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Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life 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 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 prickly marriage that nonetheless yields lasting dividends By turns epic and intimate, Gabrielle Hamilton s story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion The alternate title for this book I Have an Italian Husband But I Totally Didn t Mean To and Other Reasons Why I m Totally a Legitimate Chef.At first, Hamilton tries to take the Feminist Answer to Anthony Bourdain angle I never wanted to be a chef I was a bad girl druggie I was in the kitchen being vulgar and sexual with all the male cooks in my kitchen but I was also educated Unfortunately, Bourdain actually has wit, something that Hamilton is sorely lacking some of her stories are inte The alternate title for this book I Have an Italian Husband But I Totally Didn t Mean To and Other Reasons Why I m Totally a Legitimate Chef.At first, Hamilton tries to take the Feminist Answer to Anthony Bourdain angle I never wanted to be a chef I was a bad girl druggie I was in the kitchen being vulgar and sexual with all the male cooks in my kitchen but I was also educated Unfortunately, Bourdain actually has wit, something that Hamilton is sorely lacking some of her stories are interesting, but they constantly give the impression that she wants us to think of her as extremely deep and meaningful She must have found out this doesn t work, because she switches tactics halfway through the book and becomes that one friend you knew in school if you lived in a small town she s the one telling you she s related to Princess Di, that she visits London every spring just in time for the roses and the horse races, and oh my god if you ve never had a REAL mint julep you haven t liiiiived darling Her locale of choice is Italy Partially because of her Accidental Italian Husband but we don t talk very much and we re not romantic, she assures us , but mostly because it s the perfect backdrop for her to brag about her Totally Rustic and Real Italian Family and how she never buys produce from anyone but the old man on the side of the road because stores are too clueless and farmer s markets are for hipstersbut, she fails to realize that she s a foodie hipster herself, denouncing everything but the Rustic and Authentic and Undiscovered, as if food is some sort of secret only for those who pass some sort of culinary test of wills that apparently involves beheading chickens somehow Yeah, we know, Gabrielle, your mother was French, your husband s Italian, and you re in the boys club of chefs even though GODDAMN IT S SO HARD TO DO WHILE WRANGLING TWO KIDS Maybe if you want to feel legitimized as a chef and not a female chef, you should take your own advice and focus on what you do rather than your oh so unique womanly struggles or the fact that you use your family to give yourself permission to cookit d probably be a less eye rolling read, anyway On my copy of this book, there was a gushing quote from Anthony Bourdain Magnificent Simply the best memoir by a chef ever Ever I respectfully disagree I thought Gabrielle Hamilton s memoir was uneven and a bit messy Some parts were well written and engaging, and other parts were so tedious that I couldn t wait to be done with the book Sometimes Gabrielle explains herself well, other times she is maddeningly vague and obtuse She comes across as both empathetic and also arrogant Some st On my copy of this book, there was a gushing quote from Anthony Bourdain Magnificent Simply the best memoir by a chef ever Ever I respectfully disagree I thought Gabrielle Hamilton s memoir was uneven and a bit messy Some parts were well written and engaging, and other parts were so tedious that I couldn t wait to be done with the book Sometimes Gabrielle explains herself well, other times she is maddeningly vague and obtuse She comes across as both empathetic and also arrogant Some stories made her sound so cocky and bitter that it was hard to sympathize when her marriage went south.This memoir covers Gabrielle s childhood her lessons in cooking from her French mother her early experiences of working in the food service industry her time in graduate school her adventure of opening up Prune, her restaurant in New York s East Village her love affairs and her marriage to an Italian man There are some juicy stories here, there are beautiful descriptions of food, there are some thoughtful passages on finding meaning in life and work and relationships There were also times when I was so frustrated with the author that I considered abandoning the book Now that I am finished, I am glad I read this memoir, but it was not a wholly enjoyable experience Sort of like a good meal with an obnoxious dinner companion I d still like to visit her restaurant, though This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I think it went something like this Agent to Gabrielle Hey, you ve had a famous restaurant for a while now and you ve never been