Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Amy Thielen

Narrated By: Amy Thielen

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2017

Duration: 10 hours 12 minutes


A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one woman’s journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining—and back again—in search of her culinary roots
Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York City’s finest kitchens—for chefs David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten—she grew up in a northern Minnesota town home to the nation’s largest French fry factory, the headwaters of the fast food nation, with a mother whose generous cooking dripped with tenderness, drama, and an overabundance of butter.
       Inspired by her grandmother’s tales of cooking in the family farmhouse, Thielen moves north with her artist husband to a rustic, off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that leads her to the sensory madhouse of New York’s top haute cuisine brigades. But, like a magnet, the foods of her youth draw her back home, where she comes face to face with her past and a curious truth: that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions.
       Amy Thielen’s coming-of-age story pulses with energy, a cook’s eye for intimate detail, and a dose of dry Midwestern humor. Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh, vivid view into New York’s high-end restaurants before returning Thielen to her roots, where she realizes that the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace but gravy—thick with nostalgia and hard to resist.


  • Brinn K

    Completely engaged me! I couldn't stop! Lovely narration - delicious words folded into even more delicious words- made rivers of saliva against my tongue. Fantastic!

  • Stacie P

    Loved this book! Was sorry when it ended. The authors narration was wonderful, so often they seem to be better writers than readers but this wasn't the case here. I have taken some professional cooks courses with the goal of someday becoming a personal chef so it was fun to listen to the different paths she took to becoming a cook.

Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir

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Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir, Amy Thielen