Jun 012015


Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1St Edition edition (October 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0804140413
ISBN-13: 978-0804140416

“What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book.”

Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

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.


This was the May pick @ The Kitchen Reader

  10 Responses to “Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan”

  1. I enjoyed this one though there were times it felt like it was going on too long. I went the audio route and it was great. I’m glad to hear you think Dad is Fat was even better. That’s definitely on my TBR!

  2. I am a fan of Jim Gaffigan. This sounds very funny. I enjoyed your review, Vicki.

  3. This sounds like fun!

  4. I’ve read one of Jim Gaffigan’s books, but not this one. It sounds hilarious – I’ll have to ad it to my list! Thanks for the great review.

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  6. The cover is hilarious! I do like books about food…and I, too, like short chapters for that very reason.

  7. Vicki, I thought the audio was fun, but some of the humor got a bit much for me after a while.

  8. thank you for your thoughts.

  9. I agree that this book is the type that is easy to read and is a perfect summer read or airplane read because it’s so easy to put down – as you said, each chapter only takes a few minutes so you can get your amusement in quickly and decide whether you want more or got your fix. Even if not all the chapters are equally funny, it’s very quick to get through one that you might think is only ok and then get to one that does make you laugh.

  10. This one is on my list for the Foodies Reading Challenge (and will have to wait for 2016 now…). LOVE that quote about steak 🙂

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