Good Enough to Eat

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The last thing Melanie expected to lose when she went on a diet was her husband.

Former lawyer Melanie Hoffman lost half her body weight and opened a gourmet take-out café specializing in healthy and delicious food. Then her husband left her-for a woman twice her size. Immediately afterwards, she's blindsided by a financial crisis. Melanie reaches out to a quirky roommate with a ton of baggage and becomes involved in a budding romance with a ...

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Overview


The last thing Melanie expected to lose when she went on a diet was her husband.

Former lawyer Melanie Hoffman lost half her body weight and opened a gourmet take-out café specializing in healthy and delicious food. Then her husband left her-for a woman twice her size. Immediately afterwards, she's blindsided by a financial crisis. Melanie reaches out to a quirky roommate with a ton of baggage and becomes involved in a budding romance with a local documentary filmmaker.

In this warm and often laugh-out-loud novel, Melanie discovers that she still has a lot to learn about her friends, her relationships with men, and herself-and that her weight loss was just the beginning of an amazing journey that will transform her life from the inside out..

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Publishers Weekly
Melanie Hoffman and her husband Andrew have been happily married for almost 10 years but when Melanie slims down to a trim size 6 after once tipping the scale at 290 pounds, her hubby leaves her for another chubby lady. Now divorced, the 39 year-old finds solace in her successful Chicago restaurant serving healthy gourmet fare. She has a small support group there consisting of her energetic, gay sous chef, Kai, a ballsy part-time cook, Delia, and her new roomie, a 24-year-old whimsical vagabond named Nadia. As Melanie slowly sweeps up the crumbs of fallen love, she finds Nathan and the handsome documentary filmmaker helps her overcome her body image issues. Ballis's (The Spinster Sisters) use of the enjoyment of cooking and eating as a continuous theme with featured recipes in the back is a nice addition, but the heart of her book lies within the jagged mind of Melanie and her daily struggle that most women, fat or thin, endure. Women will savor the brutal honesty of how Melanie sees her body, her battles with food, her failed marriage, and her fear of new love. (Sept.)
Yvonne Zipp
Ballis captures an overeater's complicated relationship with food: Loving descriptions of dinner parties are interspersed with Melanie's memories of her cherished Easy Bake oven and paeans to mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425229637
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 246,500
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacy Ballis is the author of six foodie novels: Inappropriate Men, Sleeping Over, Room For Improvement, The Spinster Sisters, Good Enough to Eat, and Off the Menu. She is a contributing author to three non-fiction anthologies: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, and Living Jewishly. She is currently at work on two new works of full-length fiction for Berkley/Penguin. She was an educator for over fifteen years in Chicago including teaching high school English in the Chicago Public Schools and serving as Director of Education and Community Programs for Goodman Theatre for seven seasons before pursuing a full-time career in writing and consulting.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Fun, easy read

    I enjoyed reading it, but there was not too much excitement, and not really any big laughs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Good Enough to Eat

    This book was a great summer read. The characters were not intense and the story line was easygoing. I was a tad bit disappointed at the end of the story. The recipes at the end were a good touch too. I liked this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    What? This was a good book?

    I, too, read this book based on Jen Lancaster'sa t recommendatiin and was very disappointed! The writing is is okay, but the characters were so sickeningly nice to each other. Plus all of the long, advice filled passages drove me nuts! The story was very predictable and wrapped up too neatly for me. I read the whole thing because I kept thinking it would get better....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Awesome read

    The best part about this book is that the characters seem real and the storyline believable. Well written, not to mention the recipies. Will definately read her books afain.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Way more than Good enough to read, cook, and share-LOVED IT

    I also purchased this based on Jen Lancaster's reccomendation and was not disappointed! Beautifully written, fun quirky lovable characters, and what look like delicious recipes- BONUS!

    Wednesday nights with Stennifer sound like a blast! Can't wait to read more! Jen

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    easy, fun & quick read!

    picked this book because jen lancaster recommended it ... enjoyed it and read it in a day! i will definitely check out other books by stacey.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    An inspirational novel for those of us who fight the battle of the bulge!

    Good Enough To Eat was a very realistic portrayal that millions of women can relate to. Ms. Ballis was honest. Just because an obese person loses weight, does not mean that they do not struggle every minute of every day against their cravings. It was great to see that communicated in a book like this one. The story is well written and one that can even be seen as inspirational to those of us who fight the battle daily. And have no fear, those of you who enjoy cooking can find the recipes for everything mentioned at the back of the book.

    http://charlotteswebofbooks.blogspot.com/2010/09/136good-enough-to-eat-by-stacey-ballis.html

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

    This book will feed your soul

    I've been a fan of Stacey Ballis for years, and I was absolutely enchanted by her latest novel. I'm uncomfortable labeling this book as "chick lit" because it has a more serious undertone. The story remains enticing and enchanting, with complex characters that keep you piqued throughout. This book also contains some fabulous recipes that you really should try!
    Two thumbs up for the book and recipes. Bon Appetit!

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Warm and delicious!

    Stacey Ballis is a rare writer - one who captures today's women in thoughts, feelings, and pop culture! Reading her books is like meeting a new friend. In "Good Enough to Eat," the story centers around Melanie and her life after it appears she is about to crash and burn. I don't want to give anything away, all I can say is READ IT! Melanie's friends, her business, her travels, her experiences are memorable (funny and touching and REAL). If this is the first Stacey Ballis book you read, be prepared to spend the afternoon with your new best friend! If you already read Stacey, you know you are in for a treat!

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