on the Food Network, Iron Chef, etc., why not hop on the bandwagon and write a memoir G to Agent Gee, I ve been keeping journals all my life, why not, sure, I m gonna do it.This book pissed me off almost as much as Eat, Pray, Love Self referential a word she uses a lot , snobby, totally devoid of any spark of humor This woman doesn t like paragraphs She ju I think it went something like this Agent to Gabrielle Hey, you ve had a famous restaurant for a while now and you ve never been on the Food Network, Iron Chef, etc., why not hop on the bandwagon and write a memoir G to Agent Gee, I ve been keeping journals all my life, why not, sure, I m gonna do it.This book pissed me off almost as much as Eat, Pray, Love Self referential a word she uses a lot , snobby, totally devoid of any spark of humor This woman doesn t like paragraphs She just goes on and on and on, and really comes off like a self absorbed, albeit talented, very full of herself type of woman Oh, and she s polyamorous, if you can count a green card marriage to a doctor, who she then goes and has two kids with even though they start out living separately She visits her mother after twenty years only because of the death of her brother, and apparently hates her, even though to me she seems a lot like her mother.I don t know why she titled the book reluctant chef it s all she ever did, really, except for getting a masters at U of Michigan the Harvard of the midwest where she trashes all her fellow students, mainly because she s not up to speed with the terminology of literature.Aargggh The only part of the book that remotely touched me was the end, where she realizes her Italian mother in law is aging and may not be around for the annual month in Italy.Never does she mention putting love into her food To her it seems like a battle to get the orders out, and her terrific work ethic, and that she is better than anyone else.I have no doubt this will be a best sold on the NY Times, and maybe it s just me, but I found Ms Hamilton to be an utterly unappealing, unintersting and even souless person I m not saying don t read it, but be warned, this lady is really impressed with herself Toward the end of Hamilton s interminable chef memoir, she admits to having a certain sense of Gallic superiority to the rest of the world Hoo boy, is that an understatement While Hamilton s recollections of her unconventional childhood and rise to celebrity as the owner of Prune offer up a credible pastiche of MFA style literary writing, the author s personality is so off putting that I found the book nearly unreadable.When Hamilton is talking about cooking, or about the restaurant industry a Toward the end of Hamilton s interminable chef memoir, she admits to having a certain sense of Gallic superiority to the rest of the world Hoo boy, is that an understatement While Hamilton s recollections of her unconventional childhood and rise to celebrity as the owner of Prune offer up a credible pastiche of MFA style literary writing, the author s personality is so off putting that I found the book nearly unreadable.When Hamilton is talking about cooking, or about the restaurant industry and its quirks, she s very nearly engaging that is, if one can overlook her arty tendency to switch between first person past and second person present tense narrative on the turn of a very thinly sliced wafer of pancetta Hamilton s narrative style rests on the piling on of rich layers of detail, however, yet throughout long passages of the book I found myself distrusting the accuracy of those details I raised an eyebrow, for example, when she described driving down from Ann Arbor, Michigan, across 8 Mile Road into downtown Detroit a nice shout out to one of Detroit sinfamous landmarks, but a geographically dubious route into the city And it s outright disingenuous of her to spout foodie nonsense about how her childhood once a week dessert was a single square of really good imported chocolate or a lightly sweetened slice of buttered bread, when she s mentioned, only a few pages before, gorging on Tastykakes If one can t trust the details, what, exactly, can one relate to in a memoir like this Certainly not the thorn skinned author, herself A similar tone of superiority mars a good deal of the narrative Hamilton dislikes children and their preference for French fries and macaroni and cheese over that single square of really good chocolate, or any of theexotic fares she serves in Prune she s dismissive of their parents and indeed, of anyone who will eat less than gourmet fare instead of skipping a meal altogether She spends a large portion of the book secretly mocking and sniggering at her graduate school comrades only to turn around and justify the behavior by accusing them of condescending to her And the meandering last third of her book turns on the cold fury she experiences, and the subsequent two week silent treatment she gives to her long suffering husband when he mentions that he d like to buy a new iPhone There really is some minutiae that probably should be left out of a memoir, apparently