Blood, Bones, and Butter

Blood, Bones, and Butter

[the Inadvertent Education of A Reluctant Chef]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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 * Bookreporter

"I wanted the lettuce and eggs at room temperature . . . the butter-and-sugar sandwiches we ate after school for snack . . . the marrow bones my mother made us eat as kids that I grew to crave as an adult. . . . There would be no 'conceptual' or 'intellectual' food, just the salty, sweet, starchy, brothy, crispy things that one craves when one is actually hungry. In ecstatic farewell to my years of corporate catering, we would never serve anything but a martini in a martini glass. Preferably gin."

Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton's ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors. The smells of spit-roasted lamb, apple wood smoke, and rosemary garlic marinade became as necessary to her as her own skin.

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; the soulless catering factories that helped pay the rent; 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 difficult and prickly marriage that nonetheless yields rich and lasting dividends.

Blood, Bones & Butter is an unflinching and lyrical work. Gabrielle Hamilton's story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion. By turns epic and intimate, it marks the debut of a tremendous literary talent.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2011
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781415943755
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
Additional Contributors: Hamilton, Gabrielle
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LPL_KateG Apr 27, 2016

I love books that are narrated well by the actual author. Hamilton takes us through her interesting childhood, tumultuous early adulthood, and into hitting her stride as a "reluctant" chef. Really enjoyed this one!

JCLHopeH May 14, 2013

Hamilton has a pretty straight tone as a reader, which made me hesitant at first, but it’s true to her personality and works surprisingly well as a listener. I generally enjoy biographical pieces, and this was no exception. An interesting glimpse into a life far different from my own. I love food, I love travel, and I love learning about people’s lives that are so totally different from mine. Through Hamilton’s memoir I vicariously attempted various kitchen jobs, trounced about far away cities, and explored new relationships, all while gaining a greater appreciation for the craft of preparing a meal.

Oct 13, 2012

I found this book far to wordy.

Apr 10, 2012

If you don't mind the "Soprano" ending, BB&B is beautifully written with chapter after chapter of unbelievable events which must be processed before proceeding onto the next chapter. Confusing at times, the author will seemingly love something in one chapter and hate it in a subsequent chapter. The unfulfilling ending which leaves you with many unanswered questions, forces you to accept the author for who she is and to reconcile that she herself does not know why she does what she does. In the end, you admire her hard work ethic which enables her to survive and appreciate her well-written book.

Sep 07, 2011

Surprisingly interesting, even inspiring. I don't think the author will ever be satisfied, but it's fun to listen to her stories.

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Sep 12, 2017

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