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Staff Picks – Food: A Love Story

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan


My all-time favorite stand-up comedian is Jim Gaffigan. This guy can take just about any random subject and turn it into an absolutely hilarious monologue. When I found out he had a book on the NY Times Best Seller List, I couldn’t wait to check it out! I got Food: a Love Story in the audio format because Gaffigan does the narration himself. Part of what makes him so funny is his dry, Mid-westerner accent. Let’s just say I was not disappointed with this book. My husband listened to it and loved it equally. Then I had my dad listen to it and he is now a fan, too!

Food: a Love Story is about exactly what you would imagine…Gaffigan’s life-long love affair with all things food. The book begins by breaking down sections of the United States based on their traditional cuisine. For instance, he describes the North East as “Sea Bug Land.” Gaffigan jokes that lobsters, crabs, and the like are merely cockroaches that live underwater. He imagines what made them popular is that you can forget about that fact by dunking them in enormous amounts of butter. What makes the audiobook version so great is that Gaffigan puts on a hilarious accent to go with each area of the country. Much of the book is him guessing how particular conversations in history may have gone. For example, he describes a possible interaction between two advertising executives coming up with the jingle for “Hot Pockets.” “Guy #1: Have you come up with a jingle yet? Guy #2: Umm, that was due today? Ah, yeah…how about ‘Hot Pocket?’ Guy #1: Brilliant!!”

Gaffigan could spend an hour on the topic of bacon alone. In fact, there is an entire chapter dedicated to bacon. The thing about Gaffigan is that he isn’t a healthy eater and he isn’t ashamed to admit it. He talks about how no one really likes fruit—they just tolerate it because it isn’t as terrible as vegetables!

This review cannot possibly give this book the justice it deserves. It is really, really funny and unlike many comedians today, Gaffigan doesn’t need to use foul language to get his point across. Though younger children probably wouldn’t “get” the humor, this audiobook could still be listened to in the car with little ones in tow. If you are in the mood for a good chuckle, this is definitely the book for you!

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