Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

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Vintage, Mar 1, 2012 - Chefs - 291 pages
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If you were to take the heartfelt food memories of Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone, mix them with the complex family relationships of Augusten Burroughs's Running with Scissors, throw in a little of the behind-the-scenes revelations of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, then strip the mixture down to its grittiest core, you'd get a sense of Blood, Bones, and Butter. This book follows Gabrielle Hamilton's culinary education - from growing up in a food-centric rural home in New Jersey with a French mother and bohemian father, to killing her first chicken, to the great adventure of backpacking around the world alone at nineteen, to the vagaries of finally opening her own restaurant in New York City. In between are the often beautiful and sometimes coarse stories of all the places and people who shaped her journey.

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User Review  - Mad.River.Librarian - LibraryThing

A foodie book not just for foodies, Gabrielle Hamilton nails her memoir. Simply nails it. Her unconventional childhood, her subsequent untethered adolescence via divorce, her backpacking young ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sayantani - Goodreads

I have never felt this much empathy for every other character but the protagonist in a book. There is a lot of beautiful writing in here and the food descriptions are so rich and detailed you might go ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York's East Village. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur and Food & Wine. She has also authored the eight-week 'The Chef' column in the New York Times, and her work has been anthologized in six volumes of Best Food Writing. She has appeared on Martha Stewart and the Food Network, among other TV shows. She currently lives in Manhattan with her two sons.

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