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Notes on a Banana - A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression

David Leite

The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite's Culinaria-a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity. Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, "Banana" as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named "Thor." Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to "turn straight" through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David's readers as "The One," which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves-the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success. A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirs of 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 feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.

The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite's Culinaria-a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity. Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, "Banana" as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named "Thor." Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to "turn straight" through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David's readers as "The One," which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves-the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success. A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirs of 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 feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.
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The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite's Culinaria-a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity. Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, "Banana" as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named "Thor." Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to "turn straight" through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David's readers as "The One," which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves-the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success. A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirs of 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 feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.

Language:

English

Length:

11h 59m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

04:04


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

20:21


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

15:53


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

10:48


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

12:16


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

15:57


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

08:32


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

06:47


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

25:16


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

21:41


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

26:10


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

22:32


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

21:26


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

34:53


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

20:43


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

30:19


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

19:35


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

18:50


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

27:02


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

20:12


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

15:34


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

10:08


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

33:01


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

19:02


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

27:56


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

24:35


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

10:46


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

14:18


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

10:56


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

19:27


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

18:05


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

21:45


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

20:00


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

12:42


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

09:54


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

07:37


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

08:08


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

05:52


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

15:32


Part 3, Chapter 39
Part 3, Chapter 39

13:07


Part 3, Chapter 40
Part 3, Chapter 40

12:27


Part 3, Chapter 41
Part 3, Chapter 41

04:25


Part 3, Chapter 42
Part 3, Chapter 42

00:55