Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control

Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control by Elissa Washuta
Washuta, Elissa. Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control. Portland: Instant Future-Future Tense, 2015.

In Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control, Seattle’s Elissa Washuta—author of 2014’s genre-defying memoir of ethnic identity, sexual trauma, bipolar disorder, and independence, My Body Is a Book of Rules—crafts a personal accounting of her struggle for culinary control, and presents the guidelines she followed as she attempted to shape her body and mind through the food she consumed.

The book’s seemingly simple structure (a series of rules to eat and live by) contrasts with the powerful way she pulls readers into a complicated story of our needs and the cultural pressures that shape us.