It was no sooner than I was telling my husband that I can never find the time to sit down with a good book, then Omaha Steaks contacted me and asked if I would review Jim Gaffigan’s book Food: A Love Story. Well, let’s see, I love to read, I love food, and I may have a bit of a crush on Jim Gaffigan. What can I say, I like funny guys who have similar interests to me.
Now that I’ve had my way with this book it’s time for me to spill it. All the details about this love story, and I think you’re going to like it. Alright, pull up a chair and grab your favorite beverage. This is one relationship you need to hear about.
Let’s start with the book basics, then we’ll get to the juicy stuff.
- Title: Food: A Love Story
- Author: Jim Gaffigan
- Published: 2014
- Publisher: Crown Archetype
- Also by Jim Gaffigan: Dad is Fat
That’s right, this isn’t the first masterpiece by Gaffigan.
I know, I promised you the juicy stuff. You may not have realized it, but when I said juicy stuff, I meant food. Food is the star of Food: A Love Story, if you hadn’t guessed by both the title and the giant hot dog and wedding cake plastered on the front cover. I suppose some people might have the notion to think this was a fantasy novel about a real love affair with food. This is a close assumption, but really this is a true, non-fiction, Gaffigan guided tour through his own love affair with food. I’m still not entirely sure how his wife feels about this love affair, but he mentions her several times and it seems she sticks with him through the end and that makes me happy. Wait, should I not have given out that spoiler? Alright, he may have done that himself by dedicating the entire book to her, and a beautiful dedication it was.
As I was reading through Food: A Love Story, I realized a few things. First, Gaffigan writes as though he were doing his stand up comedy. I couldn’t help but read his words in his voice, and I know I pictured him up on stage entertaining a crowd, all of whom were enjoying whatever food he was talking about. Well, maybe they weren’t enjoying it? As with every love story, there are ups and downs in the relationship.
Second, each chapter is stand alone. This was the love/hate portion of the book I had. It was hard for me to get into the book to read it straight through because there isn’t a chronological story taking place in this book. Each chapter focuses on a different type of food, a different region, even different ways we enjoy our food from eating out, to ordering food online, even the family dinner. It’s easy to scan through the list of chapters to find something you want to read about, and take a quick timeout to read it. It’s your choice, read it straight through or jump around, it works either way.
Third, this is one of those books that bring out the emotions. Ok, it did for me. I laughed, I cried, sometimes I screamed with vehement disagreement. This may be just me, but I think I may have a similar love for food as Gaffigan, which is why I loved this book so much. On occasion I was agreeing with his every word with a big cheesy grin on my face. Often I was laughing because he brought up a point about food I’d never considered. Crying? Yep, there was more than one occasion where I was so into the book I thought Mr. Gaffigan had eaten all the food and it made me sad, then my husband called me for dinner and a flood of relief flowed over me. As for vehement disagreement, well he takes a stand on some foods that I just can’t get behind. No matter what he says I will always love my seabugs! Though he redeems himself when he talks about ordering his meat online. Omaha Steaks really is da bomb. It’s no wonder he orders from them. I’m lucky enough to live in Omaha so I can just drop by their store front when I run out of steak.
Overall I thought Food: A Love Story is a great book. It’s perfect to pick up anytime you need a laugh and just start reading. There is no storyline to remember, so it’s always good and always relevant. Food is always relevant. I loved how Gaffigan brought us into his world of food. He gave us insights into his family, his past both through personal stories and personal family pictures. Because he travels frequently he is able to give us a fantastic view of food around the United States, and though I don’t agree with him on all points, he does give all the juicy details about his love affair with food.
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