This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World by Marisa Meltzer
biography / food / history / memoir / nonfiction / review

This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World by Marisa Meltzer

This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World is sort of a memoir hybrid with Meltzer exploring the history of Weight Watchers though the lens of her lifelong battle with her weight. While she is very honest about how much she doesn’t like her body, the negative attention it attracts, her … Continue reading

I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington
essays / food / nonfiction

I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington

Apparently, I’ll Have What She’s Having is based on a series of articles Rebbeca Harrington wrote in New York Magazine. That explains the choppiness and length of the chapters; they must have just compiled them and bound them. The premise of the book is cute, she tries various celebrity diets and reports back. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

The Satanic Mechanic: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew
fiction / food / mystery

The Satanic Mechanic: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew

The  Tannie Maria mysteries are one of my all-time favorite mystery series. That’s really saying something because I have read literally thousands of mysteries over the years. The Satanic Mechanic was a lot of fun and a little less gruesome than the first book in the series which involved some unfortunate wildlife poaching scenes. The … Continue reading

Let Me Eat Cake: A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and a Pinch of Salt by Leslie F. Miller
food / nonfiction

Let Me Eat Cake: A Celebration of Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Vanilla, Baking Powder, and a Pinch of Salt by Leslie F. Miller

I wish I liked this book. The concept was certainly compelling–a book celebrating cakes rather than simply being about making them–but ultimately it fell flat. I think what put me off was how the author kept switching back and forth between personal memories (occasionally not cake related, she writes at length about her mother and … Continue reading