The beautiful and long-awaited memoir from the cherished founding father of the James Beard Award-winning site Leite’s Culinaria—a candid, brave, and every now and then laugh-out-loud shaggy dog story of relations, nutrients, psychological sickness, and sexual identity.
Born right into a kinfolk of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up within the Nineteen Sixties in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese domestic in Fall River, Massachusetts. A smart and made up our minds dreamer with a brilliant mind's eye and an aptitude for the dramatic, “Banana” as his mom endearingly known as him, yearned to reside in a middle-class residence with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on tv, and fell in love with every thing French, due to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. yet David additionally struggled with the emotional devastation of manic melancholy. until eventually he was once clinically determined in his mid-thirties, David came upon aid from his wild temper swings in learning approximately meals, gazing Julia baby, and cooking for others.
Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly sincere, but soft memoir of transforming into up, accepting himself, and turning his love of meals into an award-winning profession. Reminiscing concerning the humans and occasions that formed him, David appears again on the highs and lows of his existence: from his rejection of being homosexual and his try and “turn immediately” via Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown long island, to turning into a author, cookbook writer, and net writer, to his twenty-four-year dating with Alan, identified to hundreds of thousands of David’s readers as “The One,” which begun with (what else?) nutrients. in the course of the trip, David returns to his stoves and tables, and people of his family members, as a manner of grounding himself.
A mixture of Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet brain, the nutrients memoirs through Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banana is a dinner party that dazzles, delights, and, finally, heals.