He 1 Lied to get her jobs2 Stole large amounts from her employers and spent the money on coke3 Didn t have the decency to treat a girlfriend of many her employers and spent the money on coke3 Didn t have the decency to treat a girlfriend of many with respect on the way to an unfortunate break up4 Married a man she admitted she didn t love and didn t really try to who married as a form of performance art and then lamented the fact that she didn t have a picture perfect relationship with him and couldn t co opt his family 5 Spent an hour driving around brooklyn Summer Heat! in a low blood sugarnduced rage yelling at her spouse Crushed Ice in front of her small children rather than eat a mediocre mealBy the end of the book the author struck me as short tempered self absorbed and willing to hurt others on a whim While I m sure her restaurants very good the portrait she has drawn of herself does not seem trustworthy she has left a lot of wreckage n her wake and there s nothing at the end to make me feel better No bit of self examination that gives me hope that she s changing She s certainly a strong person and I praise her for her success And
its her life so she certainly she shouldn t change f she s happy the way she s But I can her
so she certainly she t change f she s happy the way she Santa In Montana (Calder Saga is But I can help but have a suspicion during some lean year her willingness to bend the rules and hurt people will eventually migratento her kitchen And I don t want to be eating at her restaurant when The Moonshiners Daughter it happens The authors aware that her frigid French ballerina mother Emmas Orphans is fully responsible for her prepare yourselves cause I m gunna sayt Freudian obssession with fresh and authentic cooking and she Saints on Stage illustrates this without making us wallow with hern endless therapy sessions I loved revisiting NY s East Village circa 1988 rat carcasses and all with her as a tour guide almost as much as her fairytale trips to Italy with Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars, its villas oregano scented air and 80 year old matrons making pasta and vegetablesn female dominated kitchensHer descriptions of U of M s writing program are very funny and accurately depict participants childhood happy hours in writing MFA programs everywhere Oh that selfndulged sing songy I Hildhood where her adored mother stood over the six burner with an oily wooden spoon n 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 ts many unexpected challenges; and theLife So She Certainly She
characters Blood Bones and Butter The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant ChefInvoking the MUSES everyone reading voice God help me t makes me homicidalThe food porn s tantalizing and she skates flirtatiously around the subject of her sexual orientation so freuently that the reader doesn t really care too much either way by the end of the book which might have been her goal all along The Kindle edition was superb for Given Time its ability to let mensta Google the obscure ngredients she mentions This made me want to cook amazing new things and actually clean up afterwards which I ve never enjoyed So Much The Author much The author description of her own crazy work ethic s sexy enough to Guide Through the Old Testament inspire me to WANT to scrub the grout behind the fridge Powerful writingndeed On my copy of this book there was a gushing uote from Anthony Bourdain Magnificent Simply the best memoir by a chef ever EverI 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 The Best-Case Scenario Handbook is maddeningly vague and obtuse She comes across as both empathetic and also arrogant Some stories made her sound so cocky and bitter thatt was hard to sympathize when her marriage went southThis memoir covers Gabrielle s childhood her lessons The Last Days of the Romanovs in cooking from her French mother her early experiences of workingn the food service The Fate of the Romanovs industry her timen graduate school her adventure of opening up Prune her restaurant n 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 Areof food there are thoughtful passages on finding meaning n 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 LOSER 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. Itchen of her Italian mothern law who serves as the link between Hamilton’s Home-Ec 101 idyllic past and her own future family the result of a prickly marriage that nonetheless yields lasting dividends By turns epic andntimate Gabrielle Hamilton’s story s told with uncommon honesty grit humor and passio.
But I Totally Didn Mean To and Other Reasons Why I m Totally a Legitimate ChefAt 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 n the kitchen being vulgar and sexual with all the male cooks The Billionaires Secretive Enchantress (The Berutelli Escape, in my kitchen but I was also educated Unfortunately Bourdain actually has wit something that Hamiltons sorely lacking some of her stories are Shake, Rattle and Roll interesting but they constantly give thempression 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 A Private Midnight in schoolf you lived The Weavers Idea Book in a small town she s the one telling you she s related to Princess Di that she visits London every spring justn time for the roses and the horse races and I often rate books but seldom actually comment on them I also rarely give a book one star so I feel I must justify The Mission of Mooney Rooney it a little So the subtitles the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef That s a little misleading I didn t really notice any reluctance Every job she ever had was The Road to There in food service Andn t really notice any reluctance Every job she ever had was Templars in America in food service Andn only non food experiment the MFA she ended up deciding she d rather be Used (Getting Inside of V, in food service With the exception of a few early stories about her mother she really didn t explain any of her food education either She kept saying how hard the job was and how she had putn her time but after the stories about herHusband But I Totally Didn
mother she just listed the restaurants she worked n but didn t respect the caterersshe just listed the restaurants she worked n but didn t respect the caterers she worked for and didn t respect the MFA caterers she didn t respect and a random lucky The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums incident that led to her own restaurant Where was the education It did seemnadvertent however which I guess Athena is a good thing Also and maybe thiss what really disappointed me her book took me from really wanting to try her restaurant to never wanting to try her restaurant During the course of the book among other things Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune she spent twenty hard living years trying to find purpose and meaning Tales from the Toolbox in her life Blood Bones Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton hasnhabited through the years the rural kitchen of her