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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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