Monday, April 11, 2011

Blood Bones and Butter.

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant ChefBlood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Gabrielle Hamilton must be one of the world's first hipsters, because she doesn't like anything; her husband, her mother or her forced trips to Italy every year.

The first part of the book is engaging and funny. It tells about her growing up with her French mother and then being abandoned by her and her subsequently tough teenage years. The best parts of the book happen when she discusses the differences between her life in the kitchen and in the academic world.

This book goes downhill once the author meets her husband. She tells a *charming* story about going into labor for the first time and going by her husband's apartment to pick him up. He proceeds to take an hour meticulously shaving and getting dressed. As a writer, I think she needs to work harder in explaining exactly why she chose to be with him in the first place. She doesn't talk to her mom for twenty years, she says, because she was happier without her.

The end of the book becomes very whiny. She complains that the husband she married out of his need for a green card doesn't hand make pasta or take her on long motorcycle rides through Italy now that they have kids. Boo hoo.

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