Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan – A Book Review

9780804140416“What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book.”

Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”


Jim Gaffigan makes us laugh. He is one of our favorite comedians. He also loves food as much as (okay, maybe more than!) we do! So, when I found out he wrote a book all about food, I knew I was ready to laugh…and become terribly hungry while doing so!

This book definitely made me hungry. I was reading in bed one night, way past the hour that it is appropriate to eat, and I suddenly exclaimed to my husband, “I want a hotdog!” A minute later, as I entered the next chapter, I looked at him and said, “Now I want a hamburger!”

Jim Gaffigan’s unique humor can be found throughout the pages of this book, and his love for food is evident on every page. This “love story” is broken up into various types and styles of foods, highlighting everything from food trucks, to fast food, to fine dining, and of course to the microwaving of the infamous Hot Pocket!

Jim is sure to pay homage to every type of food and even specific food locations that he has traveled to. I learned a few things about food while reading this book, but mostly I learned how hungry I am!

At times, the topic of food got a bit redundant, but since food is such a universally loved and appreciated thing, the redundancy didn’t phase me too much. I enjoyed this light, fun, hunger-inducing read and would recommend it to fans of food and Jim Gaffigan alike!

*I received this book free from Blogging for Books, in exchange for my honest review.


JIM GAFFIGAN is a stand-up comedian, actor, and bestselling author of Dad is Fat. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children.


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