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My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes Paperback – September 29, 2015
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“Dawn Lerman grew up Jewish in the 70's. I grew up Italian. Might sound different, but for the most part, it’s the same. Especially when it comes to food. The philosophy was simple, food = love. My Fat Dad hilariously and poignantly captures that essence Whether you’re Italian, Jewish, or anything else you can relate to how family, food, and the love of both affect how we grow up, and live our life. Mangia!”—Ray Romano, Emmy award-winning actor
“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
About the Author
Dawn Lerman is a board-certified nutrition expert and a contributor to The New York Times Well blog. Her company, Magnificent Mommies, provides nutrition education to students, teachers, and corporations. She lives in New York City with her two children, Dylan and Sofia.
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I was driving along listening to NPR and you were on the air. I was fascinated by your talk so I bought your book (from Amazon, of course) and just now finished reading it. I loved it!!! As someone who doesn't enjoy cooking, you have inspired me with your recipes (and your life story). What a fantastic child and teenager you were! I loved the directness of your words and the warmness of your heart.
I am in a book club that meets monthly and I am going to suggest your book with the understanding that the recipes that we make for lunch come exclusively from "My Fat Dad". If it "passes the muster" in terms of being selected, I'll send you some pictures. This won't be for awhile as we have already selected our books for 2016. I, however, am going to try your recipes. Thank you so much for your life, your spirit, and your recipes (and Beauty's). I hope that your Dad, Mom, and April are fine.
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Dawn Lerman, author of "My Fat Dad" has written a delightful honest memoir about her family, love and food.Read more