29 June 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom by Dayna Macy

Someone (I don’t remember who, thanks to whomever it was!) recommended this book to me and I grabbed a copy of it. I will admit I was a bit hesitant. I read half of Eat Pray Love, which it kind of sounded like. I really didn’t like that book, at all, not one bit.

This was similar, for sure, but also a little more realistic for the rest of us in the world that cannot take a year off and go off to points unknown. The author visits places she can drive to, during her off times at work or on the weekends. She visits with places she might actually be able to eat food from on a regular basis.

I loved the premise of this book. Understanding where your food comes. The good, the bad and the really ugly. I loved her bit about the olives. As a fellow olive freak, I feel her. The roughest part to read was the beef farm, but well, I mean, it happens and it was an important step in her journal. But it was tough.

I’m not sure if she really freed herself from anything and I’m not sure I would call this self help. So, if you’re reading this to lose weight, you’re reading the wrong book. But if you’re reading to learn about the author’s journey, you’re reading the right one. I really enjoyed that part of it.

I also liked that the author kept it real. There’s no BS in here that I saw. She isn’t perfect, she doesn’t know it all, she screws up. It also made me really think about where the food that I choose to eat comes from.

This book is great for those that love memoirs and for those that like to read foodie books. Well done!

What should I eat? How much should I eat? What does it mean to be nourished? How can I, a food lover and lifelong overeater, learn to be satisfied?

These are the questions Dayna Macy asks in her debut memoir, Ravenous. Like many of us, Macy has had a complicated relationship with food. In order to transform this relationship, Macy embarks on a year-long journey to uncover the origins of her food obsessions. From her childhood home in upstate New York, and back up the California coast, Macy travels across the country, meeting with farmers, food artisans, butchers, a Zen chef, a forager, a chocolatier, and others—to understand where her meals come from, why she craves certain foods, and what food means to her. She looks at how nostalgia is deeply embedded in food, and how the powerful forces of family and tradition shape our food choices.

Rather than head straight for the diet manuals, she chooses to change her relationship with food from the inside out. She delves deeper into the spiritual underpinnings of eating, examines what it means to be satisfied, and ultimately forges her own path to balance and freedom.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2011: 39

One Response to “Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom by Dayna Macy”

  1. alana 3 July 2011 at 5:27 pm Permalink

    I hated eat pray love too! I loooove reading books about food though and I’m so glad you posted about this one- definitely gunna get my dirty little paws on a copy! Thanks!

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