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April 3, 2011

12 Down, 40 To Go "Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Being both a foodie and an avid cook, I love to read about food. Over a hundred cookbooks line my bookshelves, and my food bookmarks in my browser are rivaled in number only by literary and music selections. However, I find the modern food memoir often lets me down. Over the past couple of years only two food memoirs truly stood out, Jason Sheehan's Cooking Dirty and Bill Buford's Heat. Now I can add Gabrielle Hamilton's memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef to that list.

Hamilton captures her life with unflinching honesty and graceful detail, her intelligence pulses through every page. Her love for food is matched by her incredible work ethic in this memoir, one that is both incredibly well-written and fascinating.

My next book is Andre Dubus III's memoir, Townie.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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musician/author interviews
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