Both of these books that I'm about to review deserve much longer, more detailed reviews than they're about to get as they were both amazing for different reasons, but right now, I'm just trying to play catch up and move forward. I swear, if I could find more nonfiction like these, I'd read it so much more often! I just absolutely loved these two books. In fact, I'd love to know some of your favorite non fiction books if you want to leave some suggestions in the comments!! It would make my day I promise ;)
My first question was "why do people write books like this?" As a counselor, I get why people write books like this. I often assign my clients to write an autobiography. But why publish it? I get it now though. Publishing it puts it all out there. It makes it real, unretractable. It says, this is my story, I am the result of my story, I've suffered and I've made it...or I'm making it. And it gives so many people out there who have been through similar situations something to relate to. To know that they're not completely alone when it seems that no one else hears them.
Goolrick's writing is just wonderful. As the reader, you experience his pain, his sadness, his misery, his desperation. He writes with pure poetry at times. His words flow into lyrics on certain pages and they really just touch you. What I loved about this is that it's so uncensored. It lays the human experience completely bare with nothing off limits. And as I said, in the end, there is hope.
Kathleen Flinn took on quite the task in writing this book. She's a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. She decided to put her skills to use by inviting nine women who ate mainly fast food/boxed food/frozen food/processed food, etc to challenge the way they ate and learn to cook whole foods. Most of these women didn't even know how to hold a knife before starting this class.
The great thing about this book is that she takes the reader on the same journey giving us the same skills that she gives her "students" and gives us some fantastic recipes along the way as well. But it's more than just a cooking manual. Flinn also has lots of commentary to share on modern eating habits and how we've grown into a culture of supposed convenience and how that's driven us to increasingly unhealthy choices. She lays the facts out for us and they're not always pretty.
I'm happy to say that I've already roasted my first chicken and bought a beautiful new chef's knife since reading this book and she really has awakened a new joy of cooking in me. Like I said..one that should be on everyone's shelf in my opinion!