Have you ever stood in the dark kitchen urgently devouring insane amounts of frozen challah dipped in honey, listening intently for approaching humans? After a lifetime of getting knocked to the ground by the onslaught of food imbued in Jewish life while praying for a way out, Naomi Joseph wrote the rules of Binge and Sprint. Use cake as a fortitude to plow ahead, keep achieving, and never let the world see you suffer. Never idle, Joseph takes the reader on her four-decade journey as a Modern Orthodox Jew through childhood, college, marriage, comparison, infertility, business, keeping up with the Schwartz’s, and caring for children and ailing parents all while chained to her secret burden. Readers will understand their own darkness in the midst of “the good life” as the shameful shroud is blown off of the taboo war with food. Poignant and hilarious, Joseph’s journey will help the reader connect to their Higher Power, and lean into their greatness as they incorporate the many lessons that brought her to recovery into their own lives.
Binge and Sprint: From Endless Cake to Recovery
September 1, 2020
Courtesy of Naomi Joseph
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