The compulsively readable memoir of a woman at warwith herself, with her body, and with foodwhile working her way through the underbelly of New York Citys 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, shes invigorated by the manic energy and knife-sharp focus of the crew. By day Hannah explores the Columbia arts scene, struggling to find her place. By night shes intoxicated by boxes of heady truffles and intrigued by the food industrys insiders. Shes hungry for knowledge, success, and love, but shes also ravenous because she hasnt eaten more than yogurt and coffee in days.Hannah is hiding an eating disorder. The excruciatingly late nights, demanding chefs, bad boyfriends, and destructive obsessions have left a void inside her that she cant fill. To reconcile her relationships with the food she worships and a body she struggles to accept, Hannahs going to have to learn to nourish her soul....
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Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen Reviews
I loved reading this book! I'm going to school to be a counselor and it was really great to read something from this perspective. Hannah's journey is so inspiring and relatable.
I loved this book. The author tells her story beautifully. I began reading fearing it might be a fluffy madcap NYC party girl with eating issues book - making light of a serious problem. But no, the author's writes so intelligently, thoughtfully, and humorously that the reader is instantly engaged in her story and struggles.
Started out cutesy but got so tiresome.
I binged on this food addiction recovery memoir up until suddenly I felt the need to purge.....which, now that I think about it, happens with me a lot when I read memoirs of any sort. I find myself thinking, "I'm not sure I would've told _that_" and/or, "Wow, how self-centered can one person be?" Um, well, duh Kristi, they're writing memoirs....Back to this book: It was very well-written and I did enjoy it up until the last few sections; I really wish I could give it 2.5 stars because of that st ...more
There is a lot to like in this honest, well-written coming-of-age memoir set in the world of high-end restaurants, eating disorder, and poorly chosen older lovers. It's a challenge to weave these disparate topics into a natural story. Sometimes the effort falters, but the book as a whole succeeds in presenting a young life fully lived and artfully reflected upon.
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 s ...more
Such a fantastic memoir. Excellent food writing, made me want to eat everything. Torturous eating disordered thinking.
This story had a lot of potentially strong elements, but it feel short in execution. The author didn't seem certain about the story she wanted to tell and so it meandered from one event to another without much overall plot or secondary character development. There were some good moments in this, but it was disappointing overall.
I couldn’t put down Hannah Howard’s painfully honest, relatable, and well-written memoir of descent into, and recovery from, eating disorders. So much of this book rang true to me, but none more than this: “I hope that if I have daughters, children, I won’t pass on this particular pain. I’m sure they will have their own problems, but I hope they see me licking a cone of gelato with joy. I hope when they look in the mirror they smile.”
Howard is wrapping up her MFA from Bennington now. I’m eager ...more