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March 21, 2012

I have two books for you. And not just two books…but two autobiographies.

First, I read Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees

Book Description (via Amazon): When a potentially career-ending shoulder injury left quarterback Drew Brees without a team—and facing the daunting task of having to learn to throw a football all over again—coaches around the NFL wondered, Will he ever come back? After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than 80 percent of the city underwater, many wondered, Will the city ever come back? And with their stadium transformed into a makeshift refugee camp, forcing the Saints to play their entire 2005 season on the road, people questioned, Will the Saints ever come back? It takes a special person to turn adversity into success and despair into hope—yet that is exactly what Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees has done—and with the weight of an entire city on his shoulders. Coming Back Stronger is the ultimate comeback story, not only of one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, but also of a city and a team that many had all but given up on. Brees’s inspiring message of hope and encouragement proves that with enough faith, determination, and heart, you can overcome any obstacle life throws your way and not only come back, but come back stronger.

My thoughts: LOVED IT! If you know anything about me at all you know I love football and being an Austin girl I love hometown boy Drew Brees. (for all you Austinities he went to Westlake High School) This book had so many good messages about not giving up and learning to accept and learn from adversity. It really is about coming back stronger. I high recommend this book because it is very inspirational!

Next up, I read Talking With My Mouth Full by Gail Simmons.

 Book Description: When Gail Simmons first graduated from college, she felt hopelessly lost. All her friends were going to graduate school, business school, law school . . . but what was she going to do? Fortunately, a family friend gave her some invaluable advice—make a list of what you love to do, and let that be your guide. Gail wrote down four words:

Eat. Write. Travel. Cook.

Little did she know, those four words would become the basis for a career as a professional eater, cook, food critic, magazine editor, and television star. Today, she’s the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, permanent judge on Top Chef, and Special Projects Director at Food & Wine magazine. She travels all over the world, eats extraordinary food, and meets fascinating people. She’s living the dream that so many of us who love to cook and eat can only imagine. But how did she get there?

Talking with My Mouth Full follows her unusual and inspiring path to success, step-by-step and bite-by-bite. It takes the reader from her early years, growing up in a household where her mother ran a small cooking school, her father made his own wine, and family vacation destinations included Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East; through her adventures at culinary school in New York City and training as an apprentice in two of New York’s most acclaimed kitchens; and on to her time spent assisting Vogue’s legendary food critic Jeffrey Steingarten, working for renowned chef Daniel Boulud, and ultimately landing her current jobs at Food & Wine and on Top Chef. The book is a tribute to the incredible meals and mentors she’s had along the way, examining the somewhat unconventional but always satisfying journey she has taken in order to create a career that didn’t even exist when she first started working toward it.

My Thoughts: This was a delightful read. Gail comes across as honest, funny and heartwarming plus she has some great stories. What I liked most was how she worked her ass off to become successful in a typically male dominated industry. I laughed a lot. I love her in Top Chef and this made me like her even more. It’s a fast read…do it.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. samanthaangela permalink
    March 21, 2012 7:20 am

    I love Gail. She’s so awesome. I definitely would love to have her career.

  2. March 21, 2012 7:57 am

    One of the highlights of my Austin life was having Gail (and Tom!) walk past me as they went to dinner at Barley Swine while in town filming Top Chef. I JUST found out about her book and am glad you gave it a positive review. 🙂

  3. March 21, 2012 10:15 am

    I actually really want to read both of these! Especially Gail’s because I love her. But Drew is my boy, as he’s been my fantasy fball QB 2 years in a row and hasn’t let me down 🙂

  4. March 21, 2012 2:39 pm

    I like Gail! She’s someone you can actually relate to. However, I didn’t know she had this book out…

  5. March 23, 2012 4:41 pm

    I love Gail! Thanks for reviewing this book – I had no idea she had one. Can’t wait to read it now 🙂

  6. gettinfitbritt permalink
    April 3, 2012 5:39 pm

    Love Brees’s book! One of my favorites 🙂 You should read Sean Payton’s book… Home Team! That’s a good one too.

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