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You Have to Fucking Eat

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The long-awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times best-selling classic Go the Fuck to Sleep.

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What people are saying…

A New York Times Best Seller

One of BookRiot’s Must-Read Books from Indie Presses for 2014

One of Flavorwire’s 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014

You Have to F***ing Eat makes parents of picky eaters smile.”
TODAY Parents

“Adam Mansbach . . . will delight exhausted and exasperated parents everywhere for a second time with You Have to F**king Eat—another children’s book that is most definitely not for children.”
Entertainment Weekly

“An equally hilarious ode to kids at the table.”
Huffington Post

“Parents, Adam Mansbach gets you. He understood that sometimes your kids just won’t go the f**k to sleep. And, in his new foulmouthed bedtime book for parents out Wednesday, he understands that sometimes they just won’t f**king eat. And he knows, well, it’s really f**king annoying. So how about some f**king comic relief?”

“A likeable variation on a universal f**king theme.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A hilarious sendup of the eternal fight between kids and their parents over what to eat and when—if at all.”
New York Journal of Books

“If you’re a frustrated parent with a picky child, or even just one who appreciates ‘deranged’ humor, especially humor that rhymes, this is a terrific read for you . . . Parents will enjoy a good chuckle and subtle reminder that everything is better, including parenthood, if tackled with a little bit of humor.”
San Francisco Book Review

You Have to F**cking Eat, Sequel to Go the F**k to Sleep, Is Finally F**king Coming . . . It will arrive just in time to gift it to your brother-in-law, who, upon unwrapping it, will clutch it immediately to his chest and shake his head furiously at his waist-high daughter as she claws at him with her chewed up nails. ‘No, no, it’s not for you,’ he’ll say, laughing and crying at the same time.”

“An uproarious spoof of bedtime board books.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A 21st-century bedtime story for the ages (and all ages) if there ever was one.”
Bay Area Reporter

“Parents, when your precious angel rips you from your three hours of sleep to demand food that he won’t actually eat, you’ll want this f’ing book.”

“Forthcoming new book by genius funnyman Adam Mansbach.”

“Mansbach freely, fabulously curses out the uncensored truth; Brozman makes sure you’ll recognize your irresistible, equitably diverse mini-mes with those all-too-familiar expressions, from utter disdain to overwhelming trust and every little eyeball roll in between.”
BookDragon/Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

“If your kid has never presented you with some new mind-boggling preference at mealtime, I suspect you’re lying.”
Persephone Magazine

“This book is genius. It is what every parent is thinking when their child refuses dinner.”
Old School/New School Mom

“With this soon-to-be crude classic, Adam Mansbach has nailed it with his undeniable animal/child comparsions all cozily complimented by Owen Brozman’s humorous illustration—we dare you not to giggle into your eggnog.”
Curious Mom

“Illustrations are just as enjoyable and the narrative again paints the perfect picture.”
Roundtable Reviews

You Have to F**king Eat just begs to be given as a gift.”
What The Flicka

“A great parent poem that all who deal with kids at meal time will appreciate.”
Maria’s Space

“What’s great about this book is the juxtaposition between the profane text and the idyllic illustrations.”
I’ve Read This

“I’m so happy to have this book in my collection. I won’t hesitate to make anyone who sits at my table for a meal read this before they eat!”
The Reading Vixens

“Get a copy today. And grab one for your friend whose kid will only eat foods that are white. They will thank you.”
Absolute Mommy

“Mansbach’s offering is so simple that it’s genius . . . Eat already has bestseller written all over it.”
Yummy Mummy Club


From the author of the international best seller Go the Fuck to Sleep comes a long-awaited sequel about the other great parental frustration: getting your little angel to eat something that even vaguely resembles a normal meal. Profane, loving, and deeply cathartic, You Have to Fucking Eat breaks the code of child-rearing silence, giving moms and dads new, old, grand- and expectant, a much-needed chance to laugh about a universal problem.

A perfect gift book like the smash hit Go the Fuck to Sleep (over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide!), You Have to Fucking Eat perfectly captures Mansbach’s trademark humor, which is simultaneously affectionate and radically honest. You probably shouldn’t read it to your kids.

View a sample spread from You Have to Fucking Eat below (click to enlarge):


Be sure to check out Go the Fuck to Sleep (the original); Seriously, Just Go to Sleep (the kid-friendly version); and Go de Rass to Sleep (the classic translated into Jamaican patois)!

Read an interview with Adam Mansbach at the New York Times.

Also check out additional interviews with Adam Mansbach at the Washington Post, TODAY Parents, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Yahoo Parenting, Canada AM, Q (CBC Radio), the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Daily News, Haartez, the Times of Israel, the South China Morning Post, Playboy, Fast Company, PopSugar Moms, Kveller, Diablo Magazine, Let’s Talk Live, Rants from My Crazy Kitchen, and The Cipher.

Check out Adam Mansbach’s “tips” for getting kids to eat at Salon.

Read an essay by Adam Mansbach at BuzzFeed.

Read features on You Have to Fucking Eat at PBS NewsHour, Today’s Parent Magazine, the Newark Star Ledger, Babble.com, Finding Dutchland, and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the Christian Science Monitor, and The Globe and Mail.

Read an interview with Adam Mansbach and a review of You Have to Fucking Eat at Dads Who Diaper.

Listen to a playlist compiled by Adam Mansbach — reflecting his daughter’s “current interests in ‘underwater music,’ breakbeats, soundclash tunes, and Damian Marley” — at All Things Go Music.

Check out Adam Mansbach’s top five foods and Twitter accounts at The Infatuation.

Listen to a podcast featuring Adam Mansbach at City Dads Group.

Click here to listen to Matt Preston (of Masterchef Australia) read You Have to Fucking Eat.

See below for a video of Adam Mansbach’s appearance on the TODAY Show (and click here for a short feature at TODAY Parents).

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Watch an interview with Adam Mansbach on Fox & Friends:

And also check out this parenting panel on Fox & Friends featuring Adam Mansbach:

Listen to a short clip of Bryan Cranston‘s Audible recording of You Have to Fucking Eat:

Listen to the UK audiobook of You Have to Fucking Eat, performed by Stephen Fry:

Watch an interview with Adam Mansbach at PBS NewsHour:

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Published: 11/12/14
  • IBSN: 9781617753787
  • e-IBSN: 9781617753794


ADAM MANSBACH is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, as well as the novels The Golem of Brooklyn, Rage Is Back, The End of the Jews, (winner of the California Book Award), and Angry Black White Boy, and the memoir-in-verse I Had a Brother Once. With Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, he coauthored For This We Left Egypt? and the best-selling A Field Guide to the Jewish People. His books for young readers include the New York Times bestseller Just Try One Bite and the award-winning Jake the Fake Series. Cocoa the Tour Dog, coauthored with the band Stick Figure, is his latest book.

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OWEN BROZMAN is the illustrator of the New York Times best seller You Have to Fucking Eat, Kindness & Salt, and the acclaimed graphic novel Nature of the Beast. He has illustrated for National Geographic, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, Ninja Tune, Scholastic, and numerous other clients. His work has been recognized by 3×3 magazine, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Creative Quarterly, and many more. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Fuck, Now There Are Two of You is his latest book.

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