🎉🎉🎉 Happy Publication Day to Hannah Howard 🎉🎉🎉 Plenty: A Memoir Of Food And Family is out today!!
I received my advanced copy as my August choice through the Amazon First Reads program.
A moving reflection on motherhood, friendship, and women making their mark on the world of food from the author of Feast.
Food writer Hannah Howard is at a pivotal moment in her life when she begins searching out her fellow food people—women who’ve carved a place for themselves in a punishing, male-dominated industry. Women whose journeys have inspired and informed Hannah’s own foodie quests. On trips that take her from Milan to Bordeaux to Oslo and then always back again to her home in New York City, Hannah spends time with these influential women, learning about the intimate paths that led them each toward fulfilling careers. Each chef, entrepreneur, barista, cheesemaker, barge captain, and culinary instructor expands our long-held beliefs about how the worldwide network of food professionals and enthusiasts works.
But amid her travels, Hannah finds herself on a heart-wrenching private path. Her plans to embark on motherhood bring her through devastating lows and unimaginable highs. Hannah grapples with personal joy, loss, and a lifelong obsession with food that is laced with insecurity and darker compulsions. Looking to her food heroes for solace, companionship, and inspiration, she discovers new ways to appreciate her body and nourish her life.
At its heart, this lovely and candid memoir explores food as a point of passion and connection and as a powerful way to create community, forge friendships, and make a family.
What Did I Think?
A book about food and family written by someone who adores cheeeeeeesssssseeee! What’s not to catch my eye when I read the blurb and the author’s bio??! I knew I had to select this as my First Reads choice.
The beginning I felt was a little disjointed – I think part of this is because I’ve not read Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen, Howard’s first memoir. But as I settled into Howard’s life, I went on her journey with her. One of love life Covid and cheese. There is a lot of cheese in this book but I’m not complaining at all! I adore cheese!!
Howard’s experience of WW totally resonated with me, saving my points for something worth while. I felt for the teenage Howard having to go through this, and looking back, I’m glad I wasn’t there with my weight issues. Howard’s mental and emotional journey with her body image is very real. It’s something that isn’t talked enough about but Howard lays her feelings out and is honest in her journey.
The book ends as the worldwide Covid epidemic hits and it was interesting to read how it hit the Americans in comparison to the U.K. I can’t imagine how Howard felt with what is happening in her life at the time as New York closes itself down as did the rest of the world.
Plenty is an interesting read about the passion for food whilst wrangling with the emotional and physical effects that passion can cause. It’s a journey of a young woman finding her way in the masculine culinary world and the trials and tribulations of finding love on the way.
Who Is Hannah Howard?
Hannah Howard is a writer and food expert who spent her formative years in New York eating, drinking, serving, bartending, cooking on hot lines, and flipping giant wheels of cheese in Manhattan institutions such as Picholine and Fairway Market. She has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. The author of Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen, Hannah has also been published in New York magazine, Salon, and SELF. She mentors women recovering from eating disorders by helping them build happy, healthy relationships with food and themselves. She lives in New York City. For more information, visit www.hannahhoward.nyc