My Review of “My Fat Dad” by Dawn Lerman

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My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes
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My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes

by Dawn Lerman (Goodreads Author)
From the author of the New York Times Well Blog series, My Fat Dad

Every story and every memory from my childhood is attached to food

Dawn Lerman spent her childhood constantly hungry. She craved good food as her father, 450 pounds at his heaviest, pursued endless fad diets, from Atkins to Pritikin to all sorts of freeze-dried, saccharin-laced concoctions, and insisted the …more

Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Berkley (first published May 5th 2015)

MY REVIEW OF “MY FAT DAD” by Dawn Lerman

Dawn Lerman, author of “My Fat Dad” has written a delightful honest memoir about her family, love and food.  I love the way that the author writes lovingly about her Grandmother “Beauty”. who shared her love, affection and support of Dawn. Dawn’s mother and father were absent in many ways. They were not attentive or affectionate and often too busy to be there for Dawn. Many of the family traditions and interactions revolved around food.

Dawn’s father was popular in advertising with his slogans of many products. He was obsessed with food, and constantly on every diet possible,  Dawn’s mother did not cook. Dawn learned to appreciate cooking and preparation from her Grandmother “Beauty”. As a child, Dawn like to experiment with preparing healthier foods. In between her father’s starvation diets, he would eat everything in sight. There was no  moderation.


I appreciate and admire how Dawn writes about  her family and their emotional feelings. Growing up in a dysfunctional family was difficult.  Dawn often found herself in the position of  taking care of her younger sister or her father. Using many of the recipes from Grandma Beauty, and revising and experimenting, Dawn would come up with healthy alternatives.

I would highly recommend this heartwarming memoir! Did I mention that the author has included some amazing, mouthwatering, tantalizing recipes? I can’t wait to try some of them. I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book for my honest review.



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