An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-maker, and Apprentice to A Dante-quoting Butcher in TuscanyBook - 2006
From one of our most interesting literary figures -- former editor of Granta, former fiction editor atThe New Yorker, acclaimed author ofAmong the Thugs-- a sharp, funny, exuberant, close-up account of his headlong plunge into the life of a professional cook. Expanding on his James Beard Award-winningNew Yorkerarticle, Bill Buford gives us a richly evocative chronicle of his experience as "slave" to Mario Batali in the kitchen of Batali's three-star New York restaurant, Babbo. In a fast-paced, candid narrative, Buford describes three frenetic years of trials and errors, disappointments and triumphs, as he worked his way up the Babbo ladder from "kitchen bitch" to line cook . . . his relationship with the larger-than-life Batali, whose story he learns as their friendship grows through (and sometimes despite) kitchen encounters and after-work all-nighters . . . and his immersion in the arts of butchery in Northern Italy, of preparing game in London, and making handmade pasta at an Italian hillside trattoria. Heat is a marvelous hybrid: a memoir of Buford's kitchen adventure, the story of Batali's amazing rise to culinary (and extra-culinary) fame, a dazzling behind-the-scenes look at a famous restaurant, and an illuminating exploration of why food matters. It is a book to delight in, and to savour.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2006
Branch Call Number: 641.5945 BUF NVD
Alternative Title: Heat