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Surprising and very inspiring
on 2 November 2011
Eat Pray Eat was actually less about eating than I expected, and if you're looking for the 10 best Mango Lassi recipes, this might not be for you. It's the unfolding of a full blown mid-life crisis, in a brutally honest and mostly hilarious (though at times tragic comic) way. It's about eating too much, drinking too much, obsessing too much, wanting too much. I relate.
Even though there are plenty of great bits on Indian food in the book, the most interesting theme for me, surprisingly, became the existential self-therapy he is more or less willingly thrown into. I would ordinarily skip the yoga boot camp chapters out of sheer Chick Lit phobia, but as he undergoes his transformation while maintaining a healthy distance to mumbo jumbo spiritualism, palm readings etc., it all became very gripping.
As always with Michael Booth, this is a food and travel writing at it's best, but given the more serious backdrop it also became a personal, insightful and very inspiring experience.