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Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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"If you have an appetite for culinary adventure, you'll devour the feisty and fun memoir by James Beard award-winning chef and philanthropist Barbara Lynch.” (ELLE Magazine)
"James Beard Award-winning chef Lynch, the owner of seven restaurants, has discussed BDSM with Julia Child and served mobsters such as Whitey Bulger in her native South Boston...Throughout the narrative Lynch is blunt and frank...But the broad strokes of Lynch's life are as fascinating as they are unique, and this memoir also details her role in changing the abusive, misogynistic world of fine cooking and her idiosyncratic approach to queer identity and marriage. Complete with 10 pages of recipes, this book is well worth any foodie's attention." (Publishers Weekly)
"Whenever she writes about food, her passion is evident, and she appends a number of recipes that will surely send some readers straight to the kitchen. A rugged tale of a self-made woman in a high-stress profession. " (Kirkus Reviews)
“Lynch’s love of food and hard scrabble Southie upbringing are blended into a rich and engaging narrative that sheds light on the different influences that helped shape her career. The narrative is evocative of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential…Foodies will enjoy the vivid language used to describe Lynch’s food exploits, and old neighbors will be treated to a trip around south Boston through the eyes of a local.” (Library Journal)
"Barbara’s debut memoir is a funny but frank read that captures the fierce drive required to overcome challenges and triumph over adversities. Out of Line will serve as inspiration for young cooks to seasoned kitchen vets and everyone in between. A must read!" (Eric Ripert, chef and author of 32 Yolks)
"Lynch's life story struck me as a culinary take on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; a poignant tale of rough streets and poverty navigated by a bright, sensitive child who never outgrew her love for the place that made her tough, tender and fearless." (Kathleen Flinn, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry and Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good)
"The rise and rise of Barbara Lynch is an extraordinary story told with wry humor and infinite compassion. Her journey from a hard-up childhood to accomplished chefdom is a compelling, real-life ode to the power of food." (Yotam Ottolenghi)
"If Barbara Lynch had a food truck, it would be called quenelles of steel. Barbara is a true friend and mentor (with a great sense of humor) who has paved the way for women in the culinary industry. Her heroic story inspires us to remain true to who we are and honor our dreams with conviction." (Chef Ana Sortun)
"Barbara Lynch is more than just one of our greatest chefs and restauranteurs--she is a force of nature who proves that unstoppable passion for doing what you love can make the world a better, happier and more delicious place. If anyone has ever told you your dream is impossible, read this book.” (Paul Feig, Director of Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy)
“This is a candid telling of how a devil-may-care attitude gave rise to one of the most powerful female restaurateurs in the country today.” (BOOKPAGE)
Included in “Every Spring 2017 Cookbook That Matters” (Eater)
"Her bubbly exuberance and drive dominate the story...few will be able to resist stories like the one of her conversation with the aging Julia Child about sex." (BOOKLIST ONLINE)
About the Author
Barbara Lynch has won multiple James Beard awards, including Outstanding Restaurateur (only the second woman to win), an Amelia Earhart award for success as a woman in a male-dominated field, and the Relais & Château designation of Grand Chef (one of only six in North America). She is the owner of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, which encompasses seven celebrated restaurants, including No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, Drink, Sportello, and Menton. Three of her restaurants are anchored in and have spurred the revitalization of South Boston, her lifelong home. In 2017, she was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Learn more at BarbaraLynch.com and follow her on Twitter @BarbaraLynchBOS.
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A great read about dreams, barriers and finally a right of passage. I love Barbara Lynch, I trust she will continue to inspire and mentor.