My favourite types of books are those that make me laugh because I can relate to what is being written – there is nothing better than reading something and bursting out in a spontaneous chortle or side-splitting giggles because it always helps to improve my mood (even though it does something result in rather odd looks from the people around me!).
When I first heard about Jill Conner Browne, I discovered that she is a Sweet Potato Queen (if you are asking, “What the heck is a Sweet Potato Queen, check out their website – it will make you smile!). I also discovered that Jill has penned eight other books with titles that scream BUY ME (with titles like American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queen’s Guide to Preserving your Assets and The Sweet Potato Queens’ 1st Big-Ass Novel: Stuff we didn’t actually do, but could have and may yet how could I NOT want to buy these books?!?). At that point, I was so excited about Fat is the New 30 that I couldn’t wait to dive in!
Fat is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Coping with (the crappy parts) of Life is a set of engaging and entertaining essays that focus on various aspects of life that are practical but also had me in fits of laughter! From getting older to raising kids to what happens when your body starts to fall apart, the book is filled with uproariously funny (and totally sound) advice like, “Nobody can argue with nonsense” and “Good grief, go put on some lipstick.” Whose life wouldn’t be better with a little nonsense and a tube of lipstick? Some of the essays will also touch your heart – Jill’s reflections on caring for her dying mother really hit home for me – I struggle with the realization that my parents are aging as I watch my friends deal with the care (and deaths) of their parents as well.
And what is a good book without some recipes? In the chapter “God Wants Us to Eat Up,” Jill includes recipes for every possible down-and-out moment that will have you drooling (or perhaps, rolling out of the kitchen after you try one). Best of all, after eating something like the “I-Can‘t-See-My-Feet-But-Who-Cares Krispy Kreme Bread Puddin’,” you’ll hardly remember the crappy moment that inspired you to step foot in the kitchen in the first place. Call it therapy through food or call it your Sweet Potato Queen remedy. Either way, Jill Conner Browne has the medicinal humor you need! (While I’m still working on losing weight, I’ve marked these recipes for when I really need them!)
I really enjoyed reading Fat is the New 30 and I’ve passed it on to a friend who I think will love it as well!
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