What She Ate

What She Ate

Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories

Book - 2017
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"Each of the six women in this ... group portrait was famous in her time, and most are still famous in ours; but until now, nobody has told their lives from the point of view of the kitchen and the table. It's a lively and unpredictable array of women; what they have in common with one another (and us) is a powerful relationship with food"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525427643
Characteristics: 307 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

The “food stories,” as author Laura Shapiro calls them, of Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym and Helen Gurley Brown provide remarkable insight into their day-to-day lives, but also shed light on larger issues of relationships, politics, literature, feminism... Read More »

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FPL_AdamL Nov 11, 2019

An unpredictable and delightful read! A peek into a side of history and food that I didn't expect to discover. Every word was deliciously chosen!

Dec 29, 2017

A delightful read. Beautifully written. Well researched. Highly recommend.

Dec 05, 2017

A truly delightful book, just don't forget to read the author's afterword. The stories that resonated for me were Eleanor Roosevelt (using food as payback - who knew!) and Barbara Pym, an underappreciated British writer deserving of a wider audience. This could be a good book club selection.

Nov 21, 2017

A little history lesson in each story. Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Gurley Brown were my favorite chapters.

In the chapter on Eva Braun, it reveals the food likes and dislikes of not only Eva but Hitler (who was for the most part vegan).

Sep 25, 2017

Laura Shapiro examines the lives of six women through their relationship with food. From Dorothy Woodsworth (sister of the poet William Woodsworth) to Eva Braun to Helen Gurley Brown, the author lovingly details how each woman ate or didn't eat according to her beliefs, preferences, and lifestyles. Each woman portrayed is also an inhabitant of her particular time and place which results in a fascinating food history on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. As Shapiro says in her introduction, "Tell me what you," wrote the philosopher-gourmand Brillat-Savarin, "and I shall tell you what you are."

Sep 15, 2017

Definitely a wonderful, well-researched, entertaining, informative, hilarious collection of six amazing women. Especially thought-provoking look at where these women begin and where they end up, and honestly, if they arrive at some peace after all their struggles. And the struggles! If you love a pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps story, here are six of the best.

Every single story is worth reading. Every single woman is a trailblazer in her own way. Every story uses food as a thread to weave through the lives of women who make the world a better place for future women. And every single woman has more grit than most of us. They all make decisions that change the course of their lives, and getting to watch the consequences of those decisions and how they play out, is delicious. As is every other word in this book.

Sep 11, 2017

An interesting look at some famous women and how and what they ate. Well-researched as each chapter is a different profile. Especially enjoyed the one on Barbara Pym, whose writing has recently been recommended to me. A fun read, especially for a foodie who loves biographies!


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Sep 25, 2017

Hot Stuffed Eggs with Tomato Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Whole Wheat Bread and Butter
Prune Pudding

Lunch at the White House, March 21, 1933


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