If You Can't Take the Heat: Tales of Food, Feminism, and Fury

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Product Details

Price
$28.99  $26.96
Publisher
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.77 X 8.43 X 1.15 inches | 0.96 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780593444481

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About the Author

Geraldine DeRuiter is the James Beard Award-winning blogger behind The Everywhereist and the author of All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, Marie Claire, and Refinery 29. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Rand. They are currently working on a cooking-themed video game and ordering too much takeout.

Reviews

"Whether writing about her affinity for Red Lobster or putting the pieces back together after a terrible kitchen fire, DeRuiter approaches the subject with both wry wit and a sharp tongue. . . . She manages to examine the ways that women are marginalized in the culinary world--and her own anxieties surrounding food--with refreshing candor and a big pinch of humor."--Eater, "The Best Food Books to Read This Spring"

"Geraldine DeRuiter is wickedly hilarious and tenderhearted, observant and original, and candidly vocal when she sees an emperor with no clothes."--The Seattle Times

"Witty does not begin to describe the razor-sharp takes DeRuiter packs in chapter after chapter of this hilarious, astute, and at times heartbreaking memoir. DeRuiter somehow manages to raise your hackles over indignities like 'ladies menus' while making you giggle simultaneously, and you'll find yourself wanting to hug, high-five, and cheer for her as she navigates anxieties and adventures full of food and feminist awakenings."--Rabia Chaudry, author of Fatty Fatty Boom Boom

"If You Can't Take the Heat is a hysterical and incisive journey through the world of food and feminism. The essays will cause you to snort with laughter and then make the tender muscle of your heart ache. Whether she's writing about growing green onions during lockdown or the sexism of the restaurant industry, Geraldine is smart, sarcastic, delightful, and sharper than a kitchen knife. This book is an absolute delight!"--Lyz Lenz, author of This American Ex-Wife

"Geraldine DeRuiter's particular genius is using a subject such as food to write--and write exceptionally well--about absolutely everything. Feminism, family, appetites literal and figurative, power dynamics, the search for one's own voice--it's all here, and more. The book is hilarious and haunting by turns, and if the last line doesn't make you cry, your heart is a tiny ugly stone and you probably have no taste buds."--Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Lady in the Lake

"A thoroughly enjoyable writer, DeRuiter can be very funny, whether building increasingly ridiculous scenarios or adeptly capturing various foibles of friends and enemies. She can also be sweet, reassuringly insecure, and candid. . . . She writes with directness and laser-sharp observations as she documents her research, unafraid to name names."--Booklist (starred review)

"Delightfully salty . . . DeRuiter seamlessly blends gallows humor and sharp observation. The result is a witty and empowering volume that will satisfy foodies and non-foodies alike."--Publishers Weekly

"Funny, irreverent . . . DeRuiter brings her sharp wit to a range of subjects, including family, marriage, the end of a treasured friendship, and the meaning of comfort food. A deft, entertaining collection."--Kirkus Reviews

"Hilarious, clever, profound and poignant . . . [Geraldine DeRuiter's] articulations are sincere and nostalgic. . . . Readers will find this witty series of vignettes humorous, comforting, and enlightening."--BookPage, starred review