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 usthose who will never look like the pop celebrities of the momentand 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!