It’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).