A true love story, in every meaning of the word.
5 out of 5 stars
I am a huge stand-up comedy fan, judging by my other reviews – any time a comedian comes out with a book, I usually read it within the first few months of its release. Jim Gaffigan has been one of my favorite stand-up comics for a long time running. He works generally clean (but I wouldn’t call him a clean comic).
Food: A Love Story is a book about food, one of Jim’s favorite things in the world (I’m not sure if they’re above his wife and kids, but it is probably close). He talks about different foods and where he has eaten them. It is written in the format of a regular book, but could be used as a “who’s who” of food places throughout the country.
Jim is a traveling comic and has worked as one for a great deal of time, so he has collected some of the best places to get certain foods and details them to you. Including a great shout-out to a place from my hometown (Erie, PA) where he had his first ever Reuben sandwich (McGarrey’s Oakwood Cafe).
There is also a great deal of his stand-up bits within. A lot of older jokes (and some new ones) were strewn on the pages whenever he was writing about something that could use the jokes. If you are familiar with his work – this will just make you read it in his voice, which is actually really cool.
All-in-all, if you like Gaffigan, food, or just enjoying eating – this book is a funny and quick read about some of the food do’s and don’ts according to a great comic.
After checking out the book, I ended up listening to the audiobook too, and it really added some elements from it, but you miss out on the pictures that Gaffigan includes in the book.
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
Narrator: Jim Gaffigan
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Published by Random House Audio on October 21, 2014
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 is a New York Times bestselling author, comedian, actor, and executive producer of The Jim Gaffigan Show. When he is not eating in airports before flying to some city to eat and do stand-up comedy, he overeats in New York City and also lives there with his five young children and much smarter and thinner wife, Jeannie.