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Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

2.55  ·  Rating details ·  899 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving...Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 16th 2014 by Tinder Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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this is only the third book i have read in which a woman eats her beloved, so i'm no expert or anything, but this one manages to make cannibalism pretty dull - an achievement for sure, but not an achievement you really want to celebrate. i first heard about this book from this article when i was researching marriage thrillers for work, and i got really excited. i've read Gone Girl and The Silent Wife and Before We Met and i was hoping for something that took the deadly momentum of these toxic re ...more
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I read this like two months ago, but I am SUCKING at posting anything lately so I’m just now getting around to it. Let’s start with the overall GR rating, shall we?

Yeesh. That’s low. Of course that means I loved it. #wrongreader4eva

The story here is a fairly simple one. After being married to Jacob for ages, Lizzie finally had enough one day and offed him. Left with the conundrum of how to dispose of the body in a way that would leav
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

Lizzie Prain is a fiftysomething woman who spontaneously murders her husband. And then eats him. That's about it for the premise of this dark and often stomach-turning novel. That in itself is not a criticism: this simple setup is all Season To Taste really needs to make it intriguing. Team that with an increasing amount of hype and discussion of the novel in the press and on blogs and, as a feminist twist on a controversial taboo subject, it look
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was sent this book in exchange for a honest review.

Once I had read the blurb I thought the book sounded really different and intriguing, I was a little apprehensive of starting it as I had heard it was gruesome, something that I don't really like in books. However I had also heard a lot of people talking about this book so thought I would give it a go.

This is about Lizzie, the opening few pages we realise that she had murdered her husband, Jacob. She hit him over the head with a garden spade
I enjoyed this despite the negative reviews for this. I understand why so many didn't like this book, but I wasn't that turned off by the writing style. It's just.....different and takes awhile to get used to. I'm glad my fellow messed up coworker recommended this little gem to me. Now my husband is afraid I'm gonna cook his ass in a stew. Lol!
Nov 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, contemporary
As most people know, I love a good transgressive novel and Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband sounds like the type of book I was going to enjoy. The premise is simple; after thirty years of marriage Lizzie Prain has had enough. A single blow with the shovel caves his head in and now she is free but she also has to dispose of his body. Her method appealed to her practical side; she was going to eat him.

The book sounds deliciously macabre and to some extent there are some dark moments but
Steph Patt
***I received this book as an ARC for an honest review***

What it is about

Lizzie is a 50(ish) year old woman that murders her husband in their yard, chops him up into pieces, sticks him in the freezer, and eats him. The entire plot line (what there was of it) is flashbacks of her past with her husband, who in my opinion doesn’t sound so terrible. Lizzie befriends a boy at the local garden center and he is a total weirdo. The entire story is told through weird shifts of third person, first person,
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it, or is it not, a spoiler? It's the subtitle on the UK cover, and clearly the drawcard. Without it, I wouldn't have tried the book. So glad I did, though. Murder! Dismemberment! Cooking! Cannibalism! If you're interested in any of these, you'll be interested in Natalie Young's Season to Taste, or How to Eat Your Husband. (Rephrase that: If you're interested in READING any of these... Because if you enjoy DOING murder, dismemberment, or cannibalism, you'd best turn yourself into police.)

So i
Robyn Koshel
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Season to taste” is a suburban dark comedic horror that would make Roald Dahl proud.

“Season to taste” starts off with the best motherly advice “You have to get your head around disappointments. And try not to drink”. I think that line alone sums up Lizzie’s state of mind. Lizzie co-dependant and disenfranchised. Snippets of her life appear throughout the story as Jacob, her husband, chipped away at her over the years, little piece by little piece.

I suspected that Jacob was a bit of a narcissist
Lene Krogholm
Dec 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book but really didn't like it. I found it boring and did not even realise until after I finished it that it was supposed to be funny. The character Lizzi really didn't catch me either. I could not relate at all and I thought both her and her husband were...well lazy idiots. I really did not get why they were together. It seemed like everything had always been wrong and they had chosen to be misserable and depressed. The story wasn't clear on why she killed her husband, what drove ...more
Katy Leanne
Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Found it hard to follow, characters kept coming into it that played no part in the story and weren't explained to the reader, the story kept changing from past to present which made it hard to read, found it a chore to finish it. I understood the message of the book and found it sad and thought provoking but the story ended up like her marriage, slow, boring and monotonous.
Andrew Nolan
Sep 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise - and beautiful package ... but unfortunately not a book that I would recommend. I wasn't interested in any of the characters, and I slogged through each chapter hoping that it would get better. This one was not for me.
Yvonne (vonheadinabook)
I enjoyed this book,it was gruesomely good in places,but for me the ending let it down...
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Never judge a book by its title.

This promised so much yet failed to deliver almost completely. To be honest I’m struggling to think of anything positive to say about this novel(la) other than its title (which is great, and thus takes it off the very bottom rung of the ladder).

“How To Eat Your Husband”??? What a great idea. It could have been so good, and it could have gone off in so many different directions. It could have been a great horror story. It could have been darkly humorous. It could h
Beth (bibliobeth)
Three and a half stars from me. A big thank you to the lovely people at Book Bridgr and Tinder Press/Headline for allowing me to read this very dark and unique novel. The title kind of says it all so no spoilers there! In short, it is about a fifty-something woman called Lizzie Prain whom after thirty years of marriage decides to take a shovel to her husband's head. The only problem now is, what to do with the body? Ah, yes the obvious solution - eat it. In this way, the power in the relationshi ...more
Amanda - Go Book Yourself

A review copy was provided by Tinder Press in return for an honest review

Just when I think I can't possibly be grossed out by a book any more, Season to Taste comes along! I honestly thought I was immune at this stage. Especially after reading Cows by Matthew Stokoe.

