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 love books that take you behind the doors of restaurant kitchens. Hannah works in kitchens and restaurants and even in Fairway grocery stores, all the while battling an eating disorder. It's in interesting juxtaposition, the loving descriptions of the food and the restaurant world up against her binge eating/starving herself.
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 ...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
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.
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
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.
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