Food A Love Story is the newest book by stand-up comedian and bestselling author, Jim Gaffigan. His last book Dad Is Fat was immensely successful and was even a New York Times best seller. I haven't gotten the chance to read any of his other books, and I can't recall if I've ever seen any of his stand-up comedy. However, I wanted to read something entertaining and funny, and just by reading the description, I knew it would be.
Jim Gaffigan starts off the book with clarifying that he is not a foodie, but an eatie. He enjoys hot dogs, cheeseburgers, french fries, steak, doughnuts, bacon, cake, and ice cream. He doesn't feel the need to try any exotic food combinations, he's generally satisfied with what he's been eating, and he's not willing to go too much out of his way to find the best place to eat in town.
He also can't stand healthy food. According to him, the only thing that's worse than fruit are vegetables, and nobody is ever happy while eating a salad. If tasting horrible is an indication of something being healthy, then kale is the healthiest thing out there!
Every chapter Jim devours a different type of food. From Whole Foods to fast food, from coffee to wine, from steak to bologna, from fancy restaurants to food courts, he covers it all.
I thought this book was hilarious! I think just about everyone can relate to this book, even if you try to eat mostly healthy foods, we all know deep down we rather be eating something that actually tastes good. I don't think there's a salad on this earth that's more satisfying than a cheeseburger. However, if you don't want to have a heart attack, then it's probably a good idea to not always give into those cravings.
I love that Jim is completely honest about it all too. Yes, he eats McDonalds, and yes, he realizes that the inside of a McDonalds resembles a mental institution, the employees look miserable, and the food is so awful, you instantly regret eating it.
I also found it really admirable and refreshing that Jim can be so funny without being offensive or even using curse words. You don't even miss the crudeness, because you are too busy laughing.
*Disclosure: I received a free review copy for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.