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Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen

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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ISBN : 9781503942578
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 252 pages
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Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen Reviews

  • Amy

    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
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  • Nancy Mendelson

    Just finished reading an advance copy of Feast. Devoured it, actually. Author, Hannah Howard is a magnificent storyteller.

    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
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  • booksandcarbs

    Feast is easy to read and her food descriptions didn't make me want to poke my eyes out (which is usually how I feel about too much food description). Sometimes her poor choices were frustrating to read about, but kudos to her for getting her sh*t together.

  • Gretchen

    Such a fantastic memoir. Excellent food writing, made me want to eat everything. Torturous eating disordered thinking.

  • Kayo

    Wow. An honest account of a lover of food and life.

    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.

  • Afoma Umesi

    Feast is Hannah Howard's memoir and her journey to finding a balance between her love of food and love of self. Hannah's love of food is honestly infectious (especially if you already love food). She writes about food through eyes of love and every meal in this book is sumptuous and enticing.

    The heavier portions of this book focus on her eating disorder, a combination of anorexia and bulimia; weeks of starvation followed by binges. She also details her career in restaurants and what is nearly a
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  • J. Danielle Wingler

    This was a good narrative and brought up many issues that women quietly struggle with on a daily basis. I have found myself in similar situations or struggling with similar thoughts even though the main character, Hannah, struggles with it in a more extreme way.

    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 m
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  • Elise Lashinsky

    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