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
As a woman who has an eating disorder this book was an incredibly disappointing. Hannah is obsessed with food, okay great. She thinks about food all the time. She wants to be skinny and hates her body. There is no actual substance to the character nor the book nor does there actually seem to be a point to the book. In one paragraph Hannah is raped and the author goes from food to rape to food again. At no time is there any introspective look at how she feels or how this hurts her it just happens ...more
I really didnt expect to like this book as much I did. If you google books about an anorexic and bulemic girl you get over 400,000 instant hits; every woman thinks her story is unique and ofcourse it is but......
What I liked were the passages abaout the food prep, its taste, its appearance, its consumption, and the people who cook and make and sell food and all the pomp and circumstance surrounding food. She takes us "backstage" to the world of food and this is the plus of the book as opposed ...more
This was a good book. A short memoir about a woman with an ed working in the restaurant/foodie world.
There is a bit of name dropping restaurant and foodie wise as well as some talk of New York City destinations so readers really familiar with food and the hip restaurant scene in NYC would probably enjoy this book more than the layman. Still this book has a lot for the average person, especially for the person dealing with an ed.
The end chapter of course rattled on with the apparently necessary ...more
I consider myself a bit of a foodie, and someone very close to me suffers from an eating disorder, so this book had quite a bit of appeal to me from the start. From the reviews, I expected it to be more about the food and food industry, but this is really about our relationships with food, both good and bad. I appreciated the author's frank revelations and insider's view of an eating disorder. I found the narrative to be more enlightening than the many self-help type books I have read on the sub ...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
Just finished this last night (I got it from Amazon First Reads on Thursday and flew through it). This book is about Hannah, a high schooler and then a college student and then a freshly-graduated-newly-employed girl who is obsessed with food. She struggles with binging and purging, anorexia, codependency, self worth, and addiction. This book is beautiful and raw and heartbreaking and so, so real. Her writing flows like currents in a river- I was along for the ride and couldn’t stop reading.
I held off choosing Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen by Hannah Howard as my free Kindle first book due to longtime ongoing personal reasons: fighting with my own weight, a dislike of my own body, and mainly a fear that I would want to eat if I read great descriptions of food. Fortunately the other choices of the month didn't appeal to me and it was Feast or no feast at all.
I was stunned by the beauty of this memoir. The author's descriptions of her battles with anorexia, bulimia, and ...more
It would be simple and true to say that FEAST was delicious, that I devoured it in one sitting. Howard's writing about food is a sensual pleasure, and her stories about coming of age in New York and the maniacal pace of restaurant life are vivid and engrossing. But particular to this book, in this moment, is the way that Howard represents the treatment of women in the restaurant world. Simmering under the surface of this memoir about food, eating disorders, and love is Howard's candid portrayal ...more