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“Using humor, gusto, and her sensitive if skeptical palate to great effect, Stephanie Lucianovic explains the mechanics of picky eating. She shows us why we like some foods and not others, and illuminates the mysteries of our sense of taste. It takes a picky eater to understand picky eaters, and we should all be grateful for Lucianovic’s inspired work.”—Amanda Hesser, co-founder of FOOD52.com and author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook
“As a diner who will gladly eat the eyeballs off a shrimp, but who recoils in horror at the site of a raisin in an oatmeal cookie, I adored Suffering Succotash. Stephanie Lucianovic's charming and hilarious exploration of why we hate the foods we hate is packed to the gills with research on everything from sword-swallowers to supertasters and yet reads like a guilty pleasure. I couldn't put it down."—Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch
"Lucianovic proves that hanging out with a picky eater doesn't have to be torture--do not judge the picky eater, just laugh as she learns to enjoy cruciferous vegetables."—Beth Lisick, author of Helping Me Help Myself and co-creator of Porchlight Storytelling Series
“Hilarious and honest, Suffering Succotash is a fascinating read if you’ve ever gagged on your greens (or know someone who has).”—Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of Spoiled and founders of GoFugYourself.com
"These other strands, and the seamless (and often hilarious) manner in which Lucianovic connects them to the scientific questions and answers, make Suffering Succotash the perfect popular science book for a reader that doesn’t think he or she wants to read a popular science book."—ScienticAmerican.com
"Stephanie Lucianovic, a culinary school graduate, ex-cheesemonger, and food writer, understands the picky eater's pain."—BonAppetit.com
"It's a funny and fascinating ride through the world of taste-bud analysis and the biggest bugaboo of picky eaters -- 'texture violations.'”—San Jose Mercury News
"[F]or a non-picky eater like me, reading Suffering Succotash is a necessary, if guilt-inducing wake-up call...Fortunately, Stephanie delivers the news with such aplomb and humor that I didn’t wind up self-flagellating with a garland of raisins for too long.”—KQED Bay Area Bites
Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. A former book editor and graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Massachusetts, Stephanie also was the Top Chef recapper for the popular site Television Without Pity, helped develop a line of cookbooks for Williams-Sonoma, and worked in the prep kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. She is the author of CocktailSmarts and VampireSmarts, an MSNBC.com contributor, and was featured in Best Food Writing 2005.Stephanie lives with her mathematician husband and hirsute baby in Menlo Park. Follow her online at www.grubreport.com and @grubreport on Twitter.
Well written, well researched. A personal history filled with humor and information for those with eating disorders.Published 9 months ago by Terrie Schmidt-Crosby
Great book to help remove the trivial nature of why we have the shortcomings we do when it comes to food, health and being crazy because of it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kevin Brink
I won a copy of this book in an online contest. It was like finally coming home to my people. I read it in a weekend and found myself nodding at parts while laughing hysterically. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by kp in PA
This book really hit home for me as a 31-year old picky eater. It's a relief to know there are more of us out there! Don't let the first few chapters turn you off, however. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Rachel
I bought this book because other reviewers found it entertaining and funny. The writer's style is current and lively, but I didn't find it all that funny, really... Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Henri IV
Well-researched and extremely well-written with a good helping of humor and insight. What a relief to know there are others out there like me! Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Ghilliedancer
I guess I always thought of myself as a picky eater. I don't think that any more. The author investigates her own pickiness by talking to researchers and sufferers, and comes up... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by LBingham
I've been a fan of Stephanie's online writing for years and, as an adult particular eater, was quite interested to read this. Very interesting book. Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by KimberReads