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Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
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Jan 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir-biography
Read in January, 2012

This is a really, really interesting book on at least 100 different levels. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton lays it all out there, through series of essays that are about her life, family and food. It's an absolutely luscious read -- so easy to see the images, to imagine the food. But it's rough. Not a single thing is hidden, no bad actions or poor choices are made more palatable for us.

Another reviewer said that by the end of this book, he had started to hate Hamilton as a person. I will grant you: there are times when she's pretty unlikeable. But she's a person who's putting it all out there. It's hard not to be astonished (in a bad way) by some of her choices or actions. I could get over that. I had a harder time understanding why certain people in her life were so awful, but I think that's more of a writing thing. I'm not doubting her feelings. I just don't see how they came to be what they are. Anyway. This is a book to be savored, and enjoyed for both the light and the dark.

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