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Blood, bones & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef (edition 2011)

by Gabrielle Hamilton (Author)

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Title:Blood, bones & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef
Authors:Gabrielle Hamilton (Author)
Info:London : Chatto & Windus, 2011.
Collections:Library Loans, Read but unowned
Tags:non-fiction, biography, chef, cooking, library, read, 2012, pp

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

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    Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen (baystateRA)
    baystateRA: Food memoirs that both start out with the authors' relationships to their mothers and childhood family mealtimes.
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    Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: Under the Tuscan Sun is a dreamier book, gentler and more idealistic than the rough-and-tumble and sometimes drug-soaked Blood, Bones & Butter, but both authors adore Italy and are lavish at showing their love on the pages.
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    Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: Right, so the story Blood, Bones & Butter took a hard left turn to big city living after childhood but the writing style was as honest and uncompromising and as full of food as Little Heathens.
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    Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain (MyriadBooks)
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    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler (VenusofUrbino)
    VenusofUrbino: Hamilton's Prune is basically the same thing as Ezra's Homesick Restaurant.

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For some reason I like to read books by professional cooks, which is weird because I don't particularly like to spend time in the kitchen. I liked this book quite a bit, with one exception that weighed strongly in my rating. The author comes across as very bold and sure of herself. A risk taker. A doer. Yet she ends up in a very puzzling marriage, and it seems inconsistent with everything else about her life. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Another case where someone writes a memoir thinking we all really want to read about their lives. I guess she was jumping on the celebrity chef bandwagon because she hasn't really reached that distinction? Pretty boring.
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
Sigh, I loved this book. Not to be snotty but I feel like if you are an industry person you will appreciate her life so much more. Some say she is crass but, that's how chefs are! That's how they need to be, especially in New York. She didn't sugar coat her life or her upbringing, and I have so much respect for that. She worked really hard and put in the hours to become who she is, and success found her. I've often wondered if I would meet my Michele, and have those summers that she did, I sort of hope I do. Bravo Gabrielle for an honest and detailed history of your life and for such a delicious story that had me nodding and smiling often. ( )
  dmbkel41 | Dec 7, 2016 |
I liked this but her level of rage made me uncomfortable. When the book was about food I was happy, when it was about her mother or husband, I wanted to hide under a table. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
How did this drivel get published at all let alone as a memoir?!?! Unless this book was published under "The Million Little Pieces" definition of memoir- (Sorry James Frey- I love you man but your shenanigans have forever ruined memoirs for me)- where you have a good idea for a story, produce a complete work of fiction and then decide to market it as a memoir. I only got ten pages into the book and was like GIVE ME A BREAK- could Hamilton's childhood have been any more picture perfect? The adjectives! The babbling brooks! The glitter! And she contradicts herself when she speaks about the glorious party her parents hosted for "more than a hundred people" and two pages later specifically says the party was for more than two hundred - so which is it or does this tall tale literally get bigger with each page? So disappointed - I was on the hold list for this book from the library forever and anticipated really enjoying this book. So when the class action suit gets settled for this book (like it did for Frey's) because there is no way this book is anything but a big old load of bulls*&t, do you think I can get reimbursed for the gas I wasted driving to the library to pick this book up? ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
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Though Ms. Hamilton’s brilliantly written new memoir, “Blood, Bones & Butter,” is rhapsodic about food — in every variety, from the humble egg-on-a-roll sandwich served by Greek delis in New York to more esoteric things like “fried zucchini agrodolce with fresh mint and hot chili flakes” — the book is hardly just for foodies. Ms. Hamilton, who has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, is as evocative writing about people and places as she is at writing about cooking, and her memoir does as dazzling a job of summoning her lost childhood as Mary Karr’s “Liars’ Club” and Andre Aciman’s “Out of Egypt” did with theirs.
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This book is dedicated to all of my families--the one I come from, the one I married into, the one I am making with my own children, and the one I cook with every day at the restaurant. You are my blood, my bones, and, for sure, my sweet butter.
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We threw a party. The same party, every year, when I was a kid.
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The chef of New York's East Village Prune restaurant presents an unflinching account of her search for meaning and purpose in the food-central rural New Jersey home of her youth, marked by a first chicken kill, an international backpacking tour and the opening of a first restaurant.… (more)

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