Book: Dirt


This is the question that drives Bill Buford to abandon his perfectly happy life in New York City and pack up and (with a wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow) move to Lyon, the so-called gastronomic capital of France.

  • Author : Bill Buford
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 05 May 2020
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 13 : 9780385353199

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Score: 4
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Dirt Book Summary :

“You can almost taste the food in Bill Buford’s Dirt, an engrossing, beautifully written memoir about his life as a cook in France.” —The Wall Street Journal What does it take to master French cooking? This is the question that drives Bill Buford to abandon his perfectly happy life in New York City and pack up and (with a wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow) move to Lyon, the so-called gastronomic capital of France. But what was meant to be six months in a new and very foreign city turns into a wild five-year digression from normal life, as Buford apprentices at Lyon’s best boulangerie, studies at a legendary culinary school, and cooks at a storied Michelin-starred restaurant, where he discovers the exacting (and incomprehensibly punishing) rigueur of the professional kitchen. With his signature humor, sense of adventure, and masterful ability to bring an exotic and unknown world to life, Buford has written the definitive insider story of a city and its great culinary culture.

Book: Dirt


  • Author : Bill Buford
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 01 October 2020
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 13 : 9781446442098

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‘A chomping, romping, savoury tour de force: by turns hilarious, and seriously thought provoking’ Simon Schama For most of his adult life, Bill Buford had secretly wanted to find himself in France, in a French kitchen, having mastered the art of French haute cuisine. And where better than Lyon, the most Frenchly authentic of cities and the historic gastronomic capital of the world? There were a few obstacles: he didn’t speak a word of French, he had no formal training, he didn’t know a soul in Lyon, and his wife and two twin toddlers currently lived in New York City. So begins Bill Buford’s vivid, hilarious, intimate account of his five-year odyssey in French cuisine. After realising that a stage in France was the necessary first step, he moves with his young family to Lyon. Studying at L’Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied, Michelin-starred La Mère Brazier, enduring the endless hours and exacting rigeur of the kitchen, Buford becomes a man obsessed – with proving himself on the line, proving that he is worthy of the gastronomic secrets he is learning, proving that French cooking actually derives from (mon dieu!) the Italian. As he befriends the local baker, attends a pig slaughter, and gradually earns the acceptance of the locals and his fellow chefs, Buford comes to understand the true grit, precision and passion of the French kitchen. Warm, insightful and richly entertaining, Dirt is a feast of a book, which is sure to become a classic of food writing on France.

Book: Dirt


  • Author : Bill Buford
  • Publisher : Appetite by Random House
  • Release : 05 May 2020
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 13 : 9780147530714

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Score: 4
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Dirt Book Summary :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The hugely anticipated follow up to Heat--Bill Buford's hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive adventures in the world of French haute cuisine. In Dirt, Bill Buford--author of the best-selling, now-classic, Heat--moves his attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France. Baffled by the language, determined that he can master the art of French cooking--or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered--Buford begins what will become a five-year odyssey by shadowing the revered French chef Michel Richard in Washington, D.C. He soon realizes, however, that a stage in France is necessary, and so he goes--this time with his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow--to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at l'Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied, Michelin-starred Mère Brazier, Buford becomes a man obsessed--to prove that French cooking actually derives from the Italian, to prove himself on the line, to prove that he is worthy of these gastronomic secrets. With his signature humor, sense of adventure, and masterful ability to immerse himself in his surroundings, Bill Buford has written what is sure to be the food-lover's book of the year.

Book: Among the Thugs


Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter ...

  • Author : Bill Buford
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 24 April 2013
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 13 : 9780804150514

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Score: 4
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Among the Thugs Book Summary :

They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson.

Book: Heat


The book that helped define a genre: Heat is a beloved culinary classic, an adventure in the kitchen and into Italian cuisine, by Bill Buford, author of Dirt.

