A unique eating-disorder memoir written by a mother and daughter.
Unbeknownst to food critic Sheila Himmel--as she reviewed exotic cuisines from bistro to brasserie--her daughter, Lisa, was at home starving herself. Before Sheila fully grasped what was happening, her fourteen year old with a thirst for life and a palate for the flavors of Vietnam and Afghanistan was replaced by a weight-obsessed, antisocial, hundred-pound nineteen year old. From anorexia to bulimia and back again--many times--the Himmels feared for Lisa's life as her disorder took its toll on her physical and emotional well-being.
Hungry is the first memoir to connect eating disorders with a food-obsessed culture in a very personal way, following the stumbles, the heartbreaks, and even the funny moments as a mother-daughter relationship--and an entire family-struggles toward healing.