Review: Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis

Title: Good Enough to Eat

Author: Stacey Ballis

Genre/Pages: Fiction/ 320

Publisher: Berkley Trade; September 7, 2010

Rating: 3 Bookmarks

Source: Publisher

Nat’s One-Sentence Synopsis:  Melanie Hoffman loses half her body weight AND her husband but gains a new career, new friends, and a healthy relationship with food.

In a departure from some fiction, Stacey Ballis tells the story of a plus-sized woman comfortable in her own body, with a terrific career, seemingly fairy-tale marriage, and healthy appetite for food and pleasure.  Melanie Hoffman watches everything slip away after deciding to live a more healthy lifestyle.

After losing 145 pounds, Melanie finds herself alone and struggling to make the bills as the owner of a fledgling health-food cafe.  She and her staff, a motley crew who are all growing and changing, create their own little family and support network.

Though some of the supporting characters seem stock (wealthy gay best friend, down-on-her-luck African American woman with Southern roots), Ballis manages to plumb them enough so readers get a sense that Kai and Delia have more to offer than just a flair for the dramatic or down home soul food cooking.  Ballis didn’t give Melanie the happily-ever-after ending, instead leaving the novel open-ended (possibly with the potential for a sequel).

Good Enough To Eat was an enjoyable and quick read with an interesting slant on significant weight loss and the way it impacts relationships and perceptions.  Ballis includes several delicious recipes (healthy and hearty versions of both!) at the end of the book.  I can’t wait to try the sinful Mac and Cheese.

**Would you like to win a copy of Good Enough To Eat?  Simply leave a comment below and you’ll be entered.  Contest ends Friday, September 10th at 10pm EST and is open to domestic and international friends.**

11 Comments

  • At 2010.09.08 09:49, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

    This sounds like a fun book and I love that there’s a plus sized protagonist, so I’d love to be entered. Thanks!

    • At 2010.09.08 10:28, Care said:

      I would love a novel with recipes! yum. and the book sounds like one I would enjoy.
      .-= Care´s last blog ..intense developing various =-.

      • At 2010.09.08 10:44, Meg said:

        Fiction and recipes? I’m already sold. This sounds like such a great and different read, and it’s been getting lots of positive coverage the past few weeks. I’d love to check it out!
        .-= Meg´s last blog ..Kramerbooks &amp Afterwords Cafe- A Washington Institution =-.

        • At 2010.09.08 12:48, Meg said:

          Sounds like a book I would enjoy — and I love that cover! Interesting how you noted the “stock” side characters, too; that’s one of my biggest pet peeves in fiction.

          • At 2010.09.08 14:34, Elisabeth said:

            I like the twist in the premise that the husband leaves her for a heavier woman now that she is thin. It is something different. Sounds like a great read!

            • At 2010.09.08 15:34, dw said:

              this sounds like an interesting book and it’s definitely different from typical chick lit/women’s fiction books.

              • At 2010.09.08 20:19, Mary (Bookfan) said:

                I’ve had this on my wish list for a few weeks now and after reading your review I want to read it soon! Please toss my name into the giveaway hat 🙂
                .-= Mary (Bookfan)´s last blog ..My Summer 2010 Challenge – Wrap Up =-.

                • At 2010.09.09 08:53, S. Krishna said:

                  No need to enter me, but i enjoyed this one as well. Great review!
                  .-= S. Krishna´s last blog ..Book Review- Good Enough to Eat – Stacey Ballis =-.

                  • At 2010.09.09 16:20, Jenners said:

                    I really do like the different point-of-view on this one.
                    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..RIP Review- What The Dead Know by Laura Lippman =-.

                    • At 2010.09.13 13:37, Erin said:

                      I love Stacey Ballis! I’m so excited she’s got a new book coming out. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway
                      .-= Erin´s last blog ..Book Blogger Appreciation Week — First Treasure =-.

                      • At 2010.09.18 23:26, Jennifer said:

                        Too bad I missed the giveaway because this sounds like a pretty decent book. I love that it seems like book about body weight/issues are becoming more popular. I think that being comfortable with your body is something that every woman struggles with and its nice to read and discuss this topic more.
                        .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Review- Catching Fire =-.

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