Born Round by Frank Bruni
Frank Bruni was ALWAYS hungry. He was born that way. His mother cooked amazing meals and loved having people over to enjoy them. If food was eaten in full of one of something left, Franks mom felt as though she had not made enough.
Bottom line was Frank enjoyed eating. he had an epic appetite that later would serve him well as a restaurant critic for the New York Times. Totally in love with his job, Frank had to learn how to deal with his long time love hate relationship with food. What followed was yo yo dieting, and dealing with a painful lifelong addiction to food.
I had heard this audio was pretty good…. and as a self-confessed foody (oh yes… I do love food!) I though it would be an interesting listen. The draw to this audio for me was that I found it interesting that someone like Frank who battled his weight all of his life – would take on a job as a food critic for The New York Times.
Frank, who reads this audio himself, tells an honest portrayal of diet pill abuse, over eating and then working out like a mad man…. going from one extreme ( a hiking adventure that is pretty extreme causing him to lose extreme weight) to another ( refusing dessert at a restaurant but them stopping on the way home for not only a piece of his favorite dessert – but the whole dessert!).
At times I felt the audio was getting long with tale after tale of food event, job, weight battles…. and just about then – frank would come in with a little “comic relief” and share about how many times when critiquing food he would mix up his alias names he used for reservations… or his denial about his pants being tight (certainly it was the cut of the pant… obviously the company has changed that…. or the old shrinkage in the dryer story…)
In the end – the book was satisfying – neither leaving me hungry, or full. I enjoyed learning a little about Frank Bruni.
This review is part of the Weekend Cooking meme at Beth Fish Reads
Interested in this audio? Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite food to go out for is, and I will have a drawing next week and choose one of the comments using random.org as the winner and I will mail you this audio.
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