Eating With My Mouth Open

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To eat is to build upon our collective story. We use food to say, again and again, who we are.'

Eating with My Mouth Open is food writing like you've never seen before: honest, bold, and exceptionally tasty. Sam van Zweden's personal and cultural exploration of food, memory, and hunger revels in body positivity, dissects wellness culture and all its flaws, and shares the joys of being part of a family of chefs.

Celebrating food and all the bodies it nurtures, Eating with My Mouth Open considers the true meaning of nourishment within the broken food system we live in. Not holding back from difficult conversations about mental illness, weight, and wellbeing, Sam van Zweden advocates for body politics that are empowering, productive, and meaningful.

About the Author

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, mental health and the body. Her writing has appeared in the Saturday Paper, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, the Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her work has been shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, the Lifted Brow and on/fictionLab Experimental Nonfiction Writing Prize, and the Lord Mayor's Creative Writing Awards. Eating with My Mouth Open won the 2019 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.