Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen
The compulsively readable memoir of a woman at war—with herself, with her body, and with food—while working her way through the underbelly of New York City’s glamorous culinary scene.
Hannah Howard is a Columbia University freshman when she lands a hostess job at Picholine, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan. Eighteen years old and eager to learn, she’s...more
"Life is big and scary. Food is constant, safe, dependable."
Growing up in Baltimore, Hannah Howard always loved and appreciated food—ethnic and gourmet specialties as well as comfort food. Her mother was always dieting, always trying to shed those stubborn pounds, and Hannah, who was always taller and more amply proportioned than her classmates, inherited those struggles. She wanted to be popular, to be pretty, to be able to wear different clothes, but she couldn't outrun ...more
A lot to like, but ...more
Yikes. This was excruciating. Short little (maybe?) sentences, and weird run on sentences filled this kindle first read. This is unfortunately a memoir about a sad little rich girl with an eating disorder. She continuously explains the obvious, but on the flipside, throws a million new people into or out of the story with no explanation. It reads like talking to a condescending teenager. Maybe that's acceptable because it is a memoir?
If you like watching the food channel, you will like this book. Author seems totally relatable. Great book.
Thank you to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
I do not think I am your typical demographic but your book has been read…by me, one of those older gentlemen you refer to.
There IS something about older men, as you state, but I do not know what it is.
So, young lady, let’s share.
I was looking in my diary and I noticed that about eight months ago I weighed 148 pounds and I am gushing over it in my notes. I have lost about seventeen pounds and I am proud of myself.
No one else is aware of it but as I am diminishing I am ...more
She took me on a journey inside her head, her heart, and bared her soul with such compelling generosity. Her eerily accurate descriptions of the self destructive thinking and false perceptions that come with anorexia and body dysmorphia were so much like my own experiences with these insidious disorders, it was strangely comforting.
I binged with her, purged with her, loved ...more
I love cooking and as a mother I always try to find the most organic food for my kids I want them to have a great growing and healthy lifestyle and the book has inspired me in a lot of ways to continue doing it.
I know that is so much easier to eat fast food and the thought of organic eating is harder but that is the image we create inside our gead because we ...more
That said, I just didn't love this. The writing was choppy and the story wasn't engaging. I loved the details about the food and the food service industry (Seriously was drooling while reading some bits of this). But the lack of introspection and the bizarre way she references her rape almost coldly and offhandedly, only to never mention it again, made it ...more
Dreadful read. Run on sentences and terse verbiage made for an insufferably long book that would have been better served in essay format. Because of my stubborn nature, I slogged through to the end--taking a hiatus to read something actually worth my time and energy.
Author makes reference to 'Kitchen Confidential' by Anthony Bourdain, and this book seems to be a knock-off of the same idea. Personal demons, issues with people in the restaurant industry, ill-fated loves ...more
Hannah's writing kept me turning page after page, and her honest discussion of eating disorders was eye opening. I could see the city with her eyes and taste the marvelous meals she describes. A wonderful personal journey and love letter to exquisite food.
I made the mistake of downloading this before work, reading the first chapter as I brushed my teeth and got dressed, falling into the writing style immediately. I read a few pages while filling my car with gas, and tucked beneath a blanket on the couch as soon as I got home to read the rest in one breathless rush, binging on the author's words with delight.
She writes with poetic beauty of her love for food, describing everything with such mouthwatering ...more
It's also a challenge to write in an original way about success in a 12-step program, because the success of these approaches depends ...more
It focuses more on her learning to love herself while her eating disorder takes her to many different extremes over the first 30 years of her life (until her late twenties). Other character development does not come through because the ...more
I was so intrigued by the story line and hopeful for a unique novel in this particular niche (foodie + ED). The potential for a great novel is there, but it fell completely flat. I am grasping for some redeeming qualities to give this book more than 1 star, but there are none. I pushed through and read the whole book despite wanting to quit reading numerous times. The writing is SO bad and the main character was impossible to connect with. There are ...more
Maybe the book would get better, but I gave it 50% and finally decided to cut my losses.
At first I wasn't sure I wanted to continue reading as I saw myself in as much as the desire to look model thin with a farmer's body but it turned into a lovely story beginning with Hannah in her Senior year of high school. We meet a Jewish girl with a working mother who finds cooking and feeding her family as relaxation and stress removal. Therefore Hannah loves her food but wants to be thin. She eats until she has devoured everything in sight then wishes she could ...more
I was stunned by the beauty of this memoir. The author's descriptions of her battles with anorexia, bulimia, and ...more