Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen

Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen

The compulsively readable memoir of a woman at war?with herself, with her body, and with food?while working her way through the underbelly of New York City?s glamorous culinary scene. Hannah Howard is a Columbia University freshman when she lands a hostess job at Picholine, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan. Eighteen years old and eager to learn, she?s invigorated The compulsively readable memoir of a woman at war?with herself, with her body, and with food?while workin...

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Title:Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen
Author:Hannah Howard
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1503942570
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:252 pages pages

Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen Reviews

  • Len Edgerly
    Apr 18, 2018
    There is a lot to like in this honest, well-written coming-of-age memoir set in the world of high-end restaurants, eating disorder, and poorly chosen older lovers. It's a challenge to weave these disparate topics into a natural story. Sometimes the effort falters, but the book as a who...
  • laurie
    Apr 22, 2018
    I enjoyed the parts where she wrote about food ? her obviously deep understanding of and affection for it across the foodservice industry juxtaposed with her personal struggles with food addiction were really interesting and mostly well-written. Her college scene, well-done and inter...
  • Jean
    Mar 08, 2018
    I held off choosing Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen by Hannah Howard as my free Kindle first book due to longtime ongoing personal reasons: fighting with my own weight, a dislike of my own body, and mainly a fear that I would want to eat if I read great descriptions of food....
  • Michele
    Mar 26, 2018
    I couldn?t put down Hannah Howard?s painfully honest, relatable, and well-written memoir of descent into, and recovery from, eating disorders. So much of this book rang true to me, but none more than this: ?I hope that if I have daughters, children, I won?t pass on this particu...
  • Rebecca
    May 07, 2018
    This story had a lot of potentially strong elements, but it feel short in execution. The author didn't seem certain about the story she wanted to tell and so it meandered from one event to another without much overall plot or secondary character development. There were some good moment...
  • Mary Beth Faba
    Mar 05, 2018
    Just finished this last night (I got it from Amazon First Reads on Thursday and flew through it). This book is about Hannah, a high schooler and then a college student and then a freshly-graduated-newly-employed girl who is obsessed with food. She struggles with binging and purging, an...
  • Beth
    Jun 11, 2018
    This was disappointing. An anorexic who turns into a bulimic and makes bad choices. I kept wanting it to become more engaging, there was a lesson to learn, it was an interesting peek, a very short peek, in to the culinary world. ...
  • Vivien
    Mar 07, 2018
    As a woman who has an eating disorder this book was an incredibly disappointing. Hannah is obsessed with food, okay great. She thinks about food all the time. She wants to be skinny and hates her body. There is no actual substance to the character nor the book nor does there actually s...
  • Larry H
    May 02, 2018
    4.5 stars, rounded up. "Life is big and scary. Food is constant, safe, dependable." Growing up in Baltimore, Hannah Howard always loved and appreciated food?ethnic and gourmet specialties as well as comfort food. Her mother was always dieting, always trying to shed those stubb...
  • Kristi Lamont
    Mar 04, 2018
    I binged on this food addiction recovery memoir up until suddenly I felt the need to purge.....which, now that I think about it, happens with me a lot when I read memoirs of any sort. I find myself thinking, "I'm not sure I would've told _that_" and/or, "Wow, how self-centered can one ...
  • Ryan
    Apr 02, 2018
    I really struggled with this book. Why? I found a lot of it relatable. I?ve felt and thought many of the things she felt and thought. There was just a lot of it that I couldn?t get passed. I struggled with the writing style?it often felt as if I was reading a 17-year-old?s disj...
  • Elise Lashinsky
    Apr 10, 2018
    In Feast, Hannah Howard expertly discusses the cyclical and often inescapable grips of an eating disorder. She does not go into gory detail, but nevertheless, uses language that is compelling and enables the reader to empathize with the author. Just as she is stuck in a bad relationshi...
  • Caroline
    Mar 21, 2018
    Hannah's story is a familiar one. I haven't met a woman yet who says she never had an unhealthy relationship with food. The why is as varied as there are flavors of ice cream, and yet familiar: the desire to please, to be loved, to love, to find acceptance, to fill an emptiness. And ye...
