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Eating Heaven [Kindle Edition]

Jennie Shortridge
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nothing gets Eleanor Samuels's heart racing like a double scoop of mocha fudge chunk. Sure, the magazine writer may have some issues aside from food, but she isn't quite ready to face them. Then her beloved Uncle Benny falls ill, and what at first seems scary and daunting becomes a blessing in disguise. Because while she cooks and cares for him-and enjoys a delicious flirtation with a new chef in town-Eleanor begins to uncover some long-buried secrets about her emotionally frayed family and may finally get the chance to become the woman she's always wanted to be.

Editorial Reviews


A delightful, charming heroine plauged with an appetite smaller only than her good and gracious heart. I loved the book! -- Ayelet Waldman, author of Daughter's Keeper

Eating Heaven stole my heart. It's rich and sweet with humor, heartbreak, and a healthy serving of love. -- Caren Lissner, author of Starting From Square Two

Exactly the kind of book I most love to read--funny, sad, sensual, and hopeful. Jennie Shortridge is a wise woman. -- Barbara Samuel, author of Lady Luck's Map of Vegas

Jennie Shortridge's lovingly drawn characters will inhabit your soul and win your heart. I love this book. -- Lisa Tucker, author of Shout Down the Moon and The Song Reader

Powerful and provocative...a novel you don't soon forget. -- Valerie Frankel, author of The Girlfriend Curse

From the Author

Eating Heaven is a story inspired by the time I spent with my dad and stepmother Jeanne when she was ill with pancreatic cancer. She didn't have long to live, and not knowing what else I could do, I asked, "If you could have anything in the world to eat, what would it be?" And then I'd make it for her.

In Eating Heaven, Eleanor is a lonely food magazine writer reduced to writing "Lighten Up Your French Favorites Until They Taste Like Cardboard" recipes. When her favorite uncle, Benny, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she becomes his primary caregiver and tries, as I did, to provide solace, comfort and love through her cooking. At the same time, she's fighting her own battles with food, with body image and self acceptance. I wanted to write a story for the rest of us—those who will never look like the pop celebrities of the moment—and suggest that maybe we shouldn't even try to. Shocking, I know, but like Eleanor, I propose a revolution.

Enough with revolution, this is also a story about falling in love with unavailable men, sisters who have drifted too far apart, a cat named Buddy, the luscious Pacific Northwest, and an old family secret that is slowly revealed.

I hope you enjoy it!

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (September 6, 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001161L8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! February 24, 2006
Jennie Shortridge's Eating Heaven is one of the best books I have read. I connected with Eleanor and her interesting family in ways I didn't know I could. Uncle Benny and his struggle with pancreatic cancer was not only close to home for me personally, but it taught me a lot about the way we love and who we love and what constitutes family. This is a wonderful book about family, life, food, and finding what you need, even if it's not what you think you want. I highly recommend this novel.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For women of all shapes and sizes! November 30, 2005
A beautiful story about a beautiful-on-the-inside larger woman and how she cares for her dying uncle and is brought back to life herself. There's lots of food, humor, tears, reality, family, and of course, love. This book is written so much better than most of the ones we see in this kind of women's lit (NOT chick). The author is poetic in places, then stark raving real in others, and it works. If you love Jennifer Weiner's books, Good Grief, and that kind of thing, don't miss it!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Touching February 15, 2006
I loved this book. It's the story of Eleanor and her relationship with food, her mother, her 2 sisters and an uncle who is about to die. The characters all had such depth that I felt as if I truly knew them. The writing had wonderful flow and I could not put it down.....I did not want this book to end.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book! September 14, 2005
I read Eating Heaven because I loved Jennie Shortridge's first book, Riding with the Queen. I was almost afraid to read the second one, because sometimes authors can't "do it again" after a great first book.

I was thrilled to find that it was even better! Ms. Shortridge has managed to plumb the depths of family and love once again, maybe even deeper this time. This story of a larger woman who doesn't feel worthwhile (mostly because her mother is so horrible) and finds love and redemption and self-love through taking care of a dying uncle feels even more real than Riding with the Queen

I've never been to Oregon, but now I want to go! It sounds so beautiful. And reading this book will leave you seriously hungry! The food descriptions are mouthwatering.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Readable Feast May 22, 2007
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I read about 100 books a year, and seldom have I been so taken with a novel. The book was a sensual feast, the characters were beautifully real. I'll recommend this story and this author to dozens of friends.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 26, 2006
One of the best books I have read in a long time. It is touching and funny. Makes you think about family and their meaning.As a Oregonian I could really idenify with every nook and cranny of Portland as Eleanor traveled through the city. The love story was also very sweet. I give the author Jennie Shortridge an A+ for her effort. I hope there are many more delightful books in her head, I will be first in line to buy them...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly September 17, 2005
By Anne
Jennie Shortridge's new book, Eating Heaven, is only slightly less wonderful than Riding WIth the Queen.

