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

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

by Gabrielle Hamilton

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Miami Herald • Newsday The Huffington Post • Financial Times • GQ • Slate • Men’s Journal • Washington Examiner • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews • National Post • The Toronto Star • BookPage • BookreporterBefore Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand; the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, where she was often fed by complete strangers and learned the essence of hospitality; Hamilton’s own kitchen at Prune, with its many unexpected challenges; and the kitchen of her Italian mother-in-law, who serves as the link between Hamilton’s idyllic past and her own future family—the result of a prickly marriage that nonetheless yields lasting dividends. By turns epic and intimate, Gabrielle Hamilton’s story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion.Features a new essay by Gabrielle Hamilton at the back of the bookLook for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.

Download Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef epub
ISBN: 0812980883
ISBN13: 978-0812980882
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Professionals & Academics
Author: Gabrielle Hamilton
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; First Edition. First Printing. edition (January 24, 2012)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1780 kb
FB2 size: 1494 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 433
Other Formats: mbr azw doc mobi

Humble people who are afraid to take a chance usually don't run successful restaurants in New York. Humble women don't stand a chance. Talented, opinionated, self-reliant people like Gabrielle Hamilton have a chance if they have the talent to back it up, and she has it in spades.

Step by step through her unlikely life, she carries us along on her journey to top chef of Prune restaurant in NYC. Along the way we learn what it takes to be a chef and way they make such lousy spouses. Driven by their desire to excel, and the demands of their profession, they are married to the restaurant with little time or energy left over for people.

This lively account of her life shows the price she pays and whether she thinks it is worth it. Lively, honest and fascinating, it give a glimpse into the life of a top chef.
This is a gritty story, so gritty you sometimes feel as if you're biting on gravel. Gabrielle's style often veers towards stream-of-consciousness, and as she herself admits in her epilogue, she did jump around in time. Maybe this book should not get 5 stars from me, but I found it riveting reading. Not always easy; she sometimes writes with so much suppressed anger, and then her style is so "tight" that I sometimes had to reread a paragraph to get her gist.

From, at first, a superficially happy childhood, to a rudderless, loveless and seemingly parent-less teenage, with drugs, cigarettes and often no money, this woman by pure bloody-mindedness and tenacity fights her way up through menial jobs to be the chef of "Prune", and she still is one of New York's best chefs. Take note that she really is a very hard worker, who doesn't mind cleaning up the most yucky stuff -- she cannot stand disorganization and mess. Hats off to her for that.

Yet the memoir is in many ways too self-centred. She carries within her issues and old angers which the reader picks up on as the story goes on. Her husband Michele seemed to me to be a very nice man, actually, to put up for so long with this impatient woman who (she never admits this) finds it hard to love unconditionally. The (seeming) total lack of communication between her and Michele made me want to shake her and say, "For God's sake, so he's not a talker: YOU talk then!" It seems her way of expressing fury towards him -- often not well understood by the reader -- is to sulk for weeks. And yet somewhere she confesses that although she screams, swears like a sailor, and throws things when angry at Michele, he has never uttered a harsh word towards her. An easy-going woman she is not!

Her one true love, apart from her children (who could well have been created by immaculate conception), is cooking. She's brilliant at that, and to keep a N Y restaurant going on her own takes true grit -- there is no other word for it.

Like another reviewer I also did not understand her dislike, almost hatred, of her mother. She says they're too similar, but that does not ring true, really. And in the end we still do not know much this mother who abandoned most of her children when she left her husband.

I'd recommend this book to any intelligent foodie -- just know it's not always a light or easy read, but it should keep you spellbound.
Gabrielle Hamilton's love of food permeates the entire book. From the beginning of her memoir as an 11 year old, she shows an appreciation of organic food before she knew what organic meant. I can feel her moods change as time goes on; her values remain the same. Her views on women, business, marriage and motherhood are fascinating. If you love food and good writing, this is the book for you.
I do praise the author for her WORDS, each and every one of them. Not very often do we find an English major set to write great books, turning to chefdom and then in accounts of her trade, delivers to her readers many plates full of incredibly honest prose. Life in the NY metropolitan area, learning the craft of chopping, preparing; ultimately her own restaurant, PRUNE. Her recollections of the savoury PA countryside of her younger years, sweet and yet the antithesis of naive. As if NY & PA were not enough in the stewpot, we visit her husband's family & their charming pensione & villa in the Roman countryside. My but who doesn't have a penchant for Italy? Her book so enjoyable a read, there were moments I needed to set it away for fear I would finish it too quickly. The scramble from a life of comfortability to the 'ground' and upwards. She regales us with woefully fun & odd tales of early working gigs, the jaunts & the joints, her years of drugged debauchery which perfected a tough shell, so important in running a restaurant The last chapters of book were pivotal for me. I know what it is to be abroad, to be in the best of circumstances, at a wealthy family villa, magnificent sea views & countryside, the freshest of vegetables & fruits to be selected in front of one's gaze, and yet still be incredibly alone in a relationship where one only dreams of true intimacy, while the other denies a problem exists. One feels the passion in her story. And if one loves to cook, understands the ups & downs even moreso.
I loved this book. Extremely well-written. It gives you a view into the life not only into the life busy of a well-known chef but also a woman, mother, sister, daughter, and wife with all the issues, conflicts, and life-changing decisions made and consequences that ensued. This is a woman I love to get to know and who's food I would so enjoy eating.
I am reading memoirs to "get" ideas (i.e. steal). My agent's ex recommended this as an example of how to successfully pen a non-linear narrative. Subtly done right through the addendum. Hamilton is obviously a woman of action, but I would have liked to hear her speak. She writes her thoughts so well (overly salted ravioli I should have paid attention-wow or brava or second helping please!). However she speaks to her reader less than her husband does to her. She lives a life of tickets, lists and cheeses that sound like manna, and swears, "I will learn this language," yet Hamilton fails to speak her home language to us. If she had perhaps the 3/4 mark of the book would not have gotten soggy much like a splash of water in raw pasta dough. I did enjoy reading this book. I learned so much from the author and not just how to successfully jump time. I missed Prune, but maybe I'll catch her at The Spotted Pig. I would like to thank her and order the cheese plate.