Books & Baked Goods: It Was Me All Along

I bought a Kindle Paperwhite a few months ago on the ruse that I would save myself some money on books (I guess I’ve never heard of a library…), but really I bought it because it’s cool looking and very portable. Anyway, it turns out that while Kindle books are typically cheaper than hardcover and some softcover books at Barnes & Noble, they’re not always cheap. Call me stingy, but $12.99 is still kind of a lot to me. So whenever Amazon has a Kindle book sale or “deals of the day” that peak my interest, I buy and buy quickly! It Was Me All Along was one of those sale books, which I bought right before New Year’s for $1.99.

Described by Amazon as “A heartbreakingly honest, yet endearing memoir of incredible weight loss by a young food blogger who battles body image issues and overcomes food addiction to find self-acceptance,” it sounded like something  I could skim and probably enjoy, and definitely something worth barely $2. I had no idea at the time just how good of a deal I had gotten.

It Was Me All Along is a memoir told by Massachusetts native and author Andie Mitchell that truly is heartbreaking and endearing. For comparison, think: the personal hook and strong voice of The Glass Castle meets Eat, Pray, Love. Mitchell is truly one of the best descriptive writers that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, and her food descriptions had me drooling every time. Here’s one to give you an idea of what I mean:

“She always let me lick the beaters first. I grasped the spindly handle of the beater, top-heavy with slick sand-colored dough, and brought it to my mouth as I might eat an ice cream cone…Gritty brown sugar dissolving; the velvetiness of feather-light flour beaten into softened butter. Of all the tastes I’ve stashed in my memory, that of my mother’s chocolate chip cookies may linger longest.”

 

I finished this book quickly, but not because I skimmed it. I devoured every word, felt tears bubble up at some of her struggles that I relate to so personally, and felt like I could taste every food she ate right along with her. If you’re someone who’s struggled with your weight, with eating, or even just with loving yourself in general, you have to read this book. Mitchell is inspiring not for all the weight she’s lost or all the success she’s found since, but for the radical way in which she changed her mind about her own worthiness, and she helps you to do the same as a reader.

I promise it’s 100% better than you’re thinking at this point, and not as corny as I’m making it sound. This memoir had to be hands down my favorite book of the almost 30 books I read in 2015. On sale or not, I highly recommend it if you’re looking for an easy but enticing read.

But of course, I have to pair some yummy food with this review in the spirit of Mitchell’s memoir, her mouth-watering descriptions, and her now-career as a food blogger. So in the spirit of It Was Me All Along and Easter being this weekend (the perfect excuse to eat yummy treats, am I right?), here’s a recipe for Cadbury Egg Brownies from I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn’s entire blog is awesome so after you make her brownies for your Easter indulgence make sure to check out the rest of her site!

Not yet convinced that you NEED to make these? Here’s a picture to persuade you.

Cadbury-egg-brownies-recipe
Photo courtesy of iheartnaptime.net.

Enjoy them. Take pictures of them. Savor every gooey bite!

Xo, Bean

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