It has depth, tenderness and insight into both the world of eating disorders and death and dying.

Her characters are people we all know and her compassion for human weakness is deeply moving.

It's got a lot of laughs, too.

If you have ever overeaten or known someone who has died, you will treasure this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Eating disorders, tense mother daughter relationships, affairs, and cancer are a powerful mix and yet so real that life pours out of every paragraph. What a combo, I enjoyed the book and finished it in a few days savoring it even when I had to go brush my teeth.
This is the kind of novel that makes me want to stay home with a blanket tucked in my own world and living the world of the characters.
Ellie the main character is lovable, insecure, bulimic, and has problems with her mother and father, and well with her sisters, as well as, with food.
She loves to cook and her dishes are unique. You will love her and you will feel for her and with her the pain she experiences when her uncle Benny is diagnosed with Cancer and she takes on the role of care taker.
The author uses food as a catalyst for feelings, moods, and even eras, its very creative and I can say I will not forget her characters anytime soon.
Splendid, deep and utterly real.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book!
Published 4 months ago by Skis11
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
Nothing fancy here, no bells, no whistles, just a good sweet story. It's a quick paced easy read that left me with a smile on my face and glad I read it!
Published on April 11, 2013 by CRich
5.0 out of 5 stars A loving look at caring for some one and learning about your self too.
Eating Heavenis a story of a woman who suddenly finds herself taking on the role of care giver while she is busy living her own life. Read more
Published on February 5, 2013 by Sharon Shortridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get attached to the characters
I found this book difficult to get attached to. The characters didn't have enough depth to hold me and though I did finish the book, I wondered why I did.
Published on August 23, 2010 by Jennifer Alberalla
1.0 out of 5 stars too many mistakes
I certainly have nothing against this story and Jennie Shortridge's style is fine. It won't win any prizes but it was an easy, enjoyable read. Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Helen Ens
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific story!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What impressed me most was how "real" the characters and the story remained from beginning to end. Read more
Published on September 29, 2009 by Beth Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching story about how cancer can affect more than the patient....
I love books that go back and forth from present to past to fill you in on important details or backstory. Jennie Shortridge does that here beautifully! Read more
Published on July 1, 2009 by Johnna M. Sebben
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Bought It!
I found this book a little slow moving until about page 150. After that, I really found a deeper respect for the author's message, although I'm not sure this book speaks to me... Read more
Published on February 19, 2009 by Chiclet
4.0 out of 5 stars Glimpse of Heaven
Jennie Shortridge introduces Eating Heaven with a quotation by Karen Sunde: "To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven". Read more
Published on February 24, 2008 by P. L. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading pleasure
Eating Heaven is a great book. I could not put it down. It was just what I was looking for.
Published on February 12, 2008 by Deanne
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More About the Author

I was born in North Dakota but spent most of my life in Denver, Colorado until my husband Matt and I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2002. We live in Seattle with our aging cat on the steep side of a hill covered with trees, right in the city, and I watch float planes buzz by my home-office window and hear boat horns honking to encourage the Fremont Bridge to raise and let them pass.

My first year in the Northwest was a shock to the system after a lifetime spent in sunshine. The first winter I often took to my bed at 2pm when it still hadn't gotten light outside. But gradually I became mole like, preferring the silver light over bright sun, and the year-round greenery over brown dusty plains. We have so many writers up here that we eventually all find each other.

I feel privileged to be involved with a large group of them in a nonprofit collective called We love to connect readers, writers, booksellers and librarians, and to raise money and awareness for literacy in our community. And we now have a band, The Rejections. We practice most Tuesday nights and occasionally perform for some book or literacy related event.

I've been a full-time writer since 1995, which feels astounding. People think I've had some rather odd jobs previous to that, but I figure, hey, if you've lived this long, usually some interesting stuff has happened to you. I was a working musician for a very long time, from my teens into my thirties. I was an apprentice plumber when I was young, and a secretary. I've cooked off and on in little cafes and I don't rule it out in the future. I was a corporate marketing type person for way too long. And now through the grace of all good things in the universe, I get to write. Thank you, dear readers, for your support, faith, and trust. I couldn't do it without you!

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