Blood, Bones and Butter : The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Paperback Book

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

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Blood, Bones & Butter follows the chef Gabrielle Hamilton's extraordinary journey through the places she has inhabited over the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with 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; and the kitchen of her beloved Italian mother-in-law, who serves as the link between Hamilton's idyllic past and her own future family. Unflinchingly honest, moving, beautifully crafted and funny, this is a rollicking, passionate story of food, purpose and family.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780099498339

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This is promoted as food writing, with a glowing Bourdain endorsement, but it's really a personal memoir of someone whose life is food. The chapters are almost independent vignettes, beautifully written, each a non-fiction short story. From her rural childhood to setting up her restaurant to visits to Italy with her hopeless husband, you're drawn into her world and the food at the middle of it.

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