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Blood, bones, & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef
Hamilton, Gabrielle
Adult Nonfiction TX649.H345 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Chef and restaurateur Hamilton, chef/owner of the acclaimed New York City restaurant Prune, offers a sensuous and evocative memoir of her rural Pennsylvania childhood and her training as writer and chef. The youngest of five children raised by a glamorous French former ballerina and a theater set designer, Hamilton grew up petted and unsupervised, free to roam with packs of neighborhood children who wore, according to the season, "mud suits or snowsuits." Hamilton's account is studded with precise observations made in felicitous prose that brings her "wild castle" of a home to life, as well as her lost years after her parents' divorce. Unfortunately, Hamilton is a poor reader of her own material. Her voice is monotone and scarcely strains to communicate drama. There's a reserve and coldness that does not melt away, a listlessness at odds with the intelligence and energy of the prose, the warmth of her humor, and her lush descriptions. A Random hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Hamilton, chef and owner of notable New York City restaurant Prune, begins her memoir with a lyrical chapter, "Blood," on her early childhood and family, which was excerpted in the January 17 issue of The New Yorker. Next, in "Bones," she describes her teen years and youth as her family split apart, along with her discovery of her life's work through the influence of a mentor. In "Butter," Hamilton presents disparate strands on relationships, her mother, marriage, parenthood, and feminism in a male-dominated industry as she jumps from place to place and time to time. The scenes of "Italian Italian" family life and leisure are charming, and the warm presence and influence of the matriarch, her mother-in-law, is delightful; however, her tone in this section is scattershot. Verdict Although this memoir by a highly successful chef/restaurant owner with a master's degree in fiction writing left this reviewer hungry and ultimately dissatisfied, blurbs from Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali and a 17-city tour will drive interest. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/10.]-Grace Shanahan, formerly with Brooklyn P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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