Book Review | Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Book Review | Food: A love story by Jim GaffiganIt’s funny how books influence you. One minute I’m hyper attentive to everything I’m eating for health’s sake. The next moment (after finishing Food: A Love Story) I’m hyper attentive to everything I’m eating because I LOVE FOOD.

And I’m okay with that.

Jim Gaffigan is the guy who rocketed to fame on the strength of his “Hot Pockets” routine. I doubt he expected it to be so popular, or to have total strangers singing renditions of the jingle to him in random places. But he owns it, he’s grateful for it, and with Food: A Love Story, he expands on it, as well as a lot of other favorite (and not so favorite) foods. We listened to an audio version of Gaffigan reading his book to us on a family road trip to the northwest and back, and all I wanted to do is pull over and find a good steak. Or a bagel. Or fries. Or cake. Or…well, or whatever he was lavishly describing at the moment.

Did I say lavishly? I mean hilariously, because the book is a hoot and a holler. Gaffigan knows how to make me laugh and I will gladly listen to or read anything he writes (though I’d rather listen, because it’s far funnier to hear it in his own voice).

Food: a love story Book Cover Food: a love story
Jim Gaffigan
Crown Archetype
October 21, 2014

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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Daniel Burton lives in Salt Lake County, Utah, where he practices law by day and everything else by night. He reads about history, politics, and current events, as well as more serious genres such as science fiction and fantasy. You can also follow him on his blog where he muses on politics, the law, books and ideas.