Lizzie s husband is dead. He was working in the garden when she attacked him with a shovel, twice. Being so unconventional herself, Lizzie doesn't trust the conventional methods of corpse concealment such as burying. The only wa
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Fifty-something Lizzie Prain is stuck. Trapped in an unhappy marriage and trapped in the middle of woods. One morning in March she picks up a garden spade and kills her husband, Jacob. After thirty years of being his wife, Lizzie doesn't feel like she should suffer any further for one moment of insanity (or is it clarity) in their garden. Being an extremely practical woman, Lizzie comes up with a plan. Eat the evidence. Starting with the hands, Lizzie disposes of Jacob one body part at a time wi ...more
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is a real ingenuity to Season To Taste. The idea behind it, the writing, the subtlety, the horror, the black humour, and yet it is quite sedate, almost staid - very steady.

I am giving nothing away by telling you that the story begins just as Lizzie has murdered her husband Jacob. She battered him around the head with a garden spade on on ordinary Monday morning. Lizzie has endured a long and miserable marriage, and she certainly does not intend for anyone to make her suffer now that Jacob
Marina Sofia
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
What to think or say about this book? It certainly won't leave you indifferent! At first I found the descriptions of seasoning and cooking of human flesh rather nauseating, and perhaps there are a few too many of them, but they form a neat counterpoint to the otherwise so dull, so conventional and repressed ordinary life of a woman who has never felt loved, never excelled at anything, never seemed to have a mind of her own.
Besides, it's not the first book featuring cannibalism (and in this case
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Now that her husband is dead, Lizzie has a clear cut goal: move on and live. But first she has to deal with the sixteen pieces of Jacob wrapped in trash bags in her freezer. Her plan is simple - she's going to cook him and eat him, piece by piece, until there's nothing left. No body and no way to get caught for her crime.

I really struggled with this book. When it hit shelves I was super excited. It sounded so dark and unique. But when I started reading it just wasn't hitting the spot. I left it
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This book should come with a warning at the beginning about how gruesome some of the scenes are, and after a 50 pages I wasn't sure if I really wanted to carry on as The humour was buried very deep under a swathe of very black olive oil, garlic, vegetables and other fascinating recipes that Jamie Oliver or Hugh FW, would be proud of. The plot is as it says on the front cover, Lizzie Prain a woman in her late 40's murders her husband and proceed to cook and eat his remains from the freezer in her ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wouldn't have picked this to read if it hadn't been a birthday present. I'm still not sure if there was anything of merit to it, as the eating of Lizzie's murdered husband was a touch too grotesque at times for me which coloured my opinion a little. There were some rather poignant and frank descriptions of human nature which I enjoyed but I didn't like any of the characters much. Black humour...I'm not sure!
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Season to Taste" by Natalie Young. The cover blurb: " an enjoyable feast of anger- witty and poised" but I can't get past the gruesome descriptions of how the main character prepares to cook the husband she has murdered and dismembered. Yech.
Annie fgughufg
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I wish I had not wasted my time on this heartless , unrewarding read .
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is NOT a spoiler alert because the cover of the book specifically reveals that Lizzie Prain kills her husband and eats him so she doesn't have to go to jail for the deed. But it's a whole lot more than just that. This book takes us through her non-emotional turmoil, her faltering decisions about actually eating all of him, her fantasies on how life will be afterword, and her dilema's regarding the seasonings and specific cooking of the bits and pieces to make it palatable. It's a lot to pro ...more
So.........what was to point of writing this book? I mean, it didn't really have a strong message. Like, I understand (I think) where the author was going with the "moral" of the story, but I don't think it fully got there. What I THINK she was trying to say is that sometimes only being alone and separated from those "you love" will be able to allow you to be free and without worries or stress. That is what I got from it, and that's a stretch. Maybe I just missed the mark, and that could be my f ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read a review stating they didnt know how a book about murdering and eating your husband could be dull and boring.. And seriously that person was spot on! This isnt a bad book, nothing persay wrong with it.. Its just DULL! I can see how some people would enjoy how the story is written in a list from about how to get through the process of eating and cooking your husband.. But not me. Its almost like a fictional how-to books. There isn't really anymore to the storyline past what the description ...more
Janiera A
Oct 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This book is one of the biggest disappointments I've had in a while. The description sounded so wonderful! It should have been an amazing physiological horror story. In stead, the story was so dry and boring I couldn't even finish it. The scenes had no strong descriptions, the characters actions were written like cardboard. You could not build any connection to the characters because they were all so terribly boring. I could not even finish this book which really saddened me as I was so excited ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y
Looking at the Goodreads rating for this, it looks like I'm not alone in my thinking. The reason I went with a 2 star rating instead of a 1 star rating is because I think a certain type of person will "get" this book. I mean, I think the narrative is hard to follow and I never felt anything for the characters, but I think this book is aimed at certain people at certain times in their lives.

Side Note: If you're thinking about reading this, make sure you have a strong stomach. It can get pretty g
Maris Brown
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I understand why people don't like this book. This is not a book of tons of action or adventure as some might assume with the idea of cannibalism. However, this book looks into making the mundane out of the extraordinary which always something that has intrigued me.

I honestly don't have much to say about this book... I like it, but it really isn't for everyone.
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