My first encounter with this author, and this foodie coming to grips story was engaging, if difficult at times. And the whole reason for the difficulty was Abbie herself. A food critic, she has thrown her entire being into food, and found herself in the midst of a crisis.
Slim to None
Outed as a food critic at a new spot, then photos splashed over all the newspapers in town, Abbie is unable to continue critique, as a large portion of that position requires on her anonymity. So, without her dream job and grossly overweight, Abbie has some hard truths to face in her life.
What emerges is a slow and often painful journey for Abbie as she comes to grips with her life, with all of the anger and hurt that she buried under food, her relationship with her husband and her battles with dieting.
Abbie was hard to like at first: she was funny in that self-deprecating way, but her defensive posturing about her weight, and her self-delusions about weight, her husband and her career were frustrating. But, in some ways, you get it: those are scary ideas to contemplate, and she’d always run from issues and buried them beneath clotted cream and butter.
A few small changes and walking her dog, as well as insight from a homeless man she befriended with gifts of warm meals has Abbie seeing some chances for change. No longer the premiere critic in New York, she takes her newly assigned column to detail her struggles with weight and diets, and finds an audience.
A newer version of the Abbie we first meet emerges: one that is gaining in confidence as she settles old issues from her past, and find what truly matters to her. It’s more than a food story (although there are some wonderful recipes) but one of growth and searching for happiness, taking those chances to find what you truly love, and embracing it.
With wonderful secondary characters, several moments of laughter and a few of tears, this story is engaging. Abbie could be any person who struggles with weight, or old unsolved issues from childhood, and those issues as well as her struggle feel honest and real, making her a flawed, if wholly relatable woman.
Title: Slim to None
Author: Jenny Gardiner
Published by: Diversion Books
Published on: 28 July 2011
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Abbie Jennings is Manhattan's top food critic until her expanding waistline makes staying incognito at restaurants impossible. Her cover blown on Page Six of the New York Post, her editor has no choice but to bench her—and suggest she use the time off to bench-press her way back to anonymity. Abbie’s life has been built around her career, and therefore around celebrating food. Forced to drop the pounds if she wants her primo gig back, Abbie must peel back the layers of her past and confront the fears that have led to her current life.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.