Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression, David Leite
  • List: $24.99  |  Sale: $17.50
    Club: $12.49
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression

Author: David Leite

Narrator: David Leite

Unabridged: 11 hr 58 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Harper Audio

Published: 04/11/2017

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Culinary

Synopsis

The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria—a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, "Banana" as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named "Thor."Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to "turn straight" through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David’s readers as "The One," which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves—the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success.A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirs of Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banana is a feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.

Recommended

The Book of Eating Adventures in Professional Gluttony, Adam Platt
The Book of Eating
by Adam Platt

List: $23.99

Sale: $16.79

Club: $11.99

Narrator: Adam Platt
Published: 11/12/2019

Hungry Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World, Jeff Gordinier
Hungry
by Jeff Gordinier

List: $17.50

Sale: $12.25

Club: $8.75

Narrator: Jeff Gordinier
Published: 07/09/2019

Kitchen Confidential Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential
by Anthony Bourdain

List: $14.96

Sale: $10.48

Club: $7.48

Narrator: Anthony Bourdain
Published: 02/07/2001

Coming to My Senses The Making of a Counterculture Cook, Alice Waters
Coming to My Senses
by Alice Waters

List: $17.50

Sale: $12.25

Club: $8.75

Narrator: Alice Waters
Published: 09/05/2017

Bon Appetempt A Coming-of-Age Story (with Recipes!), Amelia Morris
Bon Appetempt
by Amelia Morris

List: $24.98

Sale: $17.49

Club: $12.49

Narrator: Amelia Morris
Published: 02/03/2015

Burn the Place A Memoir, Iliana Regan
Burn the Place
by Iliana Regan

List: $19.95

Sale: $13.97

Club: $9.97

Narrator: Eileen Stevens
Published: 10/15/2019

Eat a Peach A Memoir, David Chang
Eat a Peach
by David Chang

List: $20.00

Sale: $14.00

Club: $10.00

Narrator: David Chang
Published: 09/08/2020

Arbitrary Stupid Goal, Tamara Shopsin
Arbitrary Stupid Goal
by Tamara Shopsin

List: $10.99

Sale: $7.70

Club: $5.49

Narrator: Tamara Shopsin
Published: 07/18/2017

32 Yolks From My Mother's Table to Working the Line, Eric Ripert
32 Yolks
by Eric Ripert

List: $17.50

Sale: $12.25

Club: $8.75

Narrator: Peter Ganim
Published: 05/17/2016
{"id":"1614834","ean":"9780062660657","abr":"Unabridged","title":"Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression","subtitle":"A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression","author":"David Leite","rating_average":"4","narrator":"David Leite","ubr_id":"1614834","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"24.99","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"14.99","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"David Leite","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 11 hr 50 min","abr_length":"Abridged: "}