Born Round by Frank Bruni
The Secret History of a Full-time Eater

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The New York Times restaurant critic's heartbreaking and hilarious account of how he learned to love food just enough

Frank Bruni was born round. Round as in stout, chubby, and always hungry. His relationship with eating was difficult and his struggle with it began early. When named the restaurant critic for The New York Times in 2004, he knew he would be performing one of the most watched tasks in the epicurean universe. And with food his friend and enemy both, his jitters focused primarily on whether he'd finally made some sense of that relationship. A captivating story of his unpredictable journalistic odyssey as well as his lifelong love-hate affair with food, Born Round will speak to everyone who's ever had to rein in an appetite to avoid letting out a waistband.
 

About Frank Bruni

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Frank Bruni was named restaurant critic for The New York Times in April 2004. Before that, he was the newspaper's Rome bureau chief, a White House reporter, the lead correspondent covering George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller Ambling into History, about George W. Bush, and his restaurant-related articles for the Times have appeared in each of the last three editions of Best Food Writing in America. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for his work before the Times at the Detroit Free Press. He lives in New York City.
 
Published July 21, 2009 by Penguin Books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking. Non-fiction

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“But it was also irresistible, even poetic, the kind of ultimate dare or dead reckoning that a good narrative called for.” Taking the job, Bruni eased into the critic game like a pro, masking his identity from keen restaurateurs whose staffs were on constant alert.

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The book ends with Mr. Bruni’s seeming to master his problem — it’s all about portions — but the final sentence, suggesting that he has learned to stop shoveling in food “at least for now,” leaves the reader hanging, and hoping that he won’t let himself go.

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The New York Times

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Restaurant critic for The New York Times is, for those of us who love food, one of those dream jobs: getting paid to dine out all over the country.

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Entertainment Weekly

Frank Bruni, who has held that hugely influential job for five years, said, ''Yes, thank you, yum, you bet.'' By then, as he chronicles in Born Round, Bruni had won the worst of the battles against his out-of-control appetites.

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The Washington Post

Plenty of readers who pick up "Born Round," Frank Bruni's new memoir, will skip right to the pictures, or to the chapter about the pseudonyms he used when making restaurant reservations, or to the part about his comical attempts at disguises.

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Christian Science Monitor

Bruni, who just left his post as restaurant critic for The New York Times, does devote a small slice of Born Round to the glamorous attractions of the critic’s life.

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USA Today

Before he decided to show his face in public with the publication of his new memoir, Frank Bruni was the mysterious restaurant critic for The New York Times, often wearing disguises as he made his roundsSome would think it a bad career choice for a man who has had life-long issues with food.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

It offers a procedural on weight management if your job involves eating most of your meals at the best restaurants in the world (taste, don't finish), details about the mechanics of being a critic (fake names always, costumes on occasion), and the frisson of a few bold-faced names (who knew Sarah...

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Tampa Bay Times

It's nothing new for New York restaurant critics to pen lusty "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" memoirs.

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Daily Kos

Back on September 17, Stephen Colbert's guest on The Colbert Report was Frank Bruni, former food critic for the NY Times.

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Oprah.com

Born Round is New York Times writer Frank Bruni's hugely enjoyable memoir about the shame and saucy joys of overeating, about endless dieting ("Yo-Yo Me"), desperate dating, "sleep-eating" in the dead of night, and learning to think judiciously about the dizzying danger zone of dinner.

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Shelf Awareness

"The aim of the Tesco Book Club Real Readers Panel is to offer advice from customer to customer and encourage everyone to pick up a new type of book."

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Elle

You know, Rome has terrific Italian restaurants, Paris terrific French restaurants, but New York has a pan-ethnic scene that Paris and Rome can't match.

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Creative Loafing

But while we get two paragraphs describing his time in the Middle East embedded with soldiers (the main point of which, it appears, is to mention army food), we get pages and pages devoted to exactly what kind of food is at his sister’s wedding and how much of it there is.

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Creative Loafing

Anyone who has spent significant time struggling with weight will tell you how pervasive and frustrating that internal voice can be.

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