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Eating with My Mouth Open

Sam van Zweden (author)

ISBN: 9781742236988

Publication Date: Feb 2021

Format: Paperback

Food writing like you've never seen before: honest, brave, and exceptionally tasty. Not holding back from the struggles of mental illness and difficult conversations about weight and wellbeing, Sam Van Zweden advocates for a body politics that is empowering, productive and meaningful.
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‘To eat is to build upon our collective story. We use food to say, again and again, who we are.'

Eating with My Mouth Open is food writing like you've never seen before: honest, brave, and exceptionally tasty. Lyrically written, Sam van Zweden offers a millennial response to classic food writers, revelling in body positivity on Instagram, remembering how Tupperware piled high with sweets can be a symptom of spiralling mental health, dissecting wellness culture and all its flaws, sharing the joys of living in a family of chefs and seeing a history of migration on her dinner plate. Recalling the writing of Lindy West and Roxane Gay, as well as classic food writers M.F.K. Fisher and Brillat-Savarin, Eating with My Mouth Open considers embodiment and the meaning of true nourishment within the broken food system we live in.

Not holding back from the struggles of mental illness and difficult conversations about weight and wellbeing, Sam Van Zweden advocates for a body politics that is empowering, productive and meaningful.

Reviews

Amazingly attuned to those tender points where food tangles with family, trauma, illness and mental wellbeing – Sam van Zweden describes everyday food moments with clarity and compassion in a way that made me fall in love with food all over again.' – Ruby Tandoh, author of Eat Up!

Eating With my Mouth Open is a beautiful book: heartfelt, intelligent and full of love.' – Fiona Wright, author of The World Was Whole and Small Acts of Disappearance;

‘This is writing as sustenance. The book's moments of deep insight and intimacy, all its quiet revolutions, are answerable – as is the case with the most enduring nonfiction – to two gods only: truth and nurture.' – Maria Tumarkin, author of Axiomatic.
Pages 224
Date Published 28 Feb 2021
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Subject/s Biography & True Stories   Food & society  
Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, mental health and the body. Her writing has appeared in the Saturday Paper, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, the Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her work has been shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, the Lifted Brow and on/fictionLab Experimental Nonfiction Writing Prize, and the Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards. Eating with My Mouth Open won the 2019 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

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