  • Author : Bill Buford
  • Publisher : Appetite by Random House
  • Release : 23 October 2012
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 13 : 9780449015971

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Score: 3.5
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Heat Book Summary :

The book that helped define a genre: Heat is a beloved culinary classic, an adventure in the kitchen and into Italian cuisine, by Bill Buford, author of Dirt. Bill Buford was a highly acclaimed writer and editor at the New Yorker when he decided to leave for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, one of New York City’s most popular and revolutionary Italian restaurants. Finally realizing a long-held desire to learn first-hand the experience of restaurant cooking, Buford soon finds himself drowning in improperly cubed carrots and scalding pasta water on his quest to learn the tricks of the trade. His love of Italian food then propels him further afield: to Italy, to discover the secrets of pasta-making and, finally, how to properly slaughter a pig. Throughout, Buford stunningly details the complex aspects of Italian cooking and its long history, creating an engrossing and visceral narrative stuffed with insight and humor. The result is a hilarious, self-deprecating, and fantasically entertaining journey into the heart of the Italian kitchen.

Book: Cooking Dirty


With this deeply affecting book, Sheehan (already acclaimed for his reviews) joins the first class of American food writers at a time when books about food have never been better or more popular.

  • Author : Jason Sheehan
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 06 July 2010
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 13 : 1429958693

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Score: 5
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Cooking Dirty Book Summary :

THE GRIT AND GLORY OF RESTAURANT LIFE, AS TOLD BY A SURVIVOR OF KITCHENS ACROSS AMERICA Cooking Dirty is a rollicking account of life "on the line" in the restaurants, far from culinary school, cable TV, and the Michelin Guide—where most of us eat out most of the time. It takes the kitchen memoir to a rough and reckless place. From his first job scraping trays at a pizzeria at age fifteen, Jason Sheehan worked on the line at all kinds of restaurants: a French colonial and an all-night diner, a crab shack just off the interstate and a fusion restaurant in a former hair salon. Restaurant work, as he describes it in exuberant, sparkling prose, is a way of life in which "your whole universe becomes a small, hot steel box filled with knives and meat and fire." The kitchen crew is a fraternity with its own rites: cigarettes in the walk-in freezer, sex in the basement, the wartime urgency of the dinner rush. Cooking is a series of personal challenges, from the first perfectly done mussel to the satisfaction of surgically sliced foie gras. And the kitchen itself, as he tells it, is a place in which life's mysteries are thawed, sliced, broiled, barbecued, and fried—a place where people from the margins find their community and their calling. With this deeply affecting book, Sheehan (already acclaimed for his reviews) joins the first class of American food writers at a time when books about food have never been better or more popular.

Book: Steal the Menu


A tour of contemporary food history by an influential food journalist traces four decades of culinary revolution from the publication of Julia Child's French cooking classic through the diverse practices of today, covering such topics as ...

  • Author : Raymond Sokolov
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 01 February 2014
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 13 : 9780307946355

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Steal the Menu Book Summary :

A tour of contemporary food history by an influential food journalist traces four decades of culinary revolution from the publication of Julia Child's French cooking classic through the diverse practices of today, covering such topics as the introduction of nouvelle cuisine and the rise of contemporary American food stars.

Book: Rebel Chef


In Rebel Chef, three-Michelin starred chef Dominique Crenn reflects on her untraditional coming of age as a chef, from her life in France where she found it near impossible to be a female chef in a male dominated world, to her move to San ...

  • Author : Dominique Crenn
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 01 June 2021
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 13 : 9780735224766

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Score: 4
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Rebel Chef Book Summary :

In Rebel Chef, three-Michelin starred chef Dominique Crenn reflects on her untraditional coming of age as a chef, from her life in France where she found it near impossible to be a female chef in a male dominated world, to her move to San Francisco where she started training to become the chef she is today. Rebel Chef is a disarmingly honest and revealing look at one woman's evolution from a daring young chef to a respected activist. At once a tale of personal discovery and a tribute to unrelenting determination, as one woman makes a place for herself in the kitchen, and in the world.

