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Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

by Rabia Chaudry
Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

by Rabia Chaudry


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“A delicious and mouthwatering book about food and family, the complicated love for both, and how that shapes us into who we are . . . I absolutely loved it!” —Valerie Bertinelli

Rabia Chaudry—known from the podcast Serial and her bestselling book, Adnan’s Story, as well as her own wildly popular podcast, Undisclosed—serves up a candid and intimate memoir about food, body image, and growing up in a tight knit but sometimes overly concerned Pakistani immigrant family.
“My entire life I have been less fat and more fat, but never not fat.” Rabia Chaudry was raised with a lot of love—and that love looked like food. Delicious Pakistani dishes—fresh roti, chaat, pakoras, and shorba—and also Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, and an abundance of American processed foods, as her family discovered its adopted country through its (fast) food.

At the same time, her family was becoming increasingly alarmed about their chubby daughter’s future. Most important, how would she ever get married? In Fatty Fatty Boom Boom, Chaudry chronicles the dozens of times she tried and failed to achieve what she was told was her ideal weight. The truth is, though, she always loved food too much to hold a grudge against it.

At once an ode to Pakistani cuisine, including Chaudry’s favorite recipes; a love letter to her Muslim family both here and in Lahore; and a courageously honest portrait of a woman grappling with a body that gets the job done but refuses to meet the expectations of others. For anyone who has ever been weighed down by their weight— whatever it is—Chaudry shows us how freeing it is to finally make peace with body we have.

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ISBN-13: 9781643750385
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 11/08/2022
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 35,429
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, advocate, podcaster, and executive producer of the four-part HBO documentary, The Case Against Adnan Syed, which was based on her New York Times bestselling book, Adnan's Story. Chaudry is also co-producer and co-host of three podcasts, Undisclosed (360 million downloads), The 45th (four million downloads) and the new The Hidden Djinn. A 2021 Aspen Institute/ADL Civil Society Fellow and a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, she serves on the Vanguard Board at the Aspen Institute. She is a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a founding board member of the Inter-Jewish Muslim Alliance and the Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, both of which focus on building Muslim-Jewish coalitions around pressing policy issues and educating across communities to break barriers. 

Table of Contents

Doodh, Dhai, Makhan: Milk, Yogurt, Butter 1

Pakoray, Shakory 27

Attay Ki Bori: A Sack of Flour 42

Jal Bin Machli: A Fish Out of Water 76

Daal May Kuch Kala: Something Black in the Daal 108

Kabab May Haddi: A Bone in the Kabab 138

Ghaans Phoos: Rabbit Food 163

Gosht Khor: Meat Eaters 188

Chawal Ki Bori: A Sack of Rice 221

Gur Naal Ishq Mithaa: A Love Sweeter than Jaggery 249

Epilogue: Goal Weight 281

Recipes 287

Acknowledgments 339

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