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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bibliomotion (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937134318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937134310
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,065,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sidell's account of life as a restaurateur isn't the first or likely the last, but it ranks among the best. After finding a career in film production creatively rewarding but unfulfilling, and nursing her wounds from a fresh divorce, she found her true calling while working in a friend's food shop. Encouraged and invigorated, she opened what would become a coterie of restaurants around Boston. Sidell's frank take on the process of opening and running restaurants retains a fair amount of the romance readers may anticipate (it's all about hospitality; the employees feel like family!), but her businesslike approach takes center stage, adding depth and setting it apart from similar memoirs by making it more useful for those considering opening their own establishment. Recipes for hits at her restaurants (signature burgers, Crispy Steak Bombs) as well as her failures (Hamburger Bread) mix with personal favorites to help break up the narrative and offer insight into the approach to dining that flows through all her restaurants. Though it's often a sobering read, would-be restaurateurs, particularly women, will benefit greatly from Sidell's candor and advice on knowing when to say no, finding investors, and honestly assessing mistakes. (Nov.) Reviewed on: 01/07/2013

Review

When I Met Food is an honest and intimate walk through the life and brilliance of an exceptional businesswoman and lover of food with a heart of service. This type of first hand account is rare and invaluable. Any budding chef, restaurateur or business person of any field would be well served by reading this book, really READING this book. If you're paying attention, you will be handed a road map that few business people at Kathy Sidell's level share. But the sharing, after all, is the definition of hospitality.” (Tiffani Faison, Chef/Owner Sweet Cheeks, Bravo's “Top Chef” season one finalist)

 “When I Met Food takes you on a journey about the lifetime passion for food. Born into a family who not only dined out but helped to build the Boston restaurant scene, Kathy Sidell details how those early days shaped who she has become: a filmmaker, a wife, a mother, sister and daughter; and finally a successful restaurant owner several times over. For anyone dreaming of running their own restaurant, this book is must-read.” (Todd English, chef, restaurateur, author, and James Beard Award winner)

“If you've ever dreamed of opening your own restaurant, you'll love this book. And if you're a woman with restaurant ambitions, you absolutely need this book. Kathy Sidell distills a lifetime of hard-earned wisdom—her own and that of her legendary family—into this gracefully written narrative. Part memoir, part history of Boston's storied dining scene, it's also a must-read for any entrepreneur, both a pep talk and a wake-up call on what it takes to succeed."(Amy Traverso, Lifestyle Editor of Yankee Magazine and author of The Apple Lover's Cookbook)

 

 “As a frequent diner at the MET’s first restaurant (Kathy now has 5), I am a huge fan of how Kathy has translated her vision onto the plate and into a thriving business. Her restaurant concepts are always on trend and offer quality and inspired dining experiences. When I Met Food beautifully captures her compelling journey.” (Tom Stemberg, Managing GP Of Highland Consumer Fund And Co-Founder/Former CEO Of Staples)

“Remarkable read…fresh and original, two characteristics I greatly appreciate. A success story to inspire all but more importantly for me it is told with great skill and without apology.” (Robert Richardson award winning cinematographer)

“Kathy Sidell has created a memoir of a life filled with passion and love for family, friends, art, and food. Her story is woven with the common thread of food. This book is peppered with fun recipes and stories that include many people I know, especially her father, Jack, a man I greatly admired, and, who enabled me to start my first restaurant, but there is much more to this book. Restaurateurs and want-to-be’s should pay special attention to some amazing pearls of wisdom in these pages; there are very keen insights into the balance of art and commerce, as well as practical advice resulting from a philosophy that has brought Kathy great success.” (Jasper White, Chef/Partner Summer Shack Restaurants)




More About the Author

In my family, mealtime was not just about eating food. Time at the table was about discussing, evaluating, even obsessing about food and drink. In addition to re-hashing the day's events, engaging in heated discussions about politics or the Red Sox, conversations usually revolved around thoughts on current issues of Food & Wine Magazine or where to find the best rosti in Switzerland or the tastiest gravelox in New York City. Regular trips to Europe, summers in California and dining out four nights a week gave me a global exposure that enabled me to develop my passion for food as well as my love for cooking.

Customer Reviews

This would make a great gift for the holidays.
JS
Kathy's journey is inspirational and riveting, and her book is filled with great recipes!
TaylorS
I was most struck by the honesty and passion of Kathy's writing.
Bethany Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dva on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love to read about people's journey through life. Kathy Sidell's voice and writing make it sound as if she is in the room talking to you. It would have been easy for this to descend into a cookbook punctuated by self-aggrandizing statements, but Kathy has a true gift for taking ordinary incidents, and finding the important truths they reveal. The book is enjoyable, well written and evocative. Through her detailed descriptions and vibrant words, there is something for all of us to learn from Kathy's life. Yes, it's centered on food, but reading about her life feels more like a lesson in how to live one's life, more than it is about what food means to Kathy. Her very optimistic outlook on life and ability to make lemonade out of every challenge, makes this memoir a must for everyone who spends time thinking about their own lives, and how they can make more of them. I only wish I lived in Boston so I could run down to any one of her four restaurants so I could eat the food she talks about. My mouth watered with every description of her meals. There is an added bonus of at least one or two recipes in every chapter. I definitely plan on giving this book to my friends as gifts this holiday and making some of her delicious sounding recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jk on November 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
nice quick read for anyone who loves food or has dreams of being a restauranteur, plus there are some great recipes !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kgolov on November 26, 2012
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When I go to someones house for dinner I like to gift them with something special! Why not How I Met Food? Perfect recipes to reproduce and a charming story which happens to be true!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. London on February 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This might be a good book--or maybe not--how can one possibly tell when so many of the reviews on it are so obviously fake. This book was published on November 20, 2012 and six days later on 11/26, twenty two "people" published reviews all on the same day--with six more on 11/27. Of the 36 reviews on this book prior to this one, only two of the reviewers had reviewed any other books on Amazon. And most of the reviews use key words--inspiring, amazing, insightful, great gift--most of the reviews are short, and most of the made up names for the reviewers are initials.
I came across this after watching a Food network program featuring The Met Back Bay restaurant, while looking at their web site I noticed Kathy Sidell had recently written a book and decided to read the reviews on Amazon to see if it would appeal to me, but all I found was this nonsensical gibberish.
If the publisher or author paid for this nonsense then they need to demand a full refund.
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By Tina on January 21, 2014
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On pace 45. I want to like it, but the author is so annoying I don't think I can continue reading.
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Great read. Kathy Sidell not only writes a great story but keeps you reading to get to the next chapter. Interesting for both the people in the industry and people that love to eat out. Great for a gift or just for yourself. Highly recommended.
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By Lupi on November 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kathy Sidell is a force to be reckoned with. If you love food and crave inspiration, this book is sure to satisfy!
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By SCENT on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A GREAT READ and once you've begun, like a good meal, hard to stop in the middle!
Full of wonderful anecdotes about her extraordinary life, Kathy Sidell shares her passion for food, family and the intriguing business behind opening and operating her MET restaurants. Enjoyed discovering her signature recipes peppered throughout the book like little gems along the way. I stuck little post-its everywhere of recipes I plan to try.
High recommend!
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