Born Round

Born Round

The Secret History of A Full-time Eater

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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"The New York times restaurant critic's heartbreaking and hilarious account of how he learned to love food just enough after decades of struggling with his outsize appetite. Frank Bruni was born round. Round as in stout, chubby, and hungry, always and endlessly hungry. He grew up in a big, loud Italian family in White Plains, New York, where meals were epic, outsize affairs."--Publisher's descripton.
Published: [New York] : Penguin Audio, 2009.
ISBN: 9781101079515


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Aug 11, 2016

Frank Bruni, a restaurant critic for the N.Y.Times describes his life as an avid eater from birth and his struggles to control his appetite. Eventually he finds the key to eating well and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.

JCLHopeH Aug 29, 2014

Journalist Frank Bruni reveals his decades-long fixation on food and the detrimental effects on his personal life. As someone who has endured a similar love-hate relationship with my meals, I appreciated his open reflection on those dark habits.

His story does take an unexpectedly positive turn, giving it an inspirational note, when he shares stories of determination and comical challenges working "undercover" as a food critic. Some may find the book overly-detailed and self-absorbed, but I found Bruni's self-narrated audiobook captured a personal and insightful story.

Mar 17, 2014

The author's descriptions of his family's amazing meals and his experience reviewing restaurants are engaging and amusing. The bulk (!) of the book, however, is full of self loathing and gluttony, binges, purges and gross eating habits, which gets tiresome and sometimes even repulsive.

Aug 06, 2013

Of the many nutrition and diet books I've consumed, Bruni's autobiography may provide the best perspective on how to eat with joy and sanity in the real world. Throughout the book he explores his slightly warped body image and how it impacts his ability to relate to others, especially romantic prospects. His preoccupation with food comes honestly through a rich family history centered around meals and demonstrations of love through food. Bruni shares how he finally developed the willpower to just "step away" even from the most delicious food on the planet while the lead restaurant reviewer at the New York Times. In the audiobooks, the author's reading of his own work is engaging and well done. But the reader misses the many photos sprinkled throughout the printed book that provide perspective to his self-critical ruminations.

Jan 27, 2011

wonderful biography with weight as a central theme. humorous, well done


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