Feed Me!: Writers Dish about Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image

Feed Me!: Writers Dish about Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image

by Harriet Brown
     
 

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In our appearance-obsessed society, eating is about much more than hunger and sustenance. Food inspires pleasure and anxiety, shame and obsession. We are constantly judged on how we look, so we’ve come to judge ourselves (and others) on what and how we eat.

These evocative essays, from some of the most talented and popular writers working today, tackle this

Overview

In our appearance-obsessed society, eating is about much more than hunger and sustenance. Food inspires pleasure and anxiety, shame and obsession. We are constantly judged on how we look, so we’ve come to judge ourselves (and others) on what and how we eat.

These evocative essays, from some of the most talented and popular writers working today, tackle this universal subject with humor, longing, and compassion. Joyce Maynard writes about learning to make pie with her complex but adored mother. Caroline Leavitt’s chilling piece describes the overlap between power and eating. Ophira Edut explains how an outspoken “body outlaw” wound up on Jenny Craig. Diana Abu-Jaber writes about abandoning her Bedouin customs for America’s silverware and table manners–and missing the physical, hands-on connection with food.

Exploring the bonds between appetite and remorse, hunger and longing, satisfaction and desire, this anthology is for every woman who’s ever felt guilty about eating dessert, or gushed over a friend’s weight loss, or wished she had a different body.

Editorial Reviews

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“Amazing . . . will break your heart even as it makes you cackle with laughter, leading you into a more joyful and healthy relationship with your body.”
–Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia

“For every woman who has ever (a) hated her body, (b) stepped on a scale more than once a day, (c) cried in a dressing room, or (d) all of the above, a funny and heartbreaking collection of essays about the tyranny of thinness. Though you could buy roughly four Entenmann’s cakes for the cover price, this book could actually fill you up.”
–Betsy Lerner, author of Food and Loathing

“These fascinating stories reveal the complexity of eating: the joy and misery, the acceptance and rejection, the nurturing and deprivation, the connection and isolation.”
–Ellyn Satter, author of Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family

“These diverse tales of humiliation, survival, and acceptance of the most personal and shameful of body dramas are palatable and poignant. . . . I devoured the book!”
Nancy Redd, author of Body Drama

Publishers Weekly
Brown's wide-ranging essay collection about women's relationships with food is more than the sum of its parts, making an effective cross-section of modern Western attitudes toward eating. Those essays regarding eating disorders, such as anorexic Caroline Leavitt's moving account of the criticism and verbal jabs leveled at her by her fiancée and his family, are thoughtful and well-written, but suffer from a plodding sameness; a few border on melodrama. Essays from a ballerina and a model may confirm some stereotypes, but Ann Hood's account of the Draconian measures that ensure flight attendants conform to a body ideal is sure to inspire simmering outrage. The real gems come in frank, often comical accounts of growing up with unorthodox food practices: Kathi Kamen Goldmark's story of her health-obsessed parents, and the culinary chaos that ensued when Kathi was left on her own in the real world, is enlightening and entertaining. Conversely, Rochelle Jewel Shapiro details her family's more troubling obsession with eating as quickly as possible, inspired by her father's brutal experience under the threat of Cossacks. This hit-and-miss collection, taken as a whole, has a comforting, important message for anyone with food issues: you're not alone.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345500885
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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