Savor: A Chef's Hunger for More


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Ballantine Books
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5.75 X 8.35 X 1.34 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Born in Pakistan, Fatima Ali was a chef in New York City. She received her education from the Culinary Institute of America and, at the age of twenty-three, competed in and won an episode of Chopped on the Food Network. Ali was a contestant on the fifteenth season of Bravo's Top Chef, where she was voted Fan Favorite. She wrote several essays for Bon Appétit, one of which was posthumously awarded a James Beard Award after she passed away in January 2019.

Tarajia Morrell is a native New Yorker who grew up at the table. In 2011, Morrell created the food and travel blog The Lovage. Her reporting and essays have since appeared in WSJ. magazine, T Magazine, Food & Wine, Departures, and Cherry Bombe, among others. Morrell is also the author of Soul of New York: A Guide to 30 Exceptional Experiences. She lives in Manhattan with her daughter.


"Inspiring . . . Ali comes across as being sensual, vulnerable and wise. Even as she righteously mourns all that she's losing, she maintains a wicked sense of humor. She writes, 'I want to leave something behind, something traceable, that could perhaps help others to ride the bull, to grab life by the horns.' With Morrell as a posthumous guide, that is exactly what she has done with Savor."--The New York Times Book Review

"Savor is a triumphant memoir about the incredibly talented chef and former Top Chef contestant Fatima Ali, who passed away in 2019 after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Including writing from Fatima herself and contributions from her mother Farezah and collaborator Tarajia Morrell, this heart wrenching read serves as a more than fitting tribute to an unforgettable culinary star."--Chicago Review of Books ("12 Must-Read Books of October")

"Fatima Ali became a fan favorite among foodies nationwide with her appearance on Bravo's Top Chef. But off camera, viewers were not aware that after filming wrapped, Ali was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. But even in the face of a devastating diagnosis, Ali truly lived life to the fullest up to the end, as detailed in this posthumous memoir recounting her last travels around the world, her childhood in Pakistan, and her reflections as a chef, a daughter, and a queer woman trying to achieve her dreams and honor her family in the face of traditional expectations."--Fortune ("6 New Books to Read in October")

"Ali's narrative extends beyond her life experiences to include her mother Farezeh's story, which begins in Karachi, Pakistan. . . . Savor explores the ways identity often butts up against tradition and what it means to savor life despite everything."--Eater ("Fall's 10 Essential Food Reads")

"With her own stories and entries from mother Farezeh and coauthor Tarajia Morrell, Ali's strength and passion for food and her culture shines through. Ali passed away in 2019 from bone cancer, and this memoir is a tribute to the extraordinary life and impact she made in 29 years."--Oprah Daily ("20 of the Best Fall Nonfiction Books of 2022")

"An exceptional account of the life of an exceptional woman, so talented and gone too soon. Savor is moving, heartbreaking, and defiantly hopeful."--Mohsin Hamid, New York Times bestselling author of The Last White Man and Exit West

"James Beard Award-winning chef Ali delivers a powerful ode to family and food in her posthumous memoir. . . . This portrait of a remarkable talent whose life was cut short is a tough one to forget."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This book shines with the author's irrepressible spirit, positivity, and tenacity. . . . Her love of food and people and belief in the future are evident throughout the text. Ali's adoration of the art of cooking is apparent, infectious, and often moving."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)