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Publisher Description


Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand; the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, where she was often fed by complete strangers and learned the essence of hospitality; Hamilton’s own kitchen at Prune, with its many unexpected challenges; and the kitchen of her Italian mother-in-law, who serves as the link between Hamilton’s idyllic past and her own future family—the result of a prickly marriage that nonetheless yields lasting dividends. By turns epic and intimate, Gabrielle Hamilton’s story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 1
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Jennifer_Elizabeth ,

She Paints a Beautiful Picture

I loved this book. I enjoyed Hamilton on Season 4 of The Mind of a Chef on PBS. I enjoy her cooking and this book really told the story of the way she grew up and relationship with food.

CrescendoughCakes ,

One of the Best I’ve Read

This is by far one of the best books I’ve ever read - certainly best food or chef -related memoir.
I was reading the last pages of the book on my commute home from the restaurant one night, and I turned the page. Unknowingly, I had finished the book, and I actually cried to myself. I found myself truly choked up, not just by the beautiful writing and profoundly moving ending, but because of an overwhelming sadness that came over me; I couldn’t believe it was over. Even though I had just finished it, I already missed it. Escaping into Gabrielle’s colorful culinary world after a long hard day of my own was such a relatable release - what I’m feeling is normal. I am not alone in how I’m going through this industry. Most importantly, what I strive to become is possible, and alive and well in Chef Hamilton. Such an inspiration, beautiful writer. Fantastic, can’t-stop-turning-the-pages type of book. I highly recommend!

Sufuthal ,

Blood Bones & Butter

Hope she will continue sharing her story as life goes on. Inspirational and informative.

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