Monday, December 29, 2014

Food: A Love Story - Book Review

Comedian Jim Gaffigan loves food. And so he decided to write a book about it.

Is it as funny as his last book, Dad is Fat?

Uhm, YES.

Once again, it took everything in my power to not LOL while reading this book in public. I was actually reading the chapter on Subway restaurants in a Starbucks, and I just couldn't hold it in. I kept laughing through my nose AND I started crying tears of laughter. I might have looked even weirder than the lady sitting across from me at the table who was putting on her makeup.

I loved the inclusion of personal photos sprinkled throughout this book. And even though some of the material in the book was recognizable from Gaffigan's stand-up routines, it was still so very, very funny. (Yes, even the bit about Hot Pockets. Again.)

What I love about Gaffigan is that he's basically saying what everyone is thinking but are too chicken to say or just don't want to admit terrible things about themselves. It's all so true!

Yes, grits is delicious. But you do have to add a slab of butter and a pound of salt to it. (I'm not sure about the thirty candy canes, but whatever floats your boat.)

St. Louis' toasted ravioli even gets a mention!

And then there's the bit about American cheese. I'm so glad to find someone else who detests American cheese. As Gaffigan says in a letter to Kraft, "You say in your commercials there is some part of a glass of milk in every slice. Is it the glass?"

If you like to laugh and you like reading about food and you like your comedy smart, clever, and relatively clean, then this is the book for you.

Food: A Love Story is published by Crown Archetype and is available on bookstore shelves now. I received a free review copy through the Blogging for Books program for my honest review.

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