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