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on July 7, 2014
Too much information about food that took away from the story.
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on July 1, 2014
Unique insight to the rougher side of upscale catering. The main character is indomitable and against the odds, ultimately successful. Halfway through the book I realized I'd actually been to the restaurant started by the author and discussed in the book. The restaurant has the same character as the owner i.e. inventive and excellent. A good read.
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on June 29, 2014
Hamilton's description of her idyllic childhood until her parents' divorce is just gorgeous, as are all of the sections that describe food and those who share her passion for it. Luckily, this is the heart and soul of the book.

Unfortunately, her parents suddenly divorced and abandoned the family when Gabrielle was a mere twelve, leaving her to fend for herself. Though she is a scrappy, smart and talented girl, with a killer work ethic, she is wounded and it is painful to witness the effects of this on her relationships, particularly her marriage, which she describes in detail. (As a mother myself, I sincerely hopes she recognizes this and gets help, for her sons' sake as much as for hers.)

But the writing, oh the writing, is so, so beautiful!
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on June 26, 2014
This is an exceptionally well-written memoir. It's interesting, a little sad and uplifting at the same time. Ms. Hamilton did the best with the circumstances she had to deal with.
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on June 18, 2014
I enjoyed this book tremendously. The author had a strange, but apparently happy childhood. She overcame a lot of obstacles early in her life to become a successful chef in New York. Her marriage seemed very sad and unsatisfying to me, but she seems crazy about her sons. And through her husband she has a wonderful extended family in Italy. Her attention to detail in describing every aspect of her life, both professionally and personally, was very appealing to me. I would definitely recommend this book!
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on June 12, 2014
She didn't expound more on her personal life with her family. Mostly about cooking not a lot of depth on more interesting topics.
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on May 14, 2014
Gabrielle displays the shyness and wonder of her inner life as the world impinges on it. The early romance and teen confusion are beautifully portrayed. A delightful read.
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on April 26, 2014
I really loved this book! Hamilton's life is an incredible journey of survival and inspiration. Her passion leaps off the page. I went with 4 stars instead of 5 because I found the ending not as entirely engrossing as the first two thirds. Perhaps she doesn't have quite the same clarity on that part of her life as it is clearly more recent (?) Either way, it is an excellent read!!
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on April 14, 2014
If Gabrielle Hamilton cooks the way she writes, then her food is prepared methodically, with the appropriate amount of time and attention - something to be savored.

Her writing communicates a sincerity, candor and style intimated in a calm, preparatory style that reflects the Mise en Place skills she acquired through time and experience in the kitchen.

I look forward to dining at her restaurant some day.
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on April 2, 2014
I found book interesting, especially since I grew up in Ann Arbor and part of the story takes place there. And I love reading about the restaurant industry. I guess I just had a lot of trouble 'liking' the main character/author.
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