Meghan's Reviews > Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
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Jun 28, 11

bookshelves: food, memoir
Read from June 02 to 05, 2011

Food memoir by a famous chef who also has an MFA in writing. The evocative descriptions in the first half of the book disintegrate into some weird family and relationship issues that mar the rest of the book. It seems like she needs to process her relationship with her husband to get a bit more distance from it, in order to write about it in a way that isn't off-putting.

This book does capture a lot, though, from her childhood memories through a rough period of travel and growing up. Almost a readalike to other famous memoirs like Cherry or The Glass Castle. Full of beautiful writing.

The description that is currently sticking with me the most is about the annoyance she feels at farmer's markets, where there is inevitably a meandering young woman alone pushing a bike, whose front basket holds nothing but a small bunch of lavender and a single apple, as she dreamily wanders around feeling smugly beautiful. I recognize that farmer's market shopper.
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