Food: A Love Story

In Food: A Love Story, Jim Gaffigan talks about his adoration of all sorts of food, from steak to bratwurst to doughnuts. His commentary is written in a style reminiscent of Dave Barry, and fans of Gaffigan’s stand-up routine will appreciate his comic timing and unique writing style.

A nice touch in the book is the inclusion of photographs of Gaffigan’s children, eating different food dishes. Though Gaffigan does not talk about his family as much as he did in his previous book, Dad is Fat, he still gives interesting food-related anecdotes about his parents, siblings, wife, and children.

Gaffigan has a love for meat and junk food, so vegetarians and health-conscious people may not be that crazy about Gaffigan’s raving of beef or (faux) mocking of kale. Or, veggie lovers and health nuts may actually embrace Gaffigan’s jokes, since behind his comedic front of favoring taste over nutrition, Gaffigan is a (somewhat) health-minded person.

Some of my favorite moments in the book were when Gaffigan analyzed popular chain eateries such as Waffle House, and food products such as Hot Pockets. It was also interesting to read about the effect that Gaffigan’s “Hot Pockets” comedy routine had on his overall career. The only major problems I had with the book were a few distasteful jokes. All in all, if you like Jim Gaffigan’s stand-up or Dad is Fat, you will love this book!

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.


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