Book: Disturbance


It is a year before he can return to writing, a year in which he learns to work through his experiences and their aftermath. Disturbance is not an essay on terrorism nor is it a witness’s account of Charlie Hebdo.

  • Author : Philippe Lançon
  • Publisher : Europa Editions
  • Release : 12 November 2019
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 405
  • ISBN 13 : 9781609455576

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Disturbance Book Summary :

In this Prix Femina–winning memoir, a writer at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo recounts surviving the deadly terror attack on their office. On January 7, 2015, two terrorists claiming allegiance to ISIS attack the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The event causes untold pain to the victims and their families, prompts a global solidarity movement, and ignites a fierce debate over press freedoms and the role of satire today. Philippe Lançon, a journalist, author, and a weekly contributor to Charlie Hebdo is gravely wounded in the attack—an experience that upends his relationship to the world. As Lançon attempts to reconstruct his life on the page, he rereads Proust, Thomas Mann, Kafka, and others in search of guidance. It is a year before he can return to writing, a year in which he learns to work through his experiences and their aftermath. Disturbance is not an essay on terrorism nor is it a witness’s account of Charlie Hebdo. It is an honest, intimate account of a man seeking to put his life back together after it has been torn apart. “A powerful and deeply civilized memoir.” —The New York Times

Book: Everything Is Under Control


" --The New York Times Book Review “What a beautiful, rich, and poetic memoir this is . . .

  • Author : Phyllis Grant
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release : 21 April 2020
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 13 : 9780374720759

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Score: 5
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Everything Is Under Control Book Summary :

One of Esquire's Best Cookbooks of 2020 and one of The Washington Post's Best Food Books of 2020 "In epigrammatic, nearly poetic diction, Grant . . . reminds us of how transformative the junctures where food and life collide can be." --The New York Times Book Review “What a beautiful, rich, and poetic memoir this is . . . Like the best chefs, Phyllis Grant knows how to make a masterpiece from a few simple ingredients: truth, taste, poignancy, and love.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat, Pray, Love Phyllis Grant’s Everything Is Under Control is a memoir about appetite as it comes, goes, and refocuses its object of desire. Grant’s story follows the sometimes smooth, sometimes jagged, always revealing contours of her life: from her days as a dancer struggling to find her place at Julliard, to her experiences in and out of four-star kitchens in New York City, to falling in love with her future husband and leaving the city after 9/11 for California, where her children are born. All the while, a sense of longing pulses in each stage as she moves through the headspace of a young woman longing to be sustained by a city into that of a mother now sustaining a family herself. Written with the transparency of a diarist, Everything Is Under Control is an unputdownable series of vignettes followed by tried-and-true recipes from Grant’s table—a heartrending yet unsentimental portrait of the highs and lows of young adulthood, motherhood, and a life in the kitchen.

Book: Red Truck Bakery Cookbook


Red Truck Bakery Cookbook is your one-way ticket to making these crowd-pleasing confections at home.

  • Author : Brian Noyes
  • Publisher : Clarkson Potter
  • Release : 23 October 2018
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 13 : 9780804189620

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Red Truck Bakery Cookbook Book Summary :

A charming bakery cookbook with 85 southern baking recipes for favorites like cookies, cakes, pies, and more to make every day delicious—from breakfast to dessert. Nestled on Main Street among the apple orchards and rolling hills of rural Virginia, Red Truck Bakery is beloved for its small town feel and standout baked goods. Red Truck Bakery Cookbook is your one-way ticket to making these crowd-pleasing confections at home. Full of fresh flavors, a sprinkle of homespun comfort, and a generous pinch of Americana, the recipes range from Southern classics like Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits and Mom’s Walnut Chews, to local favorites like the Shenandoah Apple Cake and Appalachian Pie with Ramps and Morels. Between the keepsake recipes are charming stories of the bakery’s provenance and 75 gorgeous photographs of evocative landscapes and drool-worthy delectables. These blue-ribbon desserts and anytime snacks are sure to please! “I like pie. That’s not a state secret… I can confirm that the Red Truck Bakery makes some darn good pie.”—President Barack Obama