Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen
(Doubleday, 2013, 353 pages)
I love reading food memoirs! Kate Christensen is an author whose work I haven’t read before, but who I will certainly be checking out having finished this book. This autobiography reads more as a collection of essays – most of which revolve around the role food played in her life. Things start out with her childhood and the traumatic event that stayed with her throughout her life. Her relationship with food was something of a roller coaster; there were times when she relished in it and there were times when she forced herself to follow rigid food guidelines as a means of staying slim.
Kate led a very interesting life – it seems like she had a lot of lows in her life and there was a fair amount of struggling as she worked to sort of figure out here path, but she also had some pretty amazing experiences. This book wasn’t as food-centric as I thought it would be, but I enjoyed Christensen’s writing style, and like I said earlier, I’m curious to read some of her fiction now that I feel like I know her voice and the experiences she was writing from.