I just finished reading Jim Gaffigan’s Food: A Love Story. While I think his previous book Dad is Fat is better, I really enjoyed this book as well. Perhaps I liked Dad is Fat better because I listened to it on audible.com, and Jim Gaffigan read it himself. There’s something awesome about the author reading his/her own book. For examples, listen to Amy Poehler’s Yes Please or Cary Ewles’s As You Wish. Back to Food: A Love Story. I can completely understand so many points Gaffigan makes in his book because I too am an “eatie” though not a “foodie.”
If you’re not a fan of Jim Gaffigan or haven’t even heard of him, I feel sorry for you. No, that’s not what I meant. I mean I would recommend his comedy. He’s known as a clean comedian, but I don’t think this is necessarily intentional. He just likes to talk about a broader range than just sex, and he doesn’t have to use curse words to get his point across. I’m not against the dirtier comedians; I just find Gaffigan hilarious to the point where I can’t listen to him and drive at the same time. There’s a reason why he’s known as the “Hot Pocket Guy.”
If you are a fan of Gaffigan, prepare to have some of his jokes heard in his stand-up rehashed (now I want hashbrowns 😉 ) in Food: A Love Story. Like the McDonald’s jokes shown below, he includes much of his stand-up material. However, he expands upon a lot of it and includes quite a lot of new material as well. Despite using some of his older stuff, I found myself laughing to these tried-and-true jokes and filled with LOLz at his new jokes.
So would I recommend this book? Yes! If you’re in the mood to laugh, it’s a great read. Maybe listen to the audio book as Gaffigan reads it himself. Oh, and don’t read/listen on an empty stomach!
“The moment you enter most Waffle Houses, you get the sense the staff stopped caring a long time ago or never did. You’ll never hear ‘Nice job cleaning up’ in a Waffle House. If you’ve never had the chance to visit a Waffle House, simply imagine a gas station bathroom that serves waffle. That sums up the atmosphere pretty well.”
“I certainly don’t mean to offend. I understand that religion jokes make some people uncomfortable. Especially the people who are going to hell. It is my belief that God has a great sense of humor. How else would you explain the appearance of the duck-billed platypus or the manatee?”