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Food: A Love Story por Jim Gaffigan
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Food: A Love Story (edição 2014)

por Jim Gaffigan (Autor)

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""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?""--… (mais)
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Título:Food: A Love Story
Autores:Jim Gaffigan (Autor)
Informação:Crown Archetype (2014), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
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There were moments in this book that were laugh out loud funny and other moments that elicited a "huh?" response from me. I got it - lets laugh at ourselves as we consume vast quantities of fast food. I kept thinking "Is Jim Gaffigan really THAT addicted to fast food?" Then again, I also now have such a craving for McDonald's that I will definitely be going there this week. Thank you, Hot Pockets. I haven't been to the golden arches in years.

I'd like to make a few observations about this book.

1. Jim is so right about cake being celebratory and pie being for funerals. The most astute chapter in the book.

2. We always say the Denver airport is in Kansas but it's not a stretch to say it's in Missouri.

3. Loved the cup of gravy chapter.

4. How can anyone dislike seabugs????

5. Thanks, Jim. I used to really like Subway. (I can tell Jared still had the good guy persona when this was published.)

6. Yep, totally a Whole Foods plot to make us eat kale.

7. Memories of my Dad charring the steaks on the charcoal grill when I was young, followed with the ubiquitous A1 sauce. I almost got A1 as my personalizd plates when I got my first car. Sadly, those letters were already taken.

8. I've despaired of the line at Voodoo Doughnuts (or rather, my husband has) and walked away. I'm apparently on the edge of becoming a psychopath but Jim, they're not THAT good!

So, my prior comments aside, this book was almost too long. The "fast food that's so awful I can't stop eating it" theme got old. Does this guy realky love junk food that much? Who eats like this?

But I do agree that Brussels sprouts are God's cruel joke on mankind. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan is a very highly recommended hilarious book about, well, loving food and a culinary tour, of sorts, across the USA.

As Gaffigan points out: “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." Cheeseburgers and bacon are high on the list, for obvious reasons, but that is a starting point for what Gaffigan loves. He makes it quite clear that he loves to eat, eats basically all the time, thinks about food constantly, and is ready to share his informed opinion about what he likes to eat across the USA. The Geography of American Food according to Gaffigan is: Seabugland; Eating BBQland; Super Bowl Sunday Foodland; Mexican Foodland; Wineland; Coffeeland; Food Anxietyland.

He also makes it clear in a humorous way what he doesn't enjoy. "Ten years ago nobody ate kale. Then someone (probably a kale farmer or Satan) discovered that kale had some health benefits, and off kale went. Now we are in the middle of a full-fledged kale trend or, as I call it, a kale epidemic." Kale is just one of the foods that are a no-go for him and he is entertaining while he covers what he doesn't like as much as what he likes.

This is my first Gaffigan book and I quite enjoyed the clean comedy, the inclusion of his wife and children in the stories, and that it is an entertaining lighthearted book about the foods he loves. Admittedly, I approached reading it with a bit of trepidation after recent not funny political comments from him, but this was written years before that and was great escapism during a trying time. I found myself laughing or chuckling throughout the whole book. I'm going to leave with two quotes: "There are some people who don’t like ketchup. I think they are called losers." and something that needs to be made into one of those inspirational wall plaques, "I mostly eat ice cream at night in sweatpants, the uniform of ice cream eating."

http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2020/12/food-love-story.html
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3674718698 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Dec 2, 2020 |
Hilarious! This was a family listen for the summer and we could all appreciate Gaffigan's observations about food and eating. The author read it himself which made it feel a little like our minivan was a mini stand-up comedy stage -- we supplied the laughter. Gaffigan clearly loves food, though he is not an esoteric gourmand. Instead he loves cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and all manner of unhealthy fare. His main schtick is a tour of the US by food region: Midwest is Super Bowl Sunday Foodland, the Southwest is Mexican Foodland, the Southeast is Barbecueland etc. Funny stuff. Gaffigan also riffs on airplane/airport food, family dinner, fast food chains, all peppered with lots of self-deprecating humor. A few swear words and some sexual innuendo that missed its mark, but mostly clean and entertaining for my 11 and 13 year old kids. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Some pretty funny stuff, quite a bit of it I've heard before in his stand-up, mixed in with some more serious stuff about food he loves and food he hates. If you're familiar with his live specials, you'll likely hear his voice in parts of this book. Some great pictures too, amazed he looks like himself even as a kid. One question--he mentions that his wife wrote the book with him, so why doesn't appear on it anywhere? ( )
  unclebob53703 | Oct 3, 2020 |
Jim Gaffigan is hilarious. He discusses all things food in his own comedic way. From his views on hot pockets to ketchup to fast food places, you'll be laughing all the way through. ( )
  tami317 | Aug 20, 2020 |
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""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?""--

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