What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories

"Fascinating." Moira Hodgson, Wall Street Journal ?Mouthwatering.??Eater.com A beloved culinary historian?s short takes on six famous women through the lens of food and cooking?what they ate and how their attitudes toward food offer surprising new insights into their lives. Everyone eats, and food touches on every aspect of our lives?social and cultural, personal and politic "Fascinating." Moira Hodgson, Wall Street Journal ?Mouthwatering.??Eater.com A belov...

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Title:What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories
Author:Laura Shapiro
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:307 pages pages

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories Reviews

  • cat
    Sep 24, 2017
    You would think that this would be a slam dunk of a book for me. Six women's lives told through the food they prepared and ate? Hells to the yes. And I did enjoy most of the book - reading with far more interest than could have been anticipated about the ways that food detailed the lif...
  • J.M. Cornwell
    Jul 15, 2017
    Laura Shapiro delves into lives of six famous women, many of whom are known to history even here in the 21st century. Beginning with Dorothy Wordsworth, the sister of the poet Wordsworth and their early lives together. Dorothy thinks more of her brother than of herself, reminding her b...
  • Leah
    Oct 30, 2017
    Six women, six approaches to food and diet. Two of these histories were quite sad--Dorothy Wordsworth and Eleanor Roosevelt--whose diets reflect the sense of betrayal they felt. For two of the women--Eva Braun (who was Frau Hitler for the last day of her life) and Helen Gurley Brown--w...
  • Brenda
    Sep 12, 2017
    This is a book about what 6 women in history ate. Dorothy Wordsworth, sister of poet William Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, a female chef in England, which was rare in her time, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Hitler's mistress until they married shortly before their suicides, and Barbara Pym, ...
  • Sonya
    Jan 31, 2018
    This was an okay read. I loved the premise but the book didn't live up to my expectations. There wasn't as much about food as I expected. It was more like short bios on six women, several of whom I had no knowledge of prior to reading the book. ...
  • Alicia
    Dec 19, 2017
    "Whether or not we spend time in a kitchen, whether or not we even care what's on the plate, we have a relationship with food that's launched when we're born and lasts until we die." "It turns out that our food stories don't always honor what's smartest and most dignified about us. ...
  • Karen Witzler
    Jul 25, 2017
    Very enjoyable. An assemblage of almost randomly chosen women from literature and history whose stories are retold by a gifted food writer. Intellectually lively and historically interesting with each section just the right length for my bedtime reading. I confess I read the section on...
  • Bucket
    Oct 13, 2017
    This is the sort of book -- micro-history-ish -- that I'm often excited about but ultimately disappointed by. Not the case here. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the author accomplished her premise. She sets out to bring insight to our understanding of six women through how they ...
  • Libby
    Aug 20, 2017
    Oh what a hard review to write. I expected to love this book, especially after reading the excellent, even exciting, introduction. We were going to read about six fascinating women and their food stories, what they cooked, how they grocery shopped, what they ate! Always my favorite par...
  • Jo
    Jan 18, 2018
    Interesting but hugely inconsistent. There was no thread that tied the women together, they seemed chosen totally at random. The section on Eva Braun was particularly random, weak, mostly about Hitler and failed to grapple with the huge issues at hand in a satisfying way. The section o...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jul 13, 2017
    Review soon. ...
  • Sarah Swann
    Aug 18, 2017
    This was middle of the road for me. I enjoyed 3 of the 6 stories and ended up having to DNF the last story about Helen Gurley Brown. I couldn't read anymore about how her mindframe was "be skinny, no matter the cost." I really enjoyed Eleanor Roosevelt's story and the one about Eva Bra...
  • Susan
    Jan 14, 2018
    ?If I eat I feel guilty. And I?d rather feel hungry.? The above is a quote from one of the six women featured in this book ? Helen Gurley Brown, editor of ?Cosmopolitan,? for over thirty years. It helps highlight the difficult, complicated relationship, that so many wome...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Aug 02, 2017
    What She Ate is a biography of six famous, infamous, or just plain interesting women told through the food they ate. Subjects include Dorothy Wordsworth; an 19th century caterer; Eleanor Roosevelt; Eva Braun; author Barbara Pym; and Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan. Since I...
