Feast by Hannah Howard


The compulsively readable memoir of a woman at war—with herself, with her body, and with food—while working her way through the underbelly of New York City’s glamorous culinary scene. Hannah Howard is a Columbia University freshman when she lands a hostess job at Picholine, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan. Eighteen years old and eager to learn, she’s invigorated by the manic energy and knife-sharp focus of the crew. By day Hann...

Details Feast

Release DateApr 1st, 2018
PublisherLittle A
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Food and Drink, Food, Biography Memoir, Culinary, Business, Amazon, Foodie, Food Writing

Reviews Feast

  • Kayo
    Wow. An honest account of a lover of food and life.If you like watching the food channel, you will like this book. Author seems totally relatable. Great book.Thank you to author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
  • Mary Beth Hills
    Just finished this last night (I got it from Amazon First Reads on Thursday and flew through it). This book is about Hannah, a high schooler and then a college student and then a freshly-graduated-newly-employed girl who is obsessed with food. She struggles with binging and purging, anorexia, codependency, self worth, and addiction. This book is beautiful and raw and heartbreaking and so, so real. Her writing flows like currents in a river- I was...
  • Jennifer Solheim
    It would be simple and true to say that FEAST was delicious, that I devoured it in one sitting. Howard's writing about food is a sensual pleasure, and her stories about coming of age in New York and the maniacal pace of restaurant life are vivid and engrossing. But particular to this book, in this moment, is the way that Howard represents the treatment of women in the restaurant world. Simmering under the surface of this memoir about food, eating...
  • Chloe
    Feast is a revelation for anyone who's ever looked in the mirror. Whether it was a physical mirror or a metaphorical mirror, whether you liked what you saw or you didn't, this powerful debut resonates. Howard is courageous and lyrical, her words in turn comforting and heartbreaking. Feast is full of giggles when you need them and goosebumps when you least expect them. I made the mistake of starting the book before bed and didn't fall sleep until ...
  • Jeannette Noel
    DepressingYikes. This was excruciating. Short little (maybe?) sentences, and weird run on sentences filled this kindle first read. This is unfortunately a memoir about a sad little rich girl with an eating disorder. She continuously explains the obvious, but on the flipside, throws a million new people into or out of the story with no explanation. It reads like talking to a condescending teenager. Maybe that's acceptable because it is a memoir?
  • Nancy Mendelson
    Just finished reading an advance copy of Feast. Devoured it, actually. Author, Hannah Howard is a magnificent storyteller. She took me on a journey inside her head, her heart, and bared her soul with such compelling generosity. Her eerily accurate descriptions of the self destructive thinking and false perceptions that come with anorexia and body dysmorphia were so much like my own experiences with these insidious disorders, it was strangely comf...
  • Goth Gone Grey
    Stunningly lovely, sad yet hopefulI made the mistake of downloading this before work, reading the first chapter as I brushed my teeth and got dressed, falling into the writing style immediately. I read a few pages while filling my car with gas, and tucked beneath a blanket on the couch as soon as I got home to read the rest in one breathless rush, binging on the author's words with delight. She writes with poetic beauty of her love for food, desc...
  • Michele
    I couldn’t put down Hannah Howard’s painfully honest, relatable, and well-written memoir of descent into, and recovery from, eating disorders. So much of this book rang true to me, but none more than this: “I hope that if I have daughters, children, I won’t pass on this particular pain. I’m sure they will have their own problems, but I hope they see me licking a cone of gelato with joy. I hope when they look in the mirror they smile.”...
  • Caroline
    Hannah's story is a familiar one. I haven't met a woman yet who says she never had an unhealthy relationship with food. The why is as varied as there are flavors of ice cream, and yet familiar: the desire to please, to be loved, to love, to find acceptance, to fill an emptiness. And yet Hannah's story is unlike many as her unhealthy relationship becomes something she can't control. Beautifully written and honest without being self absorbed, Hanna...
  • Tracey
    Thank you for writing about your struggle, although I do not share the same struggle I recognized a lot of myself in your story and I’ve come to the realization that there is no “perfect me” it’s just me and that’s more than ok.
  • Gretchen
    Such a fantastic memoir. Excellent food writing, made me want to eat everything. Torturous eating disordered thinking.
  • Lucia Hassen
    I loved this book. The author tells her story beautifully. I began reading fearing it might be a fluffy madcap NYC party girl with eating issues book - making light of a serious problem. But no, the author's writes so intelligently, thoughtfully, and humorously that the reader is instantly engaged in her story and struggles.
  • Judith Perlin
    Not a good readSelf created angst by a young woman who doesn't have a clue about what life can really dishes out to those who aren't raised by two educated and successful parents who love her. Give me a break.
  • Vivien
    As a woman who has an eating disorder this book was an incredibly disappointing. Hannah is obsessed with food, okay great. She thinks about food all the time. She wants to be skinny and hates her body. There is no actual substance to the character nor the book nor does there actually seem to be a point to the book. In one paragraph Hannah is raped and the author goes from food to rape to food again. At no time is there any introspective look at h...
  • Jean
    I held off choosing Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen by Hannah Howard as my free Kindle first book due to longtime ongoing personal reasons: fighting with my own weight, a dislike of my own body, and mainly a fear that I would want to eat if I read great descriptions of food. Fortunately the other choices of the month didn't appeal to me and it was Feast or no feast at all. I was stunned by the beauty of this memoir. The author's descri...
