Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

Algonquin. Nov. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781643750385. $29. MEMOIR
Chaudry (Adnan’s Story), a podcaster, executive producer, and lawyer most known for being an Adnan Syed advocate, pens a delightful and entertaining memoir of her childhood and early adulthood journey with her weight and nutrition habits, both gains and losses. She details her and her family’s immigrant story, their extended family in Pakistan, and their misconceptions of and unexpected delight in aspects of American life and food (they hated the “unseasoned kebab meat” that is the American hamburger). She writes mouth-watering descriptions of the foods of her Pakistani heritage and her adopted American life that gave her joy and brought her family together. She also includes recipes at the end of the book for some of the dishes she raves about, which is a treat for readers. Her hilarious anecdotes about her large and supportive family are relatable to any reader with zany relatives, and she fills out the narrative with descriptions of Pakistani culture, traditions, and her highs and lows as she emerges as the advocate and self-assured figure she is today.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of Lindy West and Frank Bruni’s Born Round.
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