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Hunger, Both Physical And Emotional, In 'The Comfort Food Diaries'

Emily Nunn's sharp memoir chronicles an epic road trip she took in search of comfort — culinary and otherwise — after losing her job, her brother and her fiance and a descent into alcoholism.
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A few years ago, suddenly jobless and homeless, Emily Nunn set out on what she sardonically calls her "journey back from madness." It would culminate in her new memoir, The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart.

Nunn's life had seemed perfect. After a chic career at the (where she co-created the Table for Two restaurant review column), she'd jumped to the ; when she became a recession casualty and got laid off, life was still beautiful because of

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