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Publisher's Summary

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 Hannah explores the Columbia arts scene, struggling to find her place. By night she’s intoxicated by boxes of heady truffles and intrigued by the food industry’s insiders. She’s hungry for knowledge, success, and love, but she’s also ravenous because she hasn’t eaten more than yogurt and coffee in days.

Hannah is hiding an eating disorder. The excruciatingly late nights, demanding chefs, bad boyfriends, and destructive obsessions have left a void inside her that she can’t fill. To reconcile her relationships with the food she worships and a body she struggles to accept, Hannah’s going to have to learn to nourish her soul.

©2018 Hannah Howard (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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i can't

i had to stop 3 minutes in. i cannot handle the narration. i wont ever know if this is a good book. a narrator should never walk into a restaurant kitchen and insist on cooking their own food. likewise an cook should never narrate their own book. ugh. terrible idea.

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I understand ...

why the author is the narrator but I could not move past her performance. She read like she was reading the book to a class instead of acting the words. Also, there are parts that drag on entirely way too long.

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What can I say?

In hope of devouring this book, Feast, I was prepared to hear the ins and outs of a budding chef. i almost stopped after the first chapter not sure what I was actually getting into but something kept me coming back to her story. Disappointed? Not really. It was still an interesting read and worth my time. Excellent narrative from an addict"s POV and very inspiring.

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Tough to get through

I liked the point of the story but it seemed very scattered at times. The narration made it difficult to get through.

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Horrible narration

I wanted to like this book so much, but I just felt like it was always all over the place. Furthermore, the narrator was awful! I am sorry to be so blunt but it was really painful to listen to her voice. I definitely enjoyed it more when I would read it through my Kindle but even then I just never felt like I attached to any of the characters.

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Awesome

OMW, I look at and experience food completely different now. I am i soured and more expressive after listening to this audio book.

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  • nancy
  • Panama City, FL, United States
  • 04-15-18

Need better narration

Book was o.k. But narration was awful. There also seems to be some sort of background noise going on. Very distracting!

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One problem

I’m sorry to say this but it sounded to me like the narrator had a lisp. Which I found distracting. I do appreciate her story though . Maybe the problem was with my device

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Good story, great writing, poor narration

Good story, although a bit preachy at the end. Great writing! loved the descriptive tone and being transported to the world of food service in all different capacities. The trip into Hannah's mind was fascinating. Please, Please find a different narrator. You are a lovely writer, wonderful with food, and a strong woman. Your narration was distracting and almost had me not finishing the book.