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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,055 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Bruni Narrator: Frank Bruni Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781101079515
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Born Round is a 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bruni’s brave, brutally honest, often hilarious, and truly endearing memoir, Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for August 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/12/2014

    " I liked it. I've spent my life struggling with my weight, too (though admittedly with more success) and I really identified with Mr. Bruni's story. The editor in me wished he'd spent more time convincing me that he not only ate a lot of food, but that he was also a connoisseur of food, BEFORE he got the NY Times food critic job. But when he described sitting outside, eating a meal of perfect bread and lovely cheese, the same meal he ate every lunch for months one end, I yearned to join him. That is a successful book, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadia | 2/12/2014

    " great book, funny and well-written. i laughed, i cried, i'd recommend this to anyone who loves food :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/9/2014

    " A really sweet memoir, kept me hungry the whole way through - literally. Reading this book is like watching Top Chef - don't do it on an empty stomach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/4/2014

    " Frank Bruni's prose is easy on the eyes and stole into my heart as he revealed a personal journey that was tough for many years. On the surface, his professional life in journalism seems to have just happened, easily and quickly. Bruni's personal life, known only to himself, was far from easy. I liked the way he opened up this memoir with childhood and family background; it gives many of us the - yes, I remember that too - moment. Then as he continues, it gave me pause to think about how habits are developed, changed (some of them are impossible to change) and how our family continues to have an effect on what we think of ourselves, and sometimes, how we treat ourselves. Of course, it was interesting to read about Mr. Bruni's life as a NYTimes food critic and that he actually had trouble with what wound up to be a 55-course tasting menu at El Bulli (even if it is a mouthful or two per course...still 55 courses!), the now closed famous restaurant north of Barcelona. I deeply admire Bruni for sharing his journey from childhood through the twenties and thirties to a place where he knows he still has to work for what he has accomplished, but has opened up his life for more wonderful adventures that are of a highly personal nature. Bravo Frank! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/3/2014

    " Well, being a restaurant critic for the New York Times apparently is challenging to say the least for someone with a food addiction. Bruni is a great writer, but more importantly I loved his openness about his food addiction, the effect it had on his life and self-esteem. A lot of his feelings we can all identify with... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri Jacobson | 1/28/2014

    " I was expecting this book to be more foodie focused. It's a pretty straightforward memoir of a guy who has struggled with his weight from childhood, including bouts with bulimia. He struggles with this at the same time he realizes he is a gay man. He eventually ends up as a food critic for the New York Times. By the end of the book the author seems to have come to terms with his relationship to food. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy | 1/24/2014

    " Frank Bruni seems like a truly lovely person but I could not get into this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Scarola | 1/19/2014

    " Coming from a large Italian family, I really related to Bruni's description of family eating events. The book slowed in the middle, but then got more interesting as he covered his life as a NY Times food critic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison Jag | 1/1/2014

    " It was just too long. I liked Frank's stories early on but then it got boring and repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucie | 12/28/2013

    " I could hardly put this book down. Bruni writes with openness and vulnerability about a sensitive subject in a highly entertaining and amusing fashion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney | 11/25/2013

    " A well-written memoir of a life obsessed with food. Bruni is at once amusing and heart-breaking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Seth | 11/24/2012

    " I expected the book to be a little more light-hearted and have a greater focus on his experiences as a critic but it was fine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wan Ni | 10/13/2012

    " A witty memoir of food, family, eating disorder, dating and exercise - Born Round is a charming read that kept me chuckling out loud at points, and close to weeping along at the others. Great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Griffith | 4/28/2012

    " If you love food, you'll love the book. If you've ever had food issuses and a weight problem, you could get something out of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/1/2011

    " Very readable memoir of a writer I adore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolynmora | 11/25/2011

    " I'm a sucker for any memoir, and especially for onein which food plays a big part. Good read, and kind of fascinating to learn about a man with eating and body image disorders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucia | 4/17/2011

    " This was a great read for foodies and everyone else who loves a good memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 4/12/2011

    " This is an easy read and if you love to eat, a delicious read. Well written and honest. It does get a little trying by the end but it's still fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 susanb79 | 4/11/2011

    " I found this book entirely too easy to relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danni | 4/7/2011

    " another excellent auto-biography. you'll probably like it more if you're a foodie yourself. I can related to it because he talks about his own battling with weight, and it's great to read about others experience with the same problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 4/2/2011

    " an interesting memoir about a food critic's struggle with weight and acceptance of himself "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 3/29/2011

    " VERY INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON EATING OBSESSION AND OVERCOMING IT. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 3/6/2011

    " Listening to. Read by the author which works in this case (though not all.) DNF but feel like I got the point. I had to stop listening when I was no longer questioning bulimia as a weight loss strategy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thethockmonthter | 3/5/2011

    " I'm only 35 pages in and I've already lol'ed - the descriptions of everything, but especially of food, are dead-on. And hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/25/2011

    " In this memoir, the author struggles with overeating his entire life. It is well written and captures his struggles clearly. What was sad about this book is that the end shows his journey is clearly not at an end. I enjoyed reading about his upbringing as well as his adulthood. "

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About the Author
Author Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995. Over his years there he has worn a wide variety of hats, including chief restaurant critic from June 2004 through August 2009 and Rome bureau chief from 2002 to 2004. He has also written two New York Times bestsellers: a memoir titled Born Round and Ambling into History, a chronicle of George W. Bush’s campaign for the presidency.