  • Paige Erin
    This was a good book. A short memoir about a woman with an ed working in the restaurant/foodie world. There is a bit of name dropping restaurant and foodie wise as well as some talk of New York City destinations so readers really familiar with food and the hip restaurant scene in NYC would probably enjoy this book more than the layman. Still this book has a lot for the average person, especially for the person dealing with an ed. The end chapter ...
  • Kristi Lamont
    I binged on this food addiction recovery memoir up until suddenly I felt the need to purge.....which, now that I think about it, happens with me a lot when I read memoirs of any sort. I find myself thinking, "I'm not sure I would've told _that_" and/or, "Wow, how self-centered can one person be?" Um, well, duh Kristi, they're writing memoirs....Back to this book: It was very well-written and I did enjoy it up until the last few sections; I really...
  • Ri
    The author's writing style is beautiful, eloquent without being pretentious. But I had a really hard time empathizing and connecting with the author, despite having food/body issues of my own as most women do. It was hard to see how her eating disorder permeated her life - for quite a bit of the book you forget she binges. Having worked with anorexic and bulimic patients, I know the lifestyle consumes them (no pun intended)...I didn't get that fe...
  • Terri
    This is a memoir that revolves around this young author's relationship with food. She writes very candidly about her struggles with eating and her eating disorder. Her viewpoints, attitudes, and relationship with food would resonate with many, many women as we live in a culture that is obsessed with being thin, mainly with women being thin. I thought this was well worth the read. I must add that there is a lot of humor in this book about a seriou...
  • Tara Holland
    A beautifully written and honest account of Hannah’s extraordinary and inspiring story following her journey working in the food and restaurant industry whilst battling a crippling eating disorder.Rather topically, it also highlights the sad issues currently being brought to light regarding abuse (both sexual and general) towards women in that (and other) industries, and even sadder that Hannah shockingly was a victim of this in the worst possi...
  • Ashley S
    This was a KindleFirst pick.Dreadful read. Run on sentences and terse verbiage made for an insufferably long book that would have been better served in essay format. Because of my stubborn nature, I slogged through to the end--taking a hiatus to read something actually worth my time and energy.Author makes reference to 'Kitchen Confidential' by Anthony Bourdain, and this book seems to be a knock-off of the same idea. Personal demons, issues with ...
  • Cheryl
    This is a good book and Ms. Howard clearly knows a lot about food and binge eating. I think the insights she puts forward on binge eating are valuable for anyone with an eating disorder. She is extremely honest in her descriptions. She also does an excellent job of showing the relationship of eating disorders with relationships of the people and events in our lives. It is well worth the time it takes to read this book, and you will be thinking ab...
  • Diane
    A raw, but truthful (I hope) account of a young woman who suffers through an eating disorder (disorders?). I liked many of the eloquent food descriptions, but sometimes the descriptions were so flowery that my mind started drifting away from the text. They also left me hungry!I question so many of the decisions that she made in her life, but who am I to judge? Besides, she acknowledges her mistakes and seems to be constantly working at getting he...
  • Sherrie
    Hmmm...this was less a rating than a compromise. In the first few chapters, I was captivated. "Yes, exactly that," I thought of the perfect descriptions of food, of eating automatically, compulsively, and the loathing of self and body that follows. The inside look at restaurants and restaurant people interested me enough to hold my attention. Toward the end, I had grown weary of the repetition of poor relationship choices and was counting pages l...
  • Linda
    Entertaining and important Dear Hannah Howard, Thank you for your raw honesty. For sharing your reality, a reality that mirrors that of so many others. Not only have you provided a message of hope embedded in the stark honesty of the struggles of addiction and recovery, but you’ve written a really great book. I got to know you, your family, friends, and lovers well. I learned about working in the food industry (who knew there was so much involv...
  • Nicole
    I loved and hated this book. It was definitely a different genre for me to try, I felt like Hannah on the book was at war with herself and I was at war with myself. This book made me think about my life and my mental disorders, making me even more paranoid and emotional. It wasn’t a bad thing I think it just speaks to how the author portrayed herself and her character and made it more real for me as a reader. I felt indecisive reading it, I fel...
  • Mike Gunderloy
    A scary-honest memoir of the author's lives in the food business (hostessing, managing, selling, sometimes cooking) and with an eating disorder (alternately binging and starving herself). By the end of the book Howard has taken us from high school to adulthood, though multiple dysfunctional relationships and on into a place of relative peace thanks to a 12-step program. One wonders whether she'll manage to stay relatively sane in the future. In t...
  • Christina Grande
    An honest beautiful memoirHannah’s experience with food spoke to me, and when it didn’t, I devoured her romantic descriptions of cooking. This story is more about Hannah’s relationships with food, with work, with men, rather than other books focused on eating disorders written by non- writers. Hannah is most certainly a writer with a strong voice. She knows how to use language in a way that speaks to readers of all experiences.
  • Nanci Schenkein
    Interesting but wordyA very interesting read about a modern woman and her struggles with eating disorders. The fact that she becomes involved in the food business makes it more difficult to control.My problem with it is that the story is much too detailed and could actually lure the reader into a state of boredom.I enjoyed it but would have enjoyed it more so if their was much much less detail...