Food: A Love Story

Food: A Love Story

by Jim Gaffigan


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Have you ever finished a meal that tasted horrible but not noticed until the last bite?
Eaten in your car so you wouldn’t have to share with your children? Gotten hungry while watching a dog food commercial? Does the presence of green vegetables make you angry?
If you answered yes to any of the following questions, you are pretty pathetic, but you are not alone. Feast along with America’s favorite food comedian, bestselling author, and male supermodel Jim Gaffigan as he digs into his specialty: stuffing his face. Food: A Love Story is an in-depth, thoroughly uninformed look at everything from health food to things that people actually enjoy eating.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804140430
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/22/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 93,417
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

JIM GAFFIGAN is a New York Times bestselling author, comedian, actor, and executive producer of The Jim Gaffigan Show. When he is not eating in airports before flying to some city to eat and do stand-up comedy, he overeats in New York City and also lives there with his five young children and much smarter and thinner wife, Jeannie. 

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Food: A Love Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Darrold More than 1 year ago
OK, I'm a Jim Gaffigan fan. Get in line, right? I laughed out loud in several places, and some parts are not that funny. But overall, I enjoyed reading his comic thoughts about food in America and elsewhere. He is self-deprecating, makes fun of his Midwest white-bread heritage, and satirizes American eating habits. But his satire is gentle and not meant to hurt. Even if you are thin, you will recognize your inner glutton. He holds up a mirror to us and we just smile. That is why this rare G-rated comedian has so many adult fans. The photos of his kids with food and captions are hilarious. A fun, light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 9 yr old daughter and i would read this at night and crack up, it is a great way to destress and go to sleep exhasted from laughing
CarolCY More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but it didn't make me laugh out loud like "Dad is fat" did, so I am giving it 4 stars. It's still pretty irreverent and wild, I love Gaffigan's humor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot Pocket!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't agree with anything he Says about food. After the first 100 pages it seemed a bit repetitive .
WTF More than 1 year ago
I know he is supposed to be a comedian but this book is NOT funny! Not sure what the point is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BrianBeerGod More than 1 year ago
I am a huge stand-up comedy fan, judging by my other reviews – any time a comedian comes out with a book, I usually read it within the first few months of its release. Jim Gaffigan has been one of my favorite stand-up comics for a long time running. He works generally clean (but I wouldn’t call him a clean comic). This book is a book about food, one of Jim’s favorite things in the world (I’m not sure if they’re above his wife and kids, but it is probably close). He talks about different foods and where he has eaten them. It is written in the format of a regular book, but could be used as a “who’s who” of food places throughout the country. Jim is a travelling comic and has worked as one for a great deal of time, so he has collected some of the best places to get certain foods and details them to you. Including a great shout-out to a place from my hometown (Erie, PA) where he had his first ever Reuben sandwich (McGarrey’s Oakwood Cafe). There is also a great deal of his stand up bits within. A lot of older jokes (and some new ones) were strewn on the pages whenever he was writing about something that could use the jokes. If you are familiar with his work – this will just make you read it in his voice, which is actually really cool. All-in-all, if you like Gaffigan, food, or just enjoying eating – this book is a funny and quick read about some of the food do’s and don’ts according to a great comic. After checking out the book, I ended up listening to the audiobook too, and it really added some elements from it, but you miss out on the pictures that Gaffigan includes in the book. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jimmy is AWESOME!!!
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VickiLN More than 1 year ago
