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Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life Paperback – March 1, 2011
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More About the Author
Here's her bio in a nutshell: Severson has been a staff writer for the New York Times since 2004. Previously, she spent six years writing about cooking and the culture of food for the San Francisco Chronicle. Before that, she had a seven-year stint as an editor and reporter at The Anchorage Daily News in Alaska. She has also covered crime, education, social services and government for daily newspapers on the West Coast.
Severson has won several regional and national awards for news and feature writing, including the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her work on childhood obesity in 2002 and four James Beard awards for food writing.
A new edition of Severson's first book, "The New Alaska Cookbook," came out in May 2009. Her second book, "The Trans Fat Solution: Cooking and Shopping to Eliminate the Deadliest Fat from Your Diet," was published by Ten Speed Press in 2003.
Top Customer Reviews
At which point I closed the book and thought "I'm done."
"Spoon Fed" is an enjoyable book. It's a fast read but that does not mean that it will leave you empty. On the contrary, "Spoon Fed" is a full meal and more. Ms. Severson includes wonderful recipes at the end of each chapter that are touchstones to each story as well as delicious.
I have to admit, that this book is right up my alley and I am a bit biased. Being a native of New Orleans, cooking and food are also my passion in life. I found a kinship with this author and enjoyed her voice, sense of humor and her crazy world of, "food, glorious food"! But you do not have to be a foodie or a chef to enjoy this book. It is a wonderful story of growing-up and embracing your true self, no matter where you come from or what you do for a living, we are all just human. Ms. Severson's life and story shows that we may take different roads but we all pretty much end up at the same place, back to ourselves.
The lessons are mostly related to food and feeding both physically and emotionally. As Kim slowly evolves and has faith in herself and also discovers a wonderful lesson for all...how can you blame someone for not talking unless you talk to them... a great lesson between mothers and daughters especially; you can take these lessons for your own. Her writing style is easy and interesting and no matter what life you lead there are lessons in this book for you.
She is winning and approachable, coming clean almost from paragraph one about her booze addiction and her hard partying youth, pouring out her earnestness about matters 12-step and spiritual, even as she admits how tough it is for her to do so. But...much as I was rooting for her, I felt she didn't break through to the other side. Severson is definitely a kickass journalist, and I've been digging her writing in the NYT for some time. But I didn't feel she found a memoirist's route into the deeper waters she was seeking.
Severson presents her life story, using as jumping off point her connections to eight seminal chefs, from her dear Italian mama to Alice Waters to Ruth Reichl to Rachel Ray and so forth. But I felt I mostly had to take it from her how meaningful these women cooks were, I didn't really get it from her portraits of them in the book. They were more like props, they existed as aspects of Severson's psyche, but otherwise, they didn't really come alive.
Severson starts with a big problem: she's already written about all these people (except her mother), and furthermore, I remember reading pretty much all of those pieces.. Clearly Severson didn't save back any of the best stuff about her subjects from her NYT articles (why should she?), so she has to come up with something fresh and worthwhile so it didn't just sound like retread. She seeks to employ her life story for that, and it is an interesting life and worth reading.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The parts written about the women who have shaped her as a "foodie" are really good. The personal stuff gets bogged down. Not a bad read and not a waste of time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nora M
Kim Severson is a gifted writer and storyteller. Her personal back story is compelling and she shares it in a forthright manner. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Laura F.
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It was great to get insight into the minds of the chefs interviewed by the author, but even more compelling was the author's... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by lindyjulie
Kim shared some wonderful insights, which I earmarked. But they were overshadowed by the "poor me" tone of the book. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Susan
For a non-cook like myself, reading "Spoon Fed" made me appreciate the life lessons one can learn through the art of cooking, and just how cooking can bring people together -- how... Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by averystar907
Having studied with Marcella Hazan, and Victor, in their Venice home, I am shocked and saddened by how Ms. Severson presents Marcella in particular. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by Ann C. Iverson
Spoon Fed is Kim Severson's autobiography. In her book she paints a word portrait of herself that is a mirror of ourselves reflecting our own anxieties: am I good enough to do... Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by Irena Chalmers
Kim Severson bares her soul in this memoir that chronicles how she found comfort and acceptance through and around food (with a little help from sobriety). Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Peter Shermeta