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My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes Paperback – September 29, 2015
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“Everything you want in a book about food: Thoughtful, moving, funny and, of course, delicious (see the recipe on sweet potato latkes). Dawn reminds us that eating is about much more than protein and carbs and nutrients—it’s about family, history and identity. Dawn’s grandmother put it best: ‘I can find my heritage in a bowl of soup.’”—A.J. Jacobs, journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Drop Dead Healthy
“Dawn Lerman takes the reader along on one of life's important journeys—to find true nourishment. Her discoveries about the powerful ways that food connects us to our families, our heritage, and ultimately to ourselves are profound and beautiful.”—Andie Mitchell, New York Times bestselling author of It Was Me All Along
“A quasi-memoir cookbook that will have readers laughing, crying, and nodding all at the same time…Lerman is engaging.”—Booklist
“Laced with love, family dramas, recipes, and the pangs of growing up, Lerman’s memoir is a satisfying treat.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Lerman herself reveals a novelist’s sensibility for scene-setting and storytelling. She is a genuine sensualist in the best sense of the word…My Fat Dad is both a rich and evocative memoir and a fully functional cookbook, a reading experience that is pleasurable in itself, but also invites the reader into the kitchen again and again.”—Jewish Journal
“This is a memoir that readers will find they can't put down, except maybe for a few minutes to gather ingredients to make some of the delicious-sounding recipes that Lerman generously includes.”—Times Record News (Wichita Falls)
“A compelling and inherently fascinating read that will resonate with readers who have food relative family memories of their own…Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library American Biography collections.”—Midwest Book Review
“Laced with humor, wit, and touch of sadness (as it is real life), the Lerman tale seems to overlaps bits of everyone's human journey.”—Bay Area Family Travel
“Lerman is an astute story teller. When the last page was devoured, I felt as though I made a new friend.”—Circle of Food
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Why do I think the story is hard to read? It is hard, really really hard, almost impossibly hard, to read this book without judging people. I grew up in the era Ms. Lerman has written about. Even in those non-helicopter parent, latch key kid days, a child who was not old enough to drive being left alone while her father went out of the country, would have raised more than a few eyebrows. Yes, even in New York City. Not for a second do I claim that affluent/rich parents did not leave their children for months at a time. Certainly they did. However, they left them with a housekeeper, or a nanny, or a family member. Of course there were schools that became concerned about kids who seemed too much on their own. Those affluent schools were more likely to have made their point in such a way that the parents would have hired staff and given at least the appearance of a responsible adult in residence. Dawn's parents were guilty of child neglect that likely qualified as criminal, even then.
It's hard for me to absolve Beauty as well. She KNEW what was happening. Yes, I get that she tried to give Dawn the skills and tools to feed herself and her sister.Read more ›
If it’s true the kitchen is at the heart of the traditional home, Lerman’s family’s adversarial relationship with food was at odds with their family’s rich Jewish heritage, filled with meals to comfort the soul. Fortunately, Dawn’s maternal grandmother, Beauty, came to her rescue, both in providing a sense of love and stability and teaching her how to cook wonderfully flavorful, traditional dishes, essentially rescuing her from starvation and a childhood deprived of much in the way of nutrition. Even more powerfully, Beauty’s legacy set Dawn on the path that would carry her into her life’s calling, founding Magnificent Mommies, a company providing nutrition education to students, teachers and corporations.
To read about Beauty is to love her; she was the sort of grandmother we all wish we’d had, or at least I do. Coming from a family fragmented, cut adrift from extended relations, I grew up in an environment devoid of nutritious foods. The Deep South formed my heritage, a world filled with biscuits and fried chicken and heavy, carbohydrate-dripping meals held together by animal fat. Though not as extreme, my own mother fad dieted her way through most of my life, reinforcing my own love-hate battle with food.Read more ›
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Absolutely devoured MY FAT DAD by Dawn Lerman. At times funny, sad, and unbelievable, but always warm, engaging, and insightful, MY FAT DAD (Berkley Books, 2015) is technically a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Leslie Lindsay
I LOVED,LOVED THIS BOOK.i RAVED ABOUT IT TO MY FRIENDS,THEN i RECOMMENDED IT TO MY LOCAL LIBRARY HERE IN DELRAY,FLORIDA. Read morePublished 23 days ago by sheila ginsberg
I couldn't put this book down! I was a child of the 70s too and grew up in Brookkyn so much of this book felt familiar. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Marian
My maternal grandmother Nahmoe could have easily been Beauty. The life lessons, great love and security I felt when I visited could have been the same as that which Dawn Lerman... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paula Feldman
I've read many of Lerman's always entertaining New York Times blog pieces. Now she has written her memoir, My Fat Dad, which has her trademark anecdotes and recipes, along with a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason M. Starr
This is such a great book. It is so interesting to see the impact food can have on people be it positive and negative. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JD
A fascinating story about the advertising world and a great inspiration as well.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so beautifully engaging! It is amazingly relatable...this crazy 70s! Don't miss this read!Published 2 months ago by Mishelle Ross
This is a book everyone must buy. This is such a joy to read and to cook from. This is the best $12.00 anyone can eat! A rich and delightful journey that one can really taste. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bennett Liss