Monday, June 15, 2015

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

I'm not sure who recommended this book to me, but I owe them a big thank you. Apparently, I made a reservation for it on NLB, and promptly forgot about it. Good thing the library reminds me when the book is here.

Food: A Love Story is a collection of columns about, you've guessed it, food. It covers topics from the types of food in America to healthy food. For some reason, it reminds me of an American version of Guy Browning's books. Each chapter is a standalone, and as I found out later, is based on Jim Gaffigan's stand-up routines.

Really, I listened to the Hot Pocket routine because it sounded interesting, and I think the later half of the chapter is more or less the routine. So I guess if you're a fan of this guy, you may already know most of the material here.

I think the biggest factor that decides whether you like this book is whether you like the narrative voice. I happened to like it, but at the beginning, I remember thinking "I hope I laugh soon, or I'd get annoyed with the narration fairly soon." Of course, I laughed, and I laughed often. I may not have agreed with him (I love sushi and fish and shellfish and a bunch of other things he doesn't like), but that doesn't matter. It was still funny.

By the way, there's an audiobook version of this book as well, narrated by Jim Gaffigan himself. After watching his routines, I was really excited to listen to it (it's on Scribd!). But, the way he reads the book is different from the way he does stand-up. Stand-up speech sounds a lot more spontaneous, and more expressive. When I listened to the audiobook, I could hear him reading, and it feels like it's more controlled. I'm still listening to the audiobook though, and it was pretty good background listening while I was doing my work.

In conclusion, I found this to be a funny book, and I loved reading it. Whether you will, depends on whether you find the following video funny (yes, I know it's not the Hot Pocket routine, but I think McDonalds is a lot more universal than Hot Pockets):

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