Review: Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis
Author: Stacey Ballis
Genre/Pages: Fiction/ 320
Publisher: Berkley Trade; September 7, 2010
Rating: 3 Bookmarks
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.
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