A few months ago I read Born Round by Frank Bruni. I devoured the book. It was something that I could really relate to. Bruni, former NYTimes food critic, shares his life long struggle with food and his weight. We both really like food, only he has learned how to properly restrain himself and manage a healthy weight. I, on the other hand, am dealing with the restriction, exercise, maintenance part. I fell off a speeding wagon when I got to college and have been limping behind it ever since. I will catch up one day! Anyway, anyone who has a funny and loving family, likes food, and/or struggles with their weight will love this book. Basically everyone will love it.
And a few weeks ago I saw that Bruni would be at a local bookstore, Brookline Booksmith, for a reading and signing. Fantastic! I have already been there for 2 signings, Barbara Walters and Alton Brown, so I was really excited for the prospect of an author actually reading their book! Horray!!
So that brings me to last night, Natalie and I went to the reading and the signing. My praises for the book convinced Natalie to get it to be signed and I bought a paperback copy since I read it on my Kindle. Signing a Kindle would be hard, Bruni later on agreed. He read a fantastic part that focuses on his gym experiences in Italy. The situation and Bruni’s writing are hilarious. Of course hearing him read it was even better. Everyone was cracking up as he explained that the gym had several interesting rules that made things ‘E vietato!!!’
We were the last people to have our books signed so we ended up ‘chatting’ with Bruni. Specifically about a cooler full of ice cream that someone from Toscanini’s brought for him. I can understand this since he was a food critic, however, his book is about his struggle with weight and he even discussed it in the Q&A part. He explained that he believes that people can have addictions to food, making them over eat. It’s not to excuse them for over eating but it can be harder for them to control than, let’s say, an alcoholic. Why? An alcoholic has to avoid alcohol, but an over eater can’t avoid food, everyone needs food. So in a sense their control issues are harder. So it just seemed funny that this person brought him 8? different kinds of ice cream and sorbet. Since we asked him about it he decided to open it up and share. It was fun to try the flavors (I loved the pineapple basil sorbet -duh!) but it was even cooler to see him leave most of them behind so he could go out for drinks with friends. Bruni-1, ice cream-0