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A personal journey with Crohn’s disease: months of excruciating treatment and the enduring effect it has on the author’s emotional state and relationship with food—as well as on his wife, children, and friends.

Food is not just sustenance. It is memories, a lobster roll on the beach in Maine; heritage, hot pastrami club with a half-sour pickle; guilty pleasures, a chocolate rum-soaked Bundt cake; identity, vegetarian or carnivore. Food is the sensuality of a ripe strawberry or a pork chop sizzling on the grill. But what if the very thing that keeps you alive, that bonds us together and marks occasions in our lives, became a toxic substance, an inflammatory invader? In this beautifully written memoir, both gut-wrenching and inspiring, award-winning writer Jon Reiner explores our complex and often contradictory relationship with food as he tells the story of his agonizing battle with Crohn’s disease—and the extraordinary places his hunger and obsession with food took him.

     The Man Who Couldn’t Eat is an unvarnished account of a marriage in crisis, children faced with grown-up fears, a man at a life-and-death crossroads sifting through his past and his present. And it shows us a tough, courageous climb out of despair and hopelessness. Aided by the loving kindness of family, friends, and strangers and by a new approach to food, Reiner began a process of healing in body and mind. Most of all, he chose life—and a renewed appetite, any way he could manage it, for the things that truly matter most.

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In this beautifully written memoir, both gut-wrenching and inspiring, award-winning writer Jon Reiner tells the story of his agonizing battle with Crohnand#8217;s diseaseand#8212;and the extraordinary places his hunger and obsession with food took him. andlt;Iandgt;Iand#8217;m a glutton in a greyhoundand#8217;s body, a walking contradiction, in the grip of the one thing I canand#8217;t haveand#8212;food, andlt;/Iandgt;writes Reiner, who details what happens when that which keeps you alive, that bonds us together and marks lifeand#8217;s special occasions, becomes a toxic substance, an inflammatory invader. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;His unvarnished account depicts an explosive medical emergency, a marriage in crisis, children faced with grown-up fears, a man at a life-and-death crossroads sifting through his past and his present. And it captures a tough, courageous climb out of hopelessness as Reiner began a process of healing in body and mind, discovering a renewed appetite, any way he could manage it, for the things that truly matter most.

About the Author

JON REINER won the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Magazine Feature Writing with Recipes for the collaborative andlt;iandgt;Esquireandlt;/iandgt; article and#8220;How Men Eat.and#8221; His memoir, andlt;iandgt;The Man Who Couldnand#8217;t Eatandlt;/iandgt;, is based on an acclaimed article of the same name that he wrote for andlt;iandgt;Esquireandlt;/iandgt; in 2009. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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ISBN:
9781439192474
Author:
Reiner, Jon
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Subject:
Biography/Medical
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
text only
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this beautifully written memoir, both gut-wrenching and inspiring, award-winning writer Jon Reiner tells the story of his agonizing battle with Crohnand#8217;s diseaseand#8212;and the extraordinary places his hunger and obsession with food took him. andlt;Iandgt;Iand#8217;m a glutton in a greyhoundand#8217;s body, a walking contradiction, in the grip of the one thing I canand#8217;t haveand#8212;food, andlt;/Iandgt;writes Reiner, who details what happens when that which keeps you alive, that bonds us together and marks lifeand#8217;s special occasions, becomes a toxic substance, an inflammatory invader. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;His unvarnished account depicts an explosive medical emergency, a marriage in crisis, children faced with grown-up fears, a man at a life-and-death crossroads sifting through his past and his present. And it captures a tough, courageous climb out of hopelessness as Reiner began a process of healing in body and mind, discovering a renewed appetite, any way he could manage it, for the things that truly matter most.
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