  • Judith Perlin
    Mar 01, 2018
    Not a good read Self created angst by a young woman who doesn't have a clue about what life can really dishes out to those who aren't raised by two educated and successful parents who love her. Give me a break. ...
  • Sherrie
    Mar 21, 2018
    Hmmm...this was less a rating than a compromise. In the first few chapters, I was captivated. "Yes, exactly that," I thought of the perfect descriptions of food, of eating automatically, compulsively, and the loathing of self and body that follows. The inside look at restaurants and re...
  • Danielle
    Apr 09, 2018
    I really struggle reviewing memoirs because if I don't love it, it feels like a criticism of someone's life rather than the story they wrote. That said, I just didn't love this. The writing was choppy and the story wasn't engaging. I loved the details about the food and the food ser...
  • Sue King
    Mar 31, 2018
    Raw and heartfelt. A satisfying memoir of hunger and fulfillment, good days and bad, love and self-loathing. ...
  • Jennifer Solheim
    Jan 20, 2018
    It would be simple and true to say that FEAST was delicious, that I devoured it in one sitting. Howard's writing about food is a sensual pleasure, and her stories about coming of age in New York and the maniacal pace of restaurant life are vivid and engrossing. But particular to this b...
  • Hannah Manser
    Sep 10, 2018
    I felt some major issues were not addressed and felt myself almost skimming towards the end. Saying that interesting book that made me, at times, very hungry! ...
  • Dita
    Jun 15, 2018
    Started out cutesy but got so tiresome. ...
  • Kayo
    Jan 13, 2018
    Wow. An honest account of a lover of food and life. If you like watching the food channel, you will like this book. Author seems totally relatable. Great book. Thank you to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing o...
  • Ashley S
    Mar 21, 2018
    This was a KindleFirst pick. Dreadful read. Run on sentences and terse verbiage made for an insufferably long book that would have been better served in essay format. Because of my stubborn nature, I slogged through to the end--taking a hiatus to read something actually worth my tim...
  • J. Danielle Wingler
    Apr 04, 2018
    This was a good narrative and brought up many issues that women quietly struggle with on a daily basis. I have found myself in similar situations or struggling with similar thoughts even though the main character, Hannah, struggles with it in a more extreme way. It focuses more on ...
  • Jeannette Noel
    Mar 04, 2018
    Depressing Yikes. This was excruciating. Short little (maybe?) sentences, and weird run on sentences filled this kindle first read. This is unfortunately a memoir about a sad little rich girl with an eating disorder. She continuously explains the obvious, but on the flipside, throws...
  • Nancy Mendelson
    Jan 02, 2018
    Just finished reading an advance copy of Feast. Devoured it, actually. Author, Hannah Howard is a magnificent storyteller. She took me on a journey inside her head, her heart, and bared her soul with such compelling generosity. Her eerily accurate descriptions of the self destructive...
  • Kayla Peacock
    Jun 15, 2018
    This was....uh, really bad. Cringeworthy, bad. I was so intrigued by the story line and hopeful for a unique novel in this particular niche (foodie + ED). The potential for a great novel is there, but it fell completely flat. I am grasping for some redeeming qualities to give this bo...
  • Gabby
    Apr 02, 2018
    I didn't enjoy the writing style - it felt incomplete. The story also had no depth in my opinion. Everything felt too Tumblr-esque of what the site thinks of eating disorders and the people around them. And I've faced my share of issues and my families reactions, yet none seem as bad a...
  • Goth Gone Grey
    Mar 01, 2018
    Stunningly lovely, sad yet hopeful I made the mistake of downloading this before work, reading the first chapter as I brushed my teeth and got dressed, falling into the writing style immediately. I read a few pages while filling my car with gas, and tucked beneath a blanket on the c...
  • Carrie Templeton
    Aug 09, 2018
    I started the first hour of this randomly, then came back and finished in a day. The content of the story is important and needs to be discussed more freely. However the inner monologue of a young food lover who struggles with limits of that love, comes out in a very young voice. I app...
  • Chloe
    Jan 23, 2018
    Feast is a revelation for anyone who's ever looked in the mirror. Whether it was a physical mirror or a metaphorical mirror, whether you liked what you saw or you didn't, this powerful debut resonates. Howard is courageous and lyrical, her words in turn comforting and heartbreaking. Fe...