“Reading Hannah Howard’s work is like spending time with a good friend whose honesty and warmth reawaken us to the vivid colors of life—to friendship, heartache, and love, and to life’s many sensual pleasures, not least among them food. We come to the end of Plenty ready to face the day, whatever it brings.”
“Plenty is an uplifting memoir from one of the most prodigious food writers of the day. Hannah is an intellectually curious and vulnerable lover of life. How lucky we are to be packed up in her suitcase for this global, deeply satisfying adventure. Plenty extols the virtues of womanhood and is quietly incredibly impactful. The richness of Plenty must be shared with friends and family as it is a celebration of both.”
“Hannah is a master writer – her words are like poetry, whether she’s writing an ode to a new cheese for a client or penning her memoirs.”
“Hannah is a wonderful teacher who goes the extra mile for her students. She does a great job of engaging the whole class and engaging every student. I’m so happy to have gotten to learn from her.”
“Hannah Howard is a fantastic instructor. Rigorous, inspirational, supportive, organized.”
“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.”
“I finally started reading Feast by Hannah Howard. The book is beautiful and heart wrenching in its raw honesty. The first few chapters, about Hannah’s childhood and the ways in which her body becomes her enemy, cut so close to the bone that I had to put the book away several times because I could not read through the tears. She, with an ethnographer’s eye, details how girls come to hate themselves and there are moments in it where it feels like Hannah is writing my childhood along with her own. The next chapters, about her time at Columbia, make this a book that everyone who teaches university students should read. It reminded me that while we see them in our classrooms, we don’t actually see students and we don’t know them at all. Those chapters capture youth, joy, pain, and how NYC intertwines with all of that. I won’t say more but seriously people, go buy this book. It is breathtaking.
I’ve had the book for a while but wanted to be able to sit with it and think with it properly and not be distracted by teaching or research or anything else so I brought it on holiday with me.
I am so proud of Hannah. So proud.”
“Those in recovery from substance abuse will recognize themselves throughout this honest memoir; for those without addiction issues, this story offers a painful glance into the lives of those who suffer.”
“In this deeply felt memoir, Howard, who also mentors young women recovering from eating disorders, pens riveting accounts of the raging monster of bingeing and haunting tales of days of weakness. Readers who are untouched by an eating disorder will be shocked, and those who know its pain more intimately will find a compassionate and understanding friend in Howard.”
“Feast is a delicious memoir unlike any other.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“In her remarkably vivid debut book, Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen, Hannah Howard draws us into her extraordinary, relatable coming-of-age story, which takes place amidst the bustle and intrigue—and booms and busts—of the food world. In so doing, she dishes up the inside story of her struggles with bad boyfriends, body image, and an eating disorder—with fasting and bingeing, successes and setbacks, emotional ups and downs, and the search for deeper meaning and inner peace. I couldn’t put this book down.”
“Howard recounts her struggles to have a baby with a refreshing candidness that inspires hope, even when recalling her most desperate moments. Readers will fall in love with Howard’s astute perspective on food, love, and the richness both bring to life.”
“Food is so often used as a lens for men to explore our world, but Plenty subverts the genre and gives us a memoir that dives into the complex feminine humanity of the people who bring us what we eat and drink. Hannah Howard’s winding path to marriage and motherhood is punctuated by glorious women, from the Italian chef who left the machismo of restaurants to create a virtual cooking school to the lesbian barista whose fertility struggles dovetail with her business-building. The beguiling culinary descriptions pull you in, but the true magic of this book is in the way food—and the ragtag, often initially rootless people who make it—can create family. Plenty is both a deeply personal memoir and an inquisitive illumination of other women’s stories, and Hannah’s unflinching vulnerability will have you rooting for her the whole way through.”
“Fall’s buzziest food memoir…so captivating.”
“Hannah Howard’s Plenty is both an examination of a problem—the lack of exposure and acclaim that women working in food industries consistently experience—and a solution for that problem, as Howard introduces her readers to a global network of incredible women chefs, baristas, cheesemakers, and more. Plenty is much more than just a puff (pastry) piece, however. Like a great meal, Plenty also has subtle bitter and sour notes, as Howard lays bare her own personal challenges working in the industry. A must read for anyone who loves food, restaurants, and feminism.”
“Reading Hannah Howard is like a visit with the best kind of old friend—one with a heartfelt and charming story to tell.”
“A celebration of food, women, and their unique contributions to the food world, Plenty details Hannah’s journey through pregnancy, motherhood, and life in New York intertwined with her passion for food in an honest and relatable way, with both heart-warming and heart-aching stories. She weaves in tales of other women’s career paths in the food industry, whether in Spain, Norway, or NYC, highlighting the steps taken to achieve their dreams. Their stories of success and the countless challenges they faced are inspiring and helpful for anyone who is considering a career in food.”
“First off, Hannah is a lovely writer, winning, warm, honest—youthful, too, full of energy and passion, which, given her versatility and prowess (along with her urban education), makes her all the more suitable a candidate to instruct and inspire writers with a range of skills, from a range of backgrounds. Hannah has proved herself to be an insightful and generous reader, quick to put her finger on what is and isn’t working and how to fulfill the promise of a piece of writing with the writer’s original intentions always in mind.”
I think I won the culinary-creative jackpot by having Hannah as my first food writing teacher. Her readings were fun, her feedback ultra useful, and her workshops pushed our writing in all the right directions. I even got a piece published from my class with Hannah, and I would take another in a heartbeat!
“I have known and worked with Hannah Howard for nearly a decade and appreciate the balance of professionalism and passion that she brings to the table. Her writing is dynamic, nuanced, and adaptable, and her knowledge and passion for cheese and food is both well-researched and inspiring. She easily and thoughtfully incorporates feedback, hits deadlines without question, and is a joy to work with.”
“Hannah is an exceptional partner. She readily accepts a good challenge and drafts copy for different audiences, varying the voice, detail, and length to fit appropriately.
Hannah asks smart questions and engages in discussion at the start of the project, saving multiple rounds of revisions throughout. I have a high level of trust that Hannah’s projects will be well-crafted and on-brand. “
“Hannah’s copywriting style fits in perfectly with the voice of our brand. She quickly turns around projects, usually before the deadline and is always a joy to work with. She has definitely upgraded our content to another level and has made my job less of a strain. She is a great asset to have on our team.”
“Hannah is both a brilliant writer and a brilliant editor. Her own prose is stunningly beautiful, and she’s also able to give perceptive feedback on others’ work. She hones in on issues big and small and comes up with creative solutions to help guide a writer’s progress. Anyone would be lucky to have Hannah as a reader and editor!”
My writing has benefited enormously from Hannah’s editorial input: she has clear and refreshing insights into how constructive changes can be made, and her delivery is always encouraging and positive, without sacrificing honesty. I’ve thoroughly appreciated her influence on my writing and rate her very highly as an author and editor!
“Hannah is the kind of reader/editor who can give exactly the right advice in exactly the kindest way. She writes gorgeously herself, she appreciates it when others do as well, and her passion infuses all of her interactions with the written word. She is a joy to be around and to learn from. ”