What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories by Laura Shapiro

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories

"Fascinating." Moira Hodgson, Wall Street Journal“Mouthwatering.”—Eater.com A beloved culinary historian’s short takes on six famous women through the lens of food and cooking—what they ate and how their attitudes toward food offer surprising new insights into their lives.Everyone eats, and food touches on every aspect of our lives—social and cultural, personal and politic...

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  • Diane S ☔
    Review soon....
  • J.M. Cornwell
    Laura Shapiro delves into lives of six famous women, many of whom are known to history even here in the 21st century. Beginning with Dorothy Wordsworth, the sister of the poet Wordsworth and their early lives together. Dorothy thinks more of her brother than of herself, reminding her brother when to...
  • Karen Witzler
    Very enjoyable. An assemblage of almost randomly chosen women from literature and history whose stories are retold by a gifted food writer. Intellectually lively and historically interesting with each section just the right length for my bedtime reading. I confess I read the section on Eva Braun(cya...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    What She Ate is a biography of six famous, infamous, or just plain interesting women told through the food they ate. Subjects include Dorothy Wordsworth; an 19th century caterer; Eleanor Roosevelt; Eva Braun; author Barbara Pym; and Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan.  Since I'm all about...
  • Anne
    I had a hard time getting through this book, and I'm not sure why. The author had a great idea for a book, and she wrote a fairly interesting book. However, the two were not the same. Perhaps if she had titled the book "What She Served" that would have been more accurate. Even in the Afterword, wher...
  • Sarah Swann
    This was middle of the road for me. I enjoyed 3 of the 6 stories and ended up having to DNF the last story about Helen Gurley Brown. I couldn't read anymore about how her mindframe was "be skinny, no matter the cost." I really enjoyed Eleanor Roosevelt's story and the one about Eva Braun was interes...
  • Lynne
    A somewhat dry look at an interesting topic. Worth a listen due to the historical aspect but not really about what the women ate. From a foodie perspective it’s a bit disappointing. ...
  • Susan
    “If I eat I feel guilty. And I’d rather feel hungry.”The above is a quote from one of the six women featured in this book – Helen Gurley Brown, editor of “Cosmopolitan,” for over thirty years. It helps highlight the difficult, complicated relationship, that so many wome...
  • Roman Clodia
    You never just eat. No matter how hungry you are, it's never just food. In this vastly entertaining book, Shapiro uncovers the 'food stories' of six women: from Dorothy Wordsworth who cooked for her brother as if she were his wife, to Helen Gurley Brown who might gush about food but who never ate m...

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