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Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
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An embroidered and loose-with-facts (see her disclaimer all the way at the end of the book) highly-creative memoir from someone that a more charitable person might call "difficult." (I believe another word for it is a--hole.) I found it almost impossible to enjoy her yarns about food and restaurateur-ship through all her bitterness and cultural snobbery and necessity to blur/alter years, facts and people in service to the "momentum" of her memoir. On page 29, she gets the year and album title wrong for a Barbra Streisand song ("What Kind of Fool") which she claims her father listened to "over and over and over" -- more than a year before the album was on sale. It's a little thing, true, but the little things matter. If the confabulation doesn't matter to you, and you aren't alienated by her personality and style, then there are several chapters here about food and professional kitchen stress that anyone can enjoy.
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May 23, 2013 – Started Reading
May 29, 2013 – Shelved
June 3, 2013 – Finished Reading

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