Women, Food, and Desire
by Alexandra Jamieson

Gallery Books, 2015. ISBN 978-1-476-76504-4.
Reviewed by Khadijah A.
Posted on 04/08/2015

Nonfiction: Food/Cooking/Kitchen

The subtitle of Alexandra Jamieson's book, Embrace Your Cravings, Make Peace with Food, Reclaim Your Body, is bold and perhaps a bit optimistic. Yet the author manages to give her readers several useful tools for doing just those things, along with encouragement, real-life stories, practical advice, and even a laugh or two.

Jamieson doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table concerning the bizarre and often somewhat twisted relationship so many of us have with food. What she does accomplish is the gathering of lots of information in an easy-to-use, interesting-to-read format that saves us from hours of Googling through the billions of articles on food and women found online. The author shares not only her own experiences, but those of several of her clients, giving the reader a feeling of community that can be helpful when implementing many of her recommendations.

Although Jamieson seems to be especially targeting women who overeat, her insights and advice also can be applied by women who are trying to deal with food from the limiting end of the spectrum. While not everything in the book will apply to everyone, any woman who wants to have a healthier relationship with food and herself can benefit and enjoy the process! There really are no one-size-fits-all solutions to issues as complex as this.

Alex Jamieson is a holistic weight loss, nutrition and lifestyle coach, detox expert, professionally trained healthy gourmet chef, and "cravings whisperer." She lives in Brooklyn, where she juggles, somewhat gracefully, raising her 6-year-old son, running her company, and riding her bicycle to the food co-op. Visit her website.

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