Over the course of two years, a twenty-something punk rocker eats a cheese slice from every pizzeria in New York City, gets sober, falls in love, and starts a blog that captures headlines around the world—he is the Slice Harvester, and this is his story.
Since its arrival on US shores in 1905, pizza
has risen from an obscure ethnic food to an iconic symbol of American
culture. It has visited us in our dorm rooms and apartments, sometimes
before we’d even unpacked or painted. It has nourished us during our
jobs, consoled us during break-ups, and celebrated our triumphs right
In August 2009, Colin Hagendorf set out to review
every regular slice of pizza in Manhattan, and his blog, Slice
Harvester, was born. Two years and nearly 400 slices later, he’d been
featured in TheWall Street Journal, the Daily News (New York), and on
radio shows all over the country. Suddenly, this self-proclaimed punk
who was barely making a living doing burrito delivery and selling
handmade zines had a following. But at the same time Colin was stepping
up his game for the masses (grabbing slices with Phoebe Cates and her
teenage daughter, reviewing kosher pizza so you don’t have to), his
personal life was falling apart.
A problem drinker and chronic
bad boyfriend, he started out using the blog as a way to escape—the
hangovers, the midnight arguments, the hangovers again—until finally
realizing that by taking steps to reach a goal day by day, he’d actually
put himself in a place to finally take control of his life for good @goodreads
This book did one thing for me, and that was crave pizza. All I have
done is crave pizza! I had to get a cheese pizza the other day because
of this book. I'm getting one tonight because of this book, but I
Colin decided he wanted to write a blog about eating
all of the pizza in New York. He started out on a Tues, Aug. 11, 2009,
at Grandpa's Brick Oven Pizza. It was good pizza.
of the book you get to hear about Colin's life as a punk rocker, his
alcoholism, eating pizza with friends, eating pizza alone, and his
It was a little interesting at times reading about
his life. I enjoyed going to some of the pizza places and talking about
the pizza. What I would give to try that out some day!
reading a memoir you take the good with the bad. I thought this was
just going to be little tid bits of his life revolving around pizza but
it's a lot about his drinking and drugs, and throwing up every morning,
which I skipped over because I'm trying to enjoy pizza here!
just says what's on his mind and a lot of people will find him rude.
It's just who he is and looked over that and kept going.
only recommend this book to people that want to sit, crave and eat pizza
for however long it takes you to finish this book.
There is a
good ending to the book when he decides to stop drinking and is getting
along better with his girlfriend. And I'm sure, still eating plenty of
*THANK YOU TO NETGALLEY AND THE PUBLISHER FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.**