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Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
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Jan 08, 12

Read in January, 2012

the fact that anthony bourdain called this the best chef memoir ever gave me pause. I find him more than somewhat despicable. Coarse, crude, unfeeling. So I wondered what might make this "the best" for him. I enjoyed the first third of the book but became increasingly disturbed by the second and third sections of the book. Where were any caring adults in Hamilton's adolescence? What happened to her mother? Why did she spurn her mother so when, by Hamilton's own accounts, she was a good parent in her childhood? And why, for the love of Mike, would an avowed lesbian marry a man who was head over heels with in love with her? And why would she alternately treat him with disdain and then behave like a wounded, love-sick teenager when she'd spurned him so? I'm glad that Hamilton runs a successful restaurant and is happy as a mother. I'm sorry for her trials as a teen and young adult, and I wish she'd had better guidance from adults in her life. I'm glad she has locally sourced produce and meat purveyors, but why did she have to insult people who attend farmers markets? As much as Hamilton's writing sucked me in, it left me filled with dismay. I enjoyed it, but I am so glad that I don't know her.

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Melissa I'm interested in ths book.

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