This is a shorter read and would make a great choice for your summer reading list. It’s a light, fun book that got me out of a reading slump. There are a lot of chapters in this book, but they are all short. I love shorter chapters because it makes it easier to put the book down when you need to do something else like cook etc. You don’t have to stop in the middle of the chapter. You can just take another minute and finish it. Here’s a list of some of the chapter titles: An Eatie, Not A Foodie Not Slim Jim Bacon: The Candy Of Meat I Need A Hero Breakfast: A Reason To Get Out Of Bed House Of Carbs Not only does Jim share his thoughts on food, we also get a glimspe of him and his family through photos. Because he does standup and travels, we get a look at his favorite foods and restaurants from different cities, and his thoughts on fast food places. I love steak, so I thought that section was really funny. “Steak is truly extraordinary. Steak has it’s own knives.  There aren’t steak restaurants. There are steakhouses. Steak gets a house. There’s no tunahouse”. This book is definitely funny, but I didn’t think it was as funny as Dad Is Fat. Maybe that was because I was more familiar with much of the stuff he talked about from his stand up comedy routines. Still, I did laugh out loud many times throughout the book. He really loves bacon, but then, who doesn’t? But he loves it so much he even has a bacon scarf! I love bacon too, but don’t know about wearing a bacon scarf! If you’re a fan of Gaffigan and haven’t read his books, I highly recommend both his books. If you’re not familiar with him, check out his books and his stand up routines. I seriously doubt you’ll be sorry you did! We can all use a bit more laughter in our lives.
LitWinner More than 1 year ago
Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. Any time I turn on the TV and one of his specials is on, I watch it, even if I’ve seen it a million times. His “Hot Pockets” routine is constantly quoted in this household, and he’s the one person I feel may actually be paler than us. So I was obviously thrilled he was coming out with a book all about food and even more ecstatic that I got to review it. I laughed out loud a lot while reading this book. A lot. To the point where my husband started getting mad and asked just what I was reading. When I told him it was Jim Gaffigan’s book, he immediately understood and left me alone. Yes, some of his material is repeated in this book, namely “Hot Pockets”. But I have to say that reading it and envisioning him doing this routine still made me laugh out loud. If you’re into Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and/or Man Vs. Food, you will really get a kick out of this book. While comedy is Gaffigan’s first job, he takes advantage of his travels around the country to partake in food tourism. He also seems to be overwhelmed by this perk of his day job. He just can’t believe his luck that he gets to travel around the country, telling jokes and eating, and gets paid for it, is even famous for it. This guy also has a lot of kids. He seems to understand that many people don’t understand how one can have so many children and addresses the situation straight off. He’s not defensive but just lays it out there while realizing that he and his wife just may be crazy, but oh well, all parents are. You may find some good parenting tips in this book, even as you drool over the delicacies (and not-so-delicacies) that Gaffigan talks about. If you are at all a fan of stand-up comedy, you really should pick up this book. If you enjoy food travel shows and have ever taken a road trip just to visit a particular establishment for a meal, you will be able to identify with Jim Gaffigan and how much he loves food. I received a copy of this book to review as part of the Blogging for Books program but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bibliophile1954 More than 1 year ago
There is nobody better than Jim Gaffigan when it comes to talking about food. Anyone familiar with with Jim's comedy knows that he is true connoisseur of all food that is bad for you. From McDonalds, to bacon, cake, and everything in between, (not to mention steakhouses, Tacos, and pizza), Jim give us an absolutely hysterical view of how important food is to him, as well as how frustrating it is to his wife Jeannie to try to to maintain healthy eating habits for him & their 5 kids. I have read hundreds of books over all these years, but I have never come across a book that had me laughing every single chapter! Us fans of Jim's comedy will notice that many of his comedy bits from his shows are also included in this book, and it's fun to see the history of how these bits developed. There are several pictures of Jim's family scattered throughout the book, and they are absolutely adorable. If you like to know what the master of eating bad can show you, there is no better one than Jim Gaffigan to lead us through the world of terrible eating habits. You will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gaffigan shares his thoughts on food and food traditions. As usual there are parts of his books that leave me almost breathless from laughing. I particularly liked his thoughts on Waffle House and eating through the year. If you enjoyed Dad is Fat, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you mean Bluegrass Middle School?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book from Jim Gaffigan is hilarious! I purchased the audio version and definitely recommend this version, as it seems like you are attending one of his stand-up shows. I found myself laughing out loud!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He's a stand-up comedy and actress! Cool! I loved it!
