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Fatty fatty boom boom : a memoir of food, fat, and family  Cover Image Book Book

Fatty fatty boom boom : a memoir of food, fat, and family / Rabia Chaudry.

Chaudry, Rabia, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781643750385
  • ISBN: 1643750380
  • Physical Description: 342 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2022.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Doodh, dhai, makhan : milk, yoghurt, butter -- Pakoray, shakory -- Artay ki bori : a sack of flour -- Jal bin machli : a fish out of water -- Daal may kuch kala : something black in the daal -- Kabab may haddi : a bone in the kabab -- Ghaans phoos : rabbit food -- Gosht khor : meat eaters -- Chawal ki bori : a sack of rice -- Gur naal ishq mithaa : a love sweeter than jaggery -- Epilogue : Goal weight.
Summary, etc.:
"My entire life I have been less fat and more fat, but never not fat." According to family lore, when Rabia Chaudry’s family returned to Pakistan for their first visit since moving to the United States, two-year-old Rabia was more than just a pudgy toddler. Dada Abu, her fit and sprightly grandfather, attempted to pick her up but had to put her straight back down, demanding of Chaudry’s mother: “What have you done to her?” The answer was two full bottles of half-and-half per day, frozen butter sticks to gnaw on, and lots and lots of American processed foods. And yet, despite her parents plying her with all the wrong foods as they discovered Burger King and Dairy Queen, they were highly concerned for the future for their large-sized daughter. How would she ever find a suitable husband? There was merciless teasing by uncles, cousins, and kids at school, but Chaudry always loved food too much to hold a grudge against it. Soon she would leave behind fast food and come to love the Pakistani foods of her heritage, learning to cook them with wholesome ingredients and eat them in moderation. At once a love letter (with recipes) to fresh roti, chaat, chicken biryani, ghee, pakoras, shorba, parathay and an often hilarious dissection of life in a Muslim immigrant family, Fatty Fatty Boom Boom is also a searingly honest portrait of a woman grappling with a body that gets the job done but that refuses to meet the expectations of others. Chaudry's memoir offers readers a relatable and powerful voice on the controversial topic of body image, one that dispenses with the politics and gets to what every woman who has ever struggled with weight will relate to. Provided by publisher.
Subject: Chaudry, Rabia.
Pakistani American women > Biography.
Pakistani Americans > Biography.
Pakistani Americans > Food.
Pakistani Americans > Social life and customs.
Body image > United States > Psychological aspects.
Overweight persons > United States > Social conditions.
Body image > Psychological aspects.
Pakistani American women.
Pakistani Americans.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 305.8914 CHAUDRY 2022 (Text) 0001012493179 Nonfiction New Checked out 12/01/2022

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