I just finished reading my second book of 2014 and well on my way of surpassing the four that I read last year.
I’ve been wanting to read “Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater” by Frank Bruni for some time now.
The book traces Bruni’s New York upbringing in a close-knit large Italian family where the women loved to cook and made it an art.
Describing all of the delicacies his mother, grandmother, and aunts created, it was like reading a “food porn” book.
The main focus of the book was that while Frank was a swimmer and athletic, he was compulsive when it came to food.
He was always fighting being overweight with one fad diet after another. This lead to periods of fasting, binge eating and bulimia, and ballooning up to 268 pounds before he finally took charge of his life and took exercise seriously to responsibly lose the weight .
Once he slimmed down and became fit, Bruni became a restaurant critic for the New York Times.
For five years (2004-2009), he would eat out seven nights a week. On some of those nights, he would have two or three dinners at some of the most talked about and higher class restaurants in New York. Those meals consisted of multiple appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and some of the feasts would consists of 20 courses or more!
The book also covers his relationships and during the period of his heaviest weight, the lack of having a boyfriend.
These days, Bruni still works for the Times and he looks amazing.
Re-posted from “Random Friday Thoughts — January 17, 2014