  • Sarah
    Jan 09, 2018
    This was a really enjoyable read, and quite a bit more interesting than I first thought. Laura Shapiro knows how to bring life to her topic, which was needed in the case of some of the women she picked. For example I almost felt like the essay on Eva Braun was more an excuse to talk a...
  • Michelle
    Jan 30, 2018
    This should have been such a great book! The concept was wonderful, but the writing style interfered with the story telling way too much. Also, the author seemed to keep losing the thread of where she was going with each story. She'd start in on the woman's story and then very mechanic...
  • Ashwini
    Aug 27, 2017
    Laura Shapiro's "What She Ate" was my introduction to culinary history as a genre, and to a brand of feminism so timless that I kinda hate myself for not thinking about food as a legitimate angle to telling the stories of women, earlier. Hell! Everyone has a "food story". But historica...
  • K
    Oct 05, 2017
    A pretty darn good little book about 6 wildly different women and their relationships with food. Shapiro manages to cover the important aspects of these women's lives while weaving her theme of food throughout. Interestingly, the afterword, where she reveals a bit of her own well exami...
  • Katie
    Sep 16, 2017
    I loved the concept of this book, that we can learn about people through the food they eat, and how they interact with and talk or write about food. I wonder if food biography is a genre, not food memoir, but biography. I'd love to learn about more people through their food. ...
  • Stephanie
    Oct 23, 2017
    What an inventive mind Laura Shapiro has! In "What She Ate" Shapiro takes us to six different cultures and times via six extraordinary women and what they cooked and consumed: Dorothy Wordsworth, 1771-1855; Rosa Lewis, 1867-1952; Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962; Eva Braun, 1912-1945; Barb...
  • Elaine
    Mar 30, 2018
    I almost didn't finish this book. Chapter one was dreary and depressing despite the author clearly hinting to a possible incestuous relationship between the topic of the chapter and her brother. The second chapter was a bit better and the third was significantly better and that pattern...
  • Lynne
    Dec 21, 2017
    A somewhat dry look at an interesting topic. Worth a listen due to the historical aspect but not really about what the women ate. From a foodie perspective it?s a bit disappointing. ...
  • Lara
    Feb 20, 2018
    Interesting biographical perspective and an affectionate, intimate writing voice that makes the characters come to life. I applaud Eleanor Roosevelt for getting revenge on FDR three meals per day, Hollywood needs to make a biopic of Rosa Lewis, I need to read some Barbara Pym, and Hele...
  • Julie
    Feb 01, 2018
    Genius! Biographies are tough as an author tries to get to the heart of who someone was. I've often said that if you want to know what someone believes of the world and their place in it, you could do worse than to look at their dinner plate. One's politics, religion, and self-worth ar...
  • Kayo
    Aug 17, 2017
    I thought this would be a totally different book. It wasn't that interesting and I couldn't care less about most of her 6 subject. Very disappointing. It could have been great. ...
  • Anne
    Aug 07, 2017
    I had a hard time getting through this book, and I'm not sure why. The author had a great idea for a book, and she wrote a fairly interesting book. However, the two were not the same. Perhaps if she had titled the book "What She Served" that would have been more accurate. Even in the A...
  • Michelle
    Feb 07, 2018
    No. I did not like this book. I started off saying "Well it's kind of interesting, in a sort of boring history class kind of way," but by mid-book, I had given up the optimism. What's the problem? First, the title: What SHE ate. Not what HE ate, not what she DIDN'T eat. And the majo...
  • Roman Clodia
    Jan 09, 2018
    You never just eat. No matter how hungry you are, it's never just food. In this vastly entertaining book, Shapiro uncovers the 'food stories' of six women: from Dorothy Wordsworth who cooked for her brother as if she were his wife, to Helen Gurley Brown who might gush about food but...
  • Kathy
    Nov 29, 2017
    Maybe 2 1/2. It just wasn't that rivetting on the whole and I felt like the food was a stretch to connect the women. I agree there could be a "psychology" of food that could be really interesting, but she doesn't really explore that. Seemed there were a lot of irrelevancies. All I can ...
  • Danae Hudlow
    Jan 05, 2018
    I?m not much for writing book reviews, so this is probably breaking some rule, but I?m going to cut right to the chase: I adored this book. For a foodie, this book was pure joy. For a history lover, even more so. From the beginning, Shapiro piqued my interest with the assertion...