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Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
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May 13, 2011

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With a plug from Anthony Bourdain that Hamilton's book is "[s]imply the best memoir by a chef ever," I could hardly wait to "dig in." Yet, while Hamilton can write, making even the wildly incongruous contents of her mother's larder rhapsodic, she seems to lack any introspection. Things just seem to happen to her -- being estranged from her parents for 20 years, opening a restaurant, dumping her live-in girlfriend to enter into a greencard marriage with an Italian physician with whom she has three children despite the fact that they live in separate apartments and seem to detest one another. She seems more smitten with her Italian mother-in-law, with whom she can only communicate through their shared love of cooking, than her spouse, but then seems distraught that the husband to whom she shows such distain has distanced himself: "Over the years, he has never raised his voice to me; rather, he has quietly and steadily, item by item, withheld the glitter, the motorcycle rides, the silk tie, the sandwiches, the spinning classes back-to-back, the sunset negronis, the cold apricot juice and hot coffee in the mornings, and now, like that long ago plate of courtship ravioli, I am left with the inedible contents of those gorgeous little packets. Undernourished." Beautiful prose, but confusing.

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