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Jim Gaffigan is a well known stand-up comedian and actor whose biggest claim to fame is his "Hot Pockets" routine about the frozen food item eaten mostly by drunk college students and/or lazy people with a microwave. He has written two books, Dad Is Fat, about living with his wife and five young children in a one-bedroom New York City fifth-floor walkup, and his second is Food: A Love Story, about his love affair with food. As a stand-up comic who has traveled all over the world, Gaffigan has eaten in many restaurants. When he travels on tour, he tweets to his fans, asking them where and what he should eat. This section of the book is terrific, and in addition to being very funny, it includes wonderful tips for traveling "foodies" (a term Gaffigan disdains). Gaffigan divides the United States into five major food areas- Seabugland (Northeast Coast) Eating BBQland (Southeast/Parts of Midwest) Super Bowl Sunday Foodland (Midwest/Parts of East) Steakland (Texas to Upper West) Mexican Foodland (Southwest to Texas) He is not a big fan of seafood, especially shellfish, saving particular distaste for oysters. His discussion of barbeque, which is used as "a verb, noun, and adjective and even a potato chip" is funny and informative. Gaffigan recounts how each city is proud of its own unique recipe for barbeque, and that in every Southern city he meets the same guy who says the same thing "Obama ate there, and you can get it shipped anywhere you want." He also mentions places that you can get great BBQ not in the South, with Syracuse, NY (Dinosaur BBQ) on that short list. He tells a funny story about dragging his family to a gas station in Kansas City, MO to eat at Oklahoma's Joe's, where Gaffigan joined a very long line at 11am. The line was filled with "predominantly, pudgy, balding, exhausted men in their thirties and forties," all happy to be there, though if these same men were confronted with such a long line at a grocery store to get milk or diapers, they would leave the store rather than wait for such unimportant items for their family. Another hilarious story had him following a man in Kmart, who was drinking gravy from a styrofoam cup he got in the KFC located in Kmart.  His description of the ambience of Kmart as a store that always looks like "it was just attacked by a flash mob" brought a chuckle of recognition. Food: A Love Story, had me laughing all the way through it, and as I was reading in on the treadmill (Gaffigan would disapprove of this- exercise, I mean), my fellow exercisers would look at me as if I was a little crazy. (Note: laughing while reading on a treadmill can be dangerous. If you get doubled up with laughter, you can potentially fall. Not that that almost happened to me.) Serious foodies may take offense, but Gaffigan is a comedian who has found his niche in poking fun of his eating habits, and most of us can find something to relate to in this humorous book. He also loves his family (I adored his section about taking each child individually to his favorite deli, Katz's), and I got some great ideas on where to eat. (And anyone who believes that Shake Shack has the best burgers in world is my kinda guy.) If you need a good laugh, and like to eat, (which is, like, everybody) Food: A Love Story, is for you.
beachgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Jim Gaffigan is hilarious. His description of different types of foods and why we should like or not like them and the stories about Food will leave you laughing. This book is an easy read; You can read a chapter when you have just a short break. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to laugh and loves food.
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JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
If you've ever watched any of Jim Gaffigan's comedy shows, you know he has quite the obsession with food. His bit on Hot Pockets has got to be one of his most popular rants.  After the success of his first book Dad is Fat, Jim quickly jumped into writing his latest masterpiece Food: A Love Story. This book is full of his take on food and all things food related.  From dividing the US into sections based upon their signature foods to his take on Kale, this book will have you laughing out loud ...and nodding in agreement many times. :) Reading this book is like watching one of his comedy routines, but actually having the time to digest each piece before moving on to the next (pun intended.) I enjoyed laughing my way through this book just as much as I enjoy laughing my way through his routines on DVD.  If you're a fan of Jim's comedy, this book is a must read!  Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love food and love Gaffigan's stand-up, read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this one; But, l love "dad is fat", so this one is probably great!