A Life in Bites

A Life in Bites

Maybe we couldn’t tell you where we’ve been, or how we got there, or whom we’ve met, but we can always tell you what we’ve eaten. The story of our meals can be the story of our lives. And here’s a challenge: Tell it in six words.

Hemingway famously wrote what he called his best short story: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” And the six-word story was born. SMITH (“Everyone Has a Story”) Magazine took the idea and ran with it, asking all kinds of people for their six-word memoirs. These are collected in a book, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous x%x Obscure (Mario Batali’s submission: “Brought it to a boil, often.”)

We like the idea, and in collaboration, SMITH Magazine and CHOW challenge you to define your food life in just six words. Tell us your tiny tale and you could win a copy of SMITH’s new book or even an iPod nano (personalized with your winning submission, of course). Come on—you hungered, you found, you ate. Tell us. What’s your food story?

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About the Book

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure collects almost 1,000 six-word memoirs, including additions from many celebrities like Stephen Colbert, Jane Goodall, Dave Eggers, and more.

Surprisingly addicitive, Not Quite is both a moving peek at the minutiae of humanity and the most literary toilet reading you’ll ever find.