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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Book Review - Good Enough To Eat by Stacey Ballis

I was recently given a copy of Good Enough To Eat by Stacey Ballis. It's a novel about a woman who loses half her body weight and her husband but gains so much more.

The main character, Melanie Hoffman, a former lawyer loses half her body weight and opens a gourmet take-out store specializing in healthy and delicious food. Soon after her husband leaves her for a woman twice her size. She gets hit with a financial crisis and takes in a quirky roommate and gets involved with an area documentary film maker.
This was a quick enjoyable read. As someone who has been plus sized most of my life, I could easily relate to the character. Something that those of us who lose weight deal with often are the unfamiliarity of it, the issues with how we deal with others and our weight loss, the idea that you still sometimes feel like a fat person in a thinner body.

The book's chapter titles are names of dishes and the way the story is told, relates what she identifies with that dish. At the end of the book are 40 pages of recipes. Some of them healthier versions of a dish, others the decadent version.

From About The Author:
"Stacey Ballis is the author of several novels, including Inappropriate Men, Sleeping Over, Room for Improvement, and the upcoming The Spinster Sisters due out in March of 2007. She is also a contributing author to the anthologies Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, due out in May 2007, and Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, due out in June of 2007."
Good Enough To Eat by Stacey Ballis is available at,, Barnes And and your local bookseller.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given this novel to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this book review.

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Susan Campbell Cross said...

This looks like a good one! I will see if I can download it on my Kindle. Man do I love that thing. :) I'm stopping by after...forever...I've been writing a book of my own (very excited!) so i have not been blogging as often, or cruising through Blogville either. I'm trying to reform myself, so here I am!!! Hope all is well! Susan

cardiogirl said...

It seems like so many people joke about having a thin person trapped in a fat body, but this line really resonated with me:

"... the idea that you still sometimes feel like a fat person in a thinner body."

I have massive body image issues (thanks Dad) and I always feel like I should be thinner. I swear I will never be happy with my body. It's something I struggle with constantly and something I really hope my kids can avoid.

Linda said...

This sounds like a good book, although I don't have a lot of time to read actual books these days. While I have been fortunate as not to need to lose half my body weight, I still deal with wanting to lose a few pounds.

healy said...

I love the fact that the recipes were included in this book. I wish it didn't end where it did, but hope Stacey writes a sequel.

Petula said...

Great review. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading.

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