More, Please: On Food, Fat, Bingeing, Longing, and the Lust for "Enough" (Hardcover)

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An unflinching and deeply reported look at the realities of binge-eating disorder from a rising culture commentator and writer for Vogue.

Millions of us use restrictive diets, intermittent fasting, IV therapies, and Ozempic abuse to shrink until we are sample-size acceptable. But for the 30 million Americans who live with eating disorders, it isn’t just about less. More, Please is a chronicle of a lifelong fixation with food—its power to soothe, to comfort, to offer a fleeting escape from the outside world—as well as an examination of the ways in which compulsory thinness, diet culture, and the seductive promise of “wellness” have resulted in warping countless Americans’ relationship with healthy eating.

Melding memoir, reportage, and in-depth interviews with some of the most prominent and knowledgeable commentators currently writing about food, fatness, and disordered eating—Virginia Sole-Smith, Virgie Tovar, Aiyana Ishmael, Leslie Jamison, and others—Emma Specter explores binge-eating disorder as both a personal problem and a societal one. In More, Please, she provides a context, a history, and a language for what it means to always want more than you’ll allow yourself to have.

About the Author

Emma Specter (she/they) is an author and journalist living in Los Angeles. Emma currently works as the culture writer at Vogue, where she covers film, TV, books, politics, news, and (almost) anything queer; they have previously worked at GARAGE and LAist and have freelanced for outlets including The Hairpin, Bon Appétit, them, Hollywood Reporter, and more. More, Please is her first book.

Praise For…

"More, Please is a five-course meal of delight. It is an absolutely delicious read, that never shies away from the truth in favor of some tidy, societally approved narrative. Specter’s own honesty forced me to look at my relationship with my body without a filter and held my hand while I did so." — Kelsey McKinney, co-creator and host of Normal Gossip

"Few topics are as viciously knotted together as food, health, weight, pleasure, and the crushing social pressure to be a certain size. Emma Specter slices through all of it, probing our obsession with 'wellness' with a voice that’s tender, funny, angry, and sharp as hell. This is an essential book for anyone with a body, anyone with a heart." — Helen Rosner, James Beard Award-winning food journalist and New Yorker staff writer

"Emma Specter's More, Please is a generous coming-of-age and coming-to-self memoir that offers pathos, levity, and depth (in equal measure) to conversations around how complicated a role food can have in our lives." — Alicia Kennedy, author of No Meat Required

"More, Please is fluid, expansive, and frank. Anyone whose relationship with food has ever been fraught (so: everyone) will find something new and sharp in Specter's writing, which has and will continue to help people, despite—or maybe because of—her refreshing refusal to prescribe." — Katie Heaney, author of Would You Rather?

"More, Please maps what it feels like to be caught in constant contradiction: to love and fear food, and to want connection and aloneness at the same time. For those of us who have felt like our bodies are houses where no one was home, this book gave me new glittering and curious inhabitants. I recognized myself here like never before." — Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of The Third Rainbow Girl

"In this 'hybrid memoir-in-interviews,' Vogue culture writer Specter blends her own struggles with binge eating and body image with the voices of prominent body-positive show how representation can be a healing agent. An inspiring personal account of living with an eating disorder and finding joy in a fat body." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063278370
ISBN-10: 0063278375
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 208
Language: English