This was an excellent listen. Despite others views, I rather enjoyed the narration. Gabrielle’s had a rather complicated but real life. She doesn’t suffer fools well. Her description of going to visit her in-laws in Italy for the first time was beautiful and riveting. The description of the demise of her marriage will resonate with anyone who has gone through a break up. As a former restaurant worker, the inside details about the biz rang true for me. My second favorite chef autobio next to Bourdain’s.
Interesting read that kept me hungry and inspired to try some new things in the kitchen. Well written but narration was rather flat.
First of all, the author's voice as a reader really threw me off. I did not like her voice at first, at all. But as the story progressed, I became used to it and rather than put me to sleep, as I thought such a monotone voice would do, I was enthralled and waiting for the next development in Gabrielle Hamilton's life, so far. I also waffled between being extremely interested and extremely frustrated with this woman. I finally came to the conclusion after finishing the book and thinking about it for a day or two, that Gabrielle Hamilton has written an accurate reflection of herself as a human being - a complicated, mercurial, committed, and hard working autobiography as she is herself a person and a chef. Don't get in her way because she is going right through you! I ended up liking her story and hating her story, but who cares? It's her life and she certainly has succeeded and failed in different areas as have we all. Nice job, Gabrielle, putting it down on paper! Thanks for sharing.
I absolutely agree with every word the previous reviewer KQuinn said. This book is a foodie's delight and should be mandatory reading for anybody - especially women - contemplating a foray into the restaurant business. Wish she'd write another. I'd love to learn more about her Iron Chef battle, culinary awards, rise to restaurant fame, and also how things turned out with her Italian Italian husband, who was fading out of the picture at the end of this book. Extremely well written and highly recommended.
This was really good. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I couldn't wait to get back in the car to hear more of it. I love the whole food/chef/culinary thing, so I was enthralled with that part of it, but after listening to this book, I have a much better understanding of what those involved in the field actually mean when they say food and cooking is their "passion." Hamilton's memoir is deeply personal, and very well written. She has a Bourdain-like ferocity and integrity, but in her own authentic voice. Highly recommended.
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