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The Man Who Couldn’t Eat

Thursday, September 15, 2011

James Beard Award–winning food writer Jon Reiner talks about what happened when his doctor ordered him to stop eating. He had a history of Crohn's disease and when emergency surgery resulted in a severely infected abdomen, among other complications, he was forced to get his nutrition intravenously. His new memoir, The Man Who Couldn’t Eat, recounts the singular experience of not eating at all and the details of his treatment, while chronicling its impact on the author, his wife, and his two young sons.

Guests:

Jon Reiner

Comments [12]

Sue from NYC


Both my mother + brother have had Chrones/Colitis their entire lives. It changed their lifestyle's & caused many surgeries for both.
This is not a disease i would want to see anyone have. I watched this disease cause huge physical suffering to both of them as a kid to now. They would have to withdrawl from their social lives as they never knew when they would be hit with a flareup, & many visits to the ER, and hospitalisations. And imagine Mr. Reiner not being able to eat food thru the mouth for 3 months. Torture. He is strong man.

Sep. 15 2011 01:31 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

There is lesson in this. If you have Crohn’s Disease it might be best to take your eating habits seriously. That black rice with husks may not be such a bad thing. You may avoid an intestinal explosion.

Sep. 15 2011 01:27 PM
A.M. from Manhattan

Okay, okay, this segment was actually neither gross nor boring, thanks to the wit and energy of both interlocutors. Thanks.

Sep. 15 2011 01:22 PM
Rita from Queens

The guest's facetious comment that he "loves the obese" because he couldn't eat is quite offensive. Obesity often causes tremendous suffering and devastates people's lives. I'm sure Mr. Reiner does not wish he were obese. Some things just aren't funny.

Sep. 15 2011 01:20 PM
Tony from Canarsie

anonymous from nyc -- Perhaps you should write about your experience, instead of anonymously insulting people who actually do something with their lives.

Sep. 15 2011 01:19 PM
Tony from Canarsie

anonymous from nyc -- Perhaps you should write about your experience, instead of anonymously insulting people who actually do something with their lives.

Sep. 15 2011 01:17 PM
Wayne Johnson from Brooklyn

A Vegan diet, not James Beard, but much healthier, will help prevent Crohns.

Sep. 15 2011 01:11 PM
Susan Hellauer from Nyack, NY

The English phrase is really a translation of the German saying: Man ist was er isst (One is what he eats).

Sep. 15 2011 01:08 PM
A.M. from Manhattan

Sadly, Anonymous, unlike you, Mr. Reiner had not yet achieved obscurity when "this" happened to him. Another apparent difference is that he was a food critic at the time (unless your "this" is so vast as to include that distinction as well).

<<anonymous from nyc

geez - I didn't realize that when this happened to me over 20 years ago, I could have written a book about it...>>

Sep. 15 2011 01:08 PM
A.M. from Manhattan

Is this a plot to dumb all the gross and boring segments on the poor substitute host? Give the under-dude a break!

Sep. 15 2011 01:03 PM
anonymous from nyc

geez - I didn't realize that when this happened to me over 20 years ago, I could have written a book about it...

Sep. 15 2011 12:48 PM
Laura Hussein from Chicago

Bravo, Mr. Reiner!

Sep. 14 2011 10:40 PM

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