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Blood, Bones and Butter

by Emma on June 22, 2011

in Books

I think I first heard about Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter from Entertainment Weekly. Yes, I read that.

I was intrigued by the cover, and by the fact that it’s written by a successful chef (and uh… I like food. Obviously). I know, I know, you should not necessarily judge a book by its cover. But after finishing this fantastic book I have to say, the cover really does fit the contents.

Hamilton is, like, so edgy. And funny. And interesting. With just the right amount of literary gloss and maybe just a pinch or two of (food) snobbery. Even if you are not interested in cooking this is a really fun memoir, Hamilton had such a fascinating life. After her parents divorced when she was a young adolescent she was left alone one summer at the family’s home and had to learn (quickly) how to provide for herself. She got a job, smoked cigarettes, shop lifted clothes and stole a few cars (which she always returned). Before she was even 18 she had already moved to NY and worked at a waitress (serving alcohol) and doing coke in her spare time.

Pretty gritty, huh?

It gets even better though, in my opinion, as you watch Hamilton grow into a (reluctant, at first) chef and eventually own her own successful restaurant and start a family. Her honesty and wit hold you to the very last page though, as she does not leave the reader with a tidy little happily-ever-after ending. She is still wrestling with marital issues and finding her place among her (Italian) in-laws even on the very last page of the book. This leaves a lot of questions the reader (or at least, uh, me) might have unanswered. But I found Hamilton’s voice and perspective truly refreshing, captivating and fun. (I’m sure she would roll her eyes at that last adjective. Ha!)

Loved it. The end.

xo. Emma

{ 16 comments }

Katherine of Kitten's Lost Her Mittens June 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

It sounds really interesting! I love books about food and memoirs, so I’ll have to check this out.

suzy June 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

i’m sold.

Shana Janelle June 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Sounds like a great read. I will add this to my Kindle list. Just found your blog by the way – its great!

Stacey June 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Thanks for the recommendation, sounds right up my ally. Another food/memoir book I loved that you might also enjoy is ‘A Homemade Life’ written by the blogger of Orangette.

Sara June 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I just signed up for an adult summer reading program at my library today and am going to add this to the list. I’m a sucker for memoirs and this sounds right up my alley.

Chelle June 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I read the title of this post and thought it would be a food post. Then I was like, “Wait…isn’t she vegetarian!?” My heart was aflutter for a moment.

Amanda Hope Shelburne June 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I just heard a review of this book yesterday, on NPR’s “On Point” program. It was a panal of 3 book reviewers and this was on their list. It’s on mine, too, now! :)

April June 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

This looks right up my alley. My husband would enjoy it, too. Thanks for the recommendation.

Alyssa June 23, 2011 at 3:13 am

Thanks for the recommendation! I don’t have tons of time to read, but this definitely sounds like something I could finish rather quickly :)

emily ruth June 23, 2011 at 6:33 am

this sounds so great…
thanks, emma!

Bekka June 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Haha! ew.com is a staple on my computer. :) I’m an entertainment info junkie.

Olga June 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I know what you mean about the cover. That’s what would have attracted me to this book. It’s the same reason why I picked up and read the Raw Shark Texts, which turned out to be amazing.

Alexis June 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for posting this, my nannny is going to school to be a chef and I think I’ll get the book for her!

Kacie June 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Great! I love food+book recommendations! Thanks.

Kacie
http://www.acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/

Bron July 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

That sounds like a really interesting read, and one that’s very realistic (ie. it doesn’t have a nice, sweet ending). Sometimes it’s good to read books like that, it gives you a sense of real life in a way. It’s on my list to read now!

Lauren Helen July 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Wow, sounds like an intriguing read!