My Fat Dad is a story about Dawn Lerman’s childhood and the struggle and love of food. Every memory is attached to food in some form. I really enjoyed reading her and her family’s story. As I have been overweight my entire life and just like her dad have tried all of the endless array of fad diets.
Dawn’s grandmother Beauty is the kind of grandmother we all wish we had. Always supportive, always teaching, always encouraging and helping shape us into the adults that we will become. She loved spending time with Beauty, as I did when I was younger with my grandmother, all the memories that were made learning how to cook and appreciate the fragrances of the seasonings and the love that was shared over a warm pot of chicken soup.
When her father took a prestigious ad job in New York City and moved the entire family to the city. Beauty did not go with them but she sent a card from Chicago weekly with a recipe, shopping list and a twenty-dollar bill. This is how she continued to educate and cultivate her love for wholesome food. This love, support and encouragement is what helped Dawn make her own way into the culinary world – one recipe at a time. She took her grandmother’s favorite jewish recipes and added her own healthy and more nutritious twist to them.
My Fat Dad is a beautifully written reflection of Dawn’s colorful family and culinary-centric upbringing, and how food shaped and controlled her connections to her family, her Jewish heritage, and herself. She learned how to feed her family healthier yet keeping the basic recipe from her childhood. A great read.