Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

The Book: Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
Grade: A (or maybe A+?)
A Must Read Chef/Writer
Why I picked it Up: 
A good friend of mine, and a fellow book-lover, suggested I read 'Blood, Bones & Butter', and then made certain I would by pressing her copy into my hands.

Why I finished it:
The rarest of books - one that makes you get off the page and into the online world so you can find out more about the author. One that makes you want to read more words by her, so  you look for a blog or an interview or anything Gabrielle has written beyond those on this NYT Bestseller of a book.

The Story:
Gabrielle's unplanned journey into the world of being a professional Chef and Author, starting with her family's annual large-scale sheep-roast dinner parties while growing up. She marries, has kids, sojourns in Italy every year, yet remains lonely and disaffected in turn. Somehow, we can all identify, I think.

It's hard to cook for kids, and when something doesn't appeal to them, instead of saying a polite 'no thank you', they instead break into a giant yuk face and shriek "ewww" right in front of you, as if you had no feelings at all. There wer moments that summer when I felt more distressed by a nine-year-old's disgust with a fleck of basil in his tomato sauce than I had in the entire previous decade when ostensibly more serious failures had occurred. 
Gabrielle's restaurant Prune 
Book and Author Website
A very detailed and accurate review at The Age - The reluctant chef stars
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  1. This sounds like an interesting book!

  2. It really is! Even if it is out of the usual run of books you read :)

  3. Such high praise, there really isn't a much better recommendation for this book. A disaster in the kitchen myself I'm in awe of anyone who can cook like this.


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