Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate Paperback – July 3, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
“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
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
First, it's a really quick read. If not for a house guest who showed up the day the book arrived, and expected me to actually hang out with him for the few days he was visiting, I'd have finished the book the day I received it. It's engaging from the first page, and had me laughing out loud while learning a lot chapter after chapter. I am not a picky eater (aside from not eating meat) and admit that I often have rolled my eyes at picky eaters; I thought they were limiting themselves unduly, and were actually boring in their inability to expand their palate! I had absolutely no grasp of the physiological aspects of their revulsion and the agony they can suffer just by thinking of certain foods. Reading about the embarrassment (and shame) that selective eaters feel about their food preferences elicited my compassion instead of contempt. I have a new-found sympathy for people who suffer from this, and will not be rolling my eyes in exasperation at them anymore. I am actually grateful that someone wrote this book; it's just a bonus that it's someone as funny, thoughtful, and smart as Stephanie who did write it.
The author includes some recipes for selective eaters to try, and tips for restaurant dining, being a gracious guest, etc.Read more ›
Stephanie is a great storyteller, and took a topic that could have come across sounding preachy and boring and instead made it hilarious and thoughtful and inclusive. I really liked this book -- and I've bought copies for friends who are sort-of-secret picky eaters, too. They loved it!
p.s. -- SUCH a great title, too, I think.
I started smiling on page 4. I laughed out loud for the first of *many* times on page 17. Stephanie took what could have been a dry subject -- the science and psychology behind picky eating -- and turned it into a riveting page turner full of funny ripostes, insightful anecdotes and I-never-thought-of-that-but-it-totally-makes-sense! connections, and ultimately delivered a memoir-ish tale that had me howling with laughter and aha-ing with ephiphanies all over the place (so *that's* why I gag every time I take my giant probiotic horse pill, even before it gets to my mouth!). The fact that she makes the science behind it all both entertaining and easy to understand is a sign of her talent.
Also, she interviews sword swallowers. !!!
Stephanie's husband Mark was definitely the sleeper star of the book. His tendency to overthink everything in a way only someone with a PhD in Mathematics could was portrayed hilariously, and his inclusion is pure genius.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book opened my eyes to the trials of picky eaters. Since I've never been one, I was completely in the dark. Read morePublished 8 days ago by S. Riordan
I thought this book was going to give tips on how to break picky eating habits. It was mostly a comedy book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written, well researched. A personal history filled with humor and information for those with eating disorders.Published 19 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 on January 28, 2014 by Kevin Brink
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 got this book because I've always been a picky eater (I'm 32 now and still am). I'm only half way through, but it is very well written and hard to put down. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Jennifer
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