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....
|Title||:||Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen|
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|Number of Pages||:||237 pages|
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Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen Reviews
In Feast, Hannah Howard expertly discusses the cyclical and often inescapable grips of an eating disorder. She does not go into gory detail, but nevertheless, uses language that is compelling and enables the reader to empathize with the author. Just as she is stuck in a bad relationship with food, her love life shows a similar bad cycle, which we see start to change as she addresses her food demons; this parallel shows the interconnectivity of various malignant parts of her life and how her eati ...more
Feast is a revelation for anyone who's ever looked in the mirror. Whether it was a physical mirror or a metaphorical mirror, whether you liked what you saw or you didn't, this powerful debut resonates. Howard is courageous and lyrical, her words in turn comforting and heartbreaking. Feast is full of giggles when you need them and goosebumps when you least expect them. I made the mistake of starting the book before bed and didn't fall sleep until I'd finished it—Feast is a book to devour.
Raw and heartfelt. A satisfying memoir of hunger and fulfillment, good days and bad, love and self-loathing.
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
Not a good read
Self created angst by a young woman who doesn't have a clue about what life can really dishes out to those who aren't raised by two educated and successful parents who love her. Give me a break.
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?
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.
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