Book Review: Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan


Food: A Love Story
Written by: Jim Gaffigan
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Month, Year: September 2015

A brief summary from the publisher, Penguin Random House:

Have you ever finished a meal that tasted horrible but not noticed until the last bite?
Eaten in your car so you wouldn’t have to share with your children? Gotten hungry while watching a dog food commercial? Does the presence of green vegetables make you angry?
If you answered yes to any of the following questions, you are pretty pathetic, but you are not alone. Feast along with America’s favorite food comedian, bestselling author, and male supermodel Jim Gaffigan as he digs into his specialty: stuffing his face. Food: A Love Story is an in-depth, thoroughly uninformed look at everything from health food to things that people actually enjoy eating.


Jim Gaffigan loves food.

I love food.

This book is about food.

So, I did the only thing logical — I read the book about food written by a lover of food for a reader of food while I was eating food.

The experience was delicious….both for my mind and my stomach as I read this book on my lunch breaks over the course of two weeks. I sheepishly admit that I even got food stains on my book; I am such a kid at times! Reading while eating is sometimes hazardous for a book’s health, but I digress –!

Food: A Love Story delves into the immense love of food held by Jim Gaffigan: hot dogs, tacos, cake, and pies – nothing is off limits. Gaffigan even divides the United States of America into sections based solely on their love of food and what each region specializes in. Obviously, I believe the Southern region is the best, but Coffeeland in the North-West sounds like an amazing place to visit again one day! Sigh. I do love me some coffee!!

This novel is witty and utterly charming, to the point that I sometimes felt myself choking on my lunch (readers beware!!) from laughing too much. While not everything in this book is fresh comedic material, Gaffigan mixes enough of the old with the new and left me thoroughly entertained. I didn’t realize this was the 2nd book he’s written, but now I’ve remedied this by adding Dad is Fat to my “want to read” list.

If you love Jim Gaffigan, food, talking bout food, or digesting food go get a copy of Food: A Love Story and begin this tantalizing adventure. I even recommend reading it while drinking a cup of joe and munching on a donut.

Happy Eating Reading!

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Drew Martin says:

    I love his standup specials, and his dramatic appearances on various Law and Orders. I think I’ll have to check out his two books.


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