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Food: a Love Story

by Jim Gaffigan

Rated: Mild

I love food. I love to laugh. And, yeah, I kind of like Jim Gaffigan’s humor. All that adds up to a “yeah, I guess I’ll pick up the audio version of his new book” mentality.

There’s really not much to say about this book beyond that it’s hilarious and a lot of fun to listen to. Gaffigan isn’t a foodie (he’s an “eatie”), so there really aren’t luscious descriptions of making food or recipes (there is one — how to make a hot dog —  and it’s quite hilarious) or how food changes lives. No, I imagine it’s just a series of stand-up bits (which is why I think this works better in audio. Plus he does voices, which ends up adding to the humor) based on Gaffigan’s love of eating … everything.

Some highlights: the chapter on steak, or desserts, or breakfast foods, or on bacon. He hates vegetables and thinks kale is the worst thing ever. It’s really an every-person’s (read: non-food snob) tribute to the joy of eating. And the only downside? I often got hungry while I was listening to it.

Enjoyable, to say the least.

Rated: Mild, for a few instances of mild swearing.

— Reviewed by Melissa Fox

Melissa Madsen Fox's blogging career began in 2004 when she started Book Nut. Reading, reviewing and book blogging have taken over what's left of her life after being a stay-at-home mom to four rambunctious daughters and wife to a slightly- absent-minded professor of political science.

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  • Food: a Love Story
  • by Jim Gaffigan
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Nonfiction
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