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  • Published: New York : Random House, c2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 291 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781400068722
  • 140006872X


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Blood, bones, & butter : the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef

by Hamilton, Gabrielle.

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Call number: 641.509 Ha

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult

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Meh. I read this one for book club, and in the group it had very mixed reviews.

Certainly the author can tell a story, and so the book is very readable, which is a plus. As a character, she's a character, all right! What a wild and unpredictable woman. I don't think she's someone I would care to be friends with. While I admire her work ethic, I find her incredibly egotistical and highly contradictory (why is she bearing children in a marriage of convenience after a broken childhood?).

I expected a book about food and restaurants, and the first two-thirds of the book are mostly about that. The last third, however, is mostly about how she, as a lesbian, ended up married and resenting family visits to Italy. I suppose it's her book to write whatever she wants about, but I could care less about her expected impending divorce, and am overall sad that I wasted my time. There are other, more interesting foodie books out there (Ruth Reichel's did more for me, for one, though Anthony Bourdain's -- whose blurb was on the cover of this -- was just as egotistically annoying as this).

First essay is the best

I adored the first chapter/essay but wasn't as fond of the rest of the book. The constant -- and I mean constant, sometimes twice in one sentence -- ellipses made Hamilton's prose hard to read.


Being a world class chef and a good writer is a rare mix. Gabrielle Hamilton is indeed both. Her passion for life and food is delightful.

Good Story, Okay Writing

Blood, Bones, and Butter is a fairly interesting read so far. However, the first half of the book was not as enjoyable as the last half has been. I am not sure if the content changed enough in the second half where I just became more interested in what she has to say, or if the story has finally progressed enough were my interest is piqued. The chapters are each written as their own little story (which I typically enjoy), but they sometimes feel a little disconnected. Her writing style also was confusing to me at times. In the first half especially I found myself rereading several sentences just to understand what Hamilton was trying to say. I was a little surprised when she revealed that she had a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from U of M. I would have expected the writing to be a little better.

However, despite the issues that I have with Hamilton's writing, her story is refreshing. She did not study culinary arts or intern at restaurants. She just loves food and feels passionately enough about it to dedicate a large portion of her life preparing and serving it. With the current popularity regarding food, cooking, and memoirs she is the perfect person to represent all of us who daydream about devoting our lives to mouthwatering edibles. I also want to avoid discouraging anyone from reading this book. Enough people seem to like it, and since it is free at the library, why not give it a try?

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