Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
This book ROCKS. Let me just get that out there. This book has been on my to-read list for awhile after reading all the great reviews. And hello, look at the cover. Sorry chicken, but you’re delicious…and dead.
Blood, Bones & Butter is the memoir by Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of Prune in NYC. Hamilton tells the story of growing up in a family where her mother & father threw elaborate parties and everything was rosy….until her mother left her father and it kind of all went to crap.
Hamilton had to quickly grow up, virtually on her own since the age of 11. She got a job at a local restaurant near town and fell into drugs. She moved to NYC under the age of 18 and made her way working at bars without owners knowing her true age. She definitely went the alternative route to finding her way in the culinary world!
She worked several summers as a cook at a summer camp for kids:
“There were moments that summer where I felt more distressed by a nine-year-old’s disgust with a fleck of basil in the tomato sauce that I had in the entire previous decade…”
I love how she’s so raw in this book. She definitely puts it all out there. When she takes a risk and takes out a lease on property to start Prune, she is honest about the low points. She has to be all in…including taking care of a dead rat in the kitchen because no one else would. She’s deposing of dead rodents and then appearing on The Martha Stewart Show the next day, ha. Martha would be horrified.
Hamilton has led a very interesting life, that’s for sure. If you like cooking and memoirs, I highly recommend that book!
4.5 out of 5 stars