“I’ve just read Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen, food writer Hannah Howard’s book about coming of age in the New York food scene with an eating disorder. It’s honest and funny and full of her love of food — and the conflict between her insatiable hunger with her desire to be thin. I’ve come away from it thinking she is very brave.”
— los angeles review of books
“Feast is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and life-affirming story that anyone who has ever struggled to define a healthy relationship with food will be able to relate to. I couldn’t put it down.”
— Nicola KRAUS, author of the nanny diaries
"Hannah Howard's debut memoir Feast is a gorgeous, painful reckoning with food, femininity, and ambition - a moving look at a young woman becoming herself in the grueling culture of New York City restaurants. There's an affecting tension between Howard's passion for exquisite food and an eating disorder that has become a "soundtrack" to her life. This is a book full of heartbreak and delight, with appealing expertise from a talented writer who has been in the trenches, sampling suckling pig, taking the temperature of trout, dodging the unwanted advance from the chef. Rich, complex, and compulsively readable."
— Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women
“In this candid and searching memoir, Howard offers a celebration of food as well as an account of the determination required to forge a path to self-acceptance. An inspirational memoir of food and finding oneself.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Hi, I'm Hannah
I'm a writer and food expert who spent my formative years in New York eating, drinking, serving, bartending, cooking on a hot line, flipping giant wheels of cheese, and managing restaurants. I write about delicious things for a living, appear in food videos, teach cheese and cooking classes, and host culinary events. My memoir, Feast: True Love in and Out of the Kitchen, is forthcoming with Little A in 2018.
I received my BA from Columbia University in Creative Writing and Anthropology in 2009. I am currently pursuing my MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars, where I am a recipient of the Lucy Grealy Scholarship.
My work has been featured in The New York Times, VICE, Self.com, Thought Catalog, AMEX OPEN forum, Serious Eats, New York Magazine’s Grub Street, refinery29, The Olive Oil Times and Columbia College Today.
My writing has been the voice of Men’s Health, Applegate, Murray’s Cheese, Bloomingdale's, Panera, Olay, Pantene and many more. I mentor women recovering from eating disorders on building a happy, healthy relationships with food and themselves. I live in New York City.
“Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and courageously generous, Feast is one of the most memorable and important debuts I’ve ever read. With beautiful lyricism and unflinching storytelling, Hannah Howard weaves together addiction, love, fear, sexism, insecurity, ambition, and trauma in a way I’ve never seen done before. As with everything, with every life, Feast isn’t a story about one thing, but rather how intersecting, manifold, and even contradictory things make up a life. It’s a story about the miraculousness of becoming yourself. A must-read for anyone who’s ever wanted to escape their body, for anyone who has loved deeply and wrongly, for anyone who has dared to forgive themselves.”