Talking with My Mouth Full: Reading Gail Simmons’ Book

When you walk through the aisles of your local bookstore scroll through the book section of, you’ll notice it is lousy with female memoirs. You can read a book from anyone from Judi Dench to Jenny McCarthy (pass on Jenny, but…Dame Judi Dench? YES PLEASE.)

I think we’re in the age of the great female autobiography.

Is that a thing? No.

Am I making it a thing? YES.

Disgruntled Blog Reader 1: Now, Bethany, what does this have to do with food?
Disgruntled Blog Reader 2: Yeah, the only books you should be reviewing are cookbooks.
Gruntled Blog Reader 3: Hi, is this Anna Keller’s blog?

To DBR1: It does. Stay with me.
To DBR2: It is…sorta. Stay with me.
TO GBR3: No, you can visit that excellent blog at

I just finished Gail Simmons’ book Talking with My Mouth Full and I have to say that she inspired me so much. I’ve always loved her on Top Chef, giving sound culinary critique with poise and a sharp wit. But I didn’t know too much about her until I read her book.

Broad strokes of what I learned about Gail:

She’s Canadian. She’s funny. She loves to eat and travel. She loves her friends and family. She started her professional life before her dream job even existed. She worked hard through every phase of her career, gleaning everything from each position before she moves onto the next. That’s insatiable desire to learn inspiring, if you ask me.

Oh yeah, she also has an ability to describe a meal that makes you want to slap your momma it sounds so delicious. I’ve never been so hungry while reading.

This book, along with Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? should be required reading for all women, particularly young professional women. Women who want to work hard, who want to enjoy their careers and their lives, who love and depend upon their friends and family. And particularly women whose appetite, both literal and figurative, is insatiable.

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