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Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review And Preview: Slice Harvester: A Memoir In Pizza By Colin Atrophy Hagendorf

This is a book review and preview of Slice Harvester: A Memoir In Pizza by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf this is due to be published by Simon and Schuster on 11 August 2015.

Colin is an adult punk rocker and aspiring long term sober guy. He loves eating pizza, working to dismantle systematic structures of oppression and carefree afternoon naps. He lives in Queens with his three cats.

The fact that this book is written by a blogger (like me!), it's about food (I love food!) and is based in New York (where I'm travelling to soon!) put three big ticks next to this book as a must read for me.

This is a fun memoir of Colin a 20 something bad boy who on 11 August 2009 and then over the course of the next 2 years until 22 November 2011 eats 435 plain pizza slices from every pizzeria in Manhattan, New York City.

Colin starts a blog Slice Harvester to document and review the pizzas, grows a large following and fan base and appears in newspapers and on radio shows.

This book is written as diary entries with the pizza place, a star rating and summary of the slice. What follows is a chapter on Colin reminiscing about a memory from his childhood, teenage years, or life now with his family, friends and girlfriend. Colin may have a punk rocker exterior but on the inside he has a lot to say and as the pizza eating and thinking continues you see a softer side to him.

The writing is honest and open, cheeky and fun, in a no sugar coating it way. This book was easy to read and I finished it in a few days.

Be warned - you will crave pizza the entire way through! When I land in NYC I'm going straight to Pizza Suprema to devour a 8 star slice!

I recommend this book to pizza lovers.

I give this book 4 stars out of  5

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch paint dry than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd give up a bottle of the worlds best champagne for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

Slice Harvester can be purchased from the author here and Simon and Schuster here

Sharing my book review on Good Reads here and Netgalley

Disclosure:  NetGalley partner with bloggers such as me to help promote authors and their books and I was given this ebook published by Simon and Schuster to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Oh my goodness, what a cool idea! I can't believe he ate that many slices of pizza, though. We landed up eating at one pizza place twice (which is really unlike me on vacation), because we loved their pizza so much. Also, it seemed caprese salads were big at pizza places in NYC! And SO good!


    1. I know right! He use to share the slice with friends as he did about 5 places over a few hours! I can't wait to try a traditional NYC pizza, will have to look out for the caprese salads too. Yummo!


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