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Milk Fed Reviews

Milk Fed by Melissa Broder

Milk Fed

Melissa Broder

3.90 out of 5

5 reviews

Imprint: Bloomsbury Circus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 4 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781408897096
3 stars out of 5
27 Mar 2021

"Melissa Broder’s prose is witty"

There are the same rompily fantastical leanings of Milk Fed’s immediate predecessor, The Pisces, about a woman’s relationship with a merman. Melissa Broder’s prose is witty, but at times so unrelentingly deadpan it is merely dead. The action comes to a head with an argument about Israel-Palestine, which feels like a cheap trick — but it leaves Rachel free to both reconcile with her mother and suck the marrow out of life.


4 stars out of 5
21 Mar 2021

"Milk and motherhood and food and faith and sex and desire are all entertainingly tangled in a mess of archetypes"

There’s a mythic element to it all – is Miriam a golem, representing what Rachel is missing? Does she want a mother, a lover or just a bowl of yoghurt? "More than anything, all I’d ever wanted was a total embrace […] I wanted an infinite yogurt, a mystical and maternal yoghurt". All of the above, then. Milk and motherhood and food and faith and sex and desire are all entertainingly tangled in a mess of archetypes, delivered with a sarky millennial spin. Milk Fed will be too much for some – too list-y, too vulgar, too solipsistic – but others will delight in its excesses. 

4 stars out of 5
Claire Allfree
4 Mar 2021

"A funny, sexy, romance about transgressive desire and whipped cream."

Oh no, I groaned, as the narrator of Melissa Broder’s new book describes her punishingly puritan eating regime in the first few pages. Not another novel about a woman’s screwed-up relationship with her body.

Happily, though, Milk Fed is a rich, sensual comedy about the joys rather than the privations of the flesh, and with a large number of extremely filthy sex scenes.

4 stars out of 5
Patricia Nicol
28 Feb 2021

"exhilarating, bleakly funny "

When Miriam, an orthodox Jewish server at a frozen yoghurt parlour, overfills her cup, the starved Rachel is reborn. She begins gorging, not just on food but also sex; there is even a spiritual hunger to reconnect with her Jewish ancestry. Rachel’s often quite mad sex fantasies can be hair-raising, but also oddly mechanical — the most eroticised, tender and romanticised writing in this singular novel is of food.

4 stars out of 5
Melissa Katsoulis
19 Feb 2021

"This riot of carnal pleasures will make you laugh as well as gasp"

Don’t be put off if Milk Fed sounds a bit disgusting and weird. It is! But that’s love. That’s the point. Luckily, Broder’s deep delving is leavened by a genuinely hilarious turn of phrase and a wicked satirical eye that will make you laugh out loud more than you gasp in horror. If, like me, you are an accidental connoisseur of sexed-up Jewish Orthodox literature, you’ll know what I mean when I say this is Foreskin’s Lament meets Disobedience.If not, get stuck in and find out. Just don’t forget your napkin.