Last week, I snagged my local bookstore's last copy of New York Times food writer Kim Severson's Spoon Fed. Once home, I scrunched myself into my favorite chair and flipped open the cover, pen in hand, ready to underline Severson's seemingly effortless turns of phrase.
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Looking back at all the blue lines (and sometimes exclamation points), I realized that it was Severson's yearning for acceptance that resonated with me most. ("As much as I want to get out of the rat race, I still want to be the best rat. I want to be the best little recipe writer ever. Because I think, on some level, that I am a fraud.") The book centers around eight female cooks and the life lessons they helped Severson learn (or re-learn). Throughout, Severson is candid about her struggles with alcoholism, her sexuality, her preoccupation with trying to please others. Yes, the winner of four James Beard Foundation awards is a work in progress, just like the rest of us.
Some have complained that Severson spends too