusions about her place and locates herself socially and culturally pretty quickly, and I found her straightforward documentation of her expirements while sometimes tedious, always taking me somewhere unexpected. I had been hoping for more of where she bought her food, what instruments she had in her kitchen, how she prepared the recipes and how she would get teh food, and what she had learned pretty quickly on was a bad idea; unfortunately those details are lacking and sometimes her escapades of getting drunk with her cool 20something friends were annoying and trite. Even with her faults and frankly amateurish writing, I found the book to be "unputtdownable" (worst book flap blurb ever) and stole every moment of my day to read it.(less)
I didn't realize how petty, sexist and hackish Anthony had become; he reminds me of internet trolls that when you say "You obviously hate women", they...moreI didn't realize how petty, sexist and hackish Anthony had become; he reminds me of internet trolls that when you say "You obviously hate women", they respond with "Slut!" Really? Comparing food to doggie style? Admitting to going to prostitutes? Making fun of any and all of females in the cook and food realm? Either mothers or whores, eh Anthony? Man you look old on that cover too, dude. Way rock and roll all those drugs catching up to you, man. Awesome Velvet Underground reference...oh what was that, another woman you hate with another chapter devoted to calling men something worse than assholes...cunts? Way to go, Bore-dain.(less)
A really funny book about a dad trying to feed his kid...and he happens to be a food writer in Seattle! I don't even have a kid and I thoroughly enjoy...moreA really funny book about a dad trying to feed his kid...and he happens to be a food writer in Seattle! I don't even have a kid and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style. His lifestyle (apartment, walking to all the grocery shops, primary parent, perverted thoughts) was really portrayed in a warm, wry way. And refreshingly, he doesn't feel guilt over giving his kid some pizza and plopping her in front of the tv. She even likes spicy food! Def. a must read for 1st time parents, and also for food writing devotees. (I liked his account of fatherhood far more than No impact Man!).(less)