Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali. Finally realizing a long-held desire to learn first-hand the experience... show more
A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali. Finally realizing a long-held desire to learn first-hand the experience of restaurant cooking, Buford soon finds himself drowning in improperly cubed carrots and scalding pasta water on his quest to learn the tricks of the trade. His love of Italian food then propels him on journeys further afield: to Italy, to discover the secrets of pasta-making and, finally, how to properly slaughter a pig. Throughout, Buford stunningly details the complex aspects of Italian cooking and its long history, creating an engrossing and visceral narrative stuffed with insight and humor.
Publish date: June 26th 2007
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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I wanted to like this book but eventually I had to stop wasting time on it and move on. The threads of the narrative were not woven together in any way that made sense. There was a lot of skipping around during the timeframe of the novel with no explanation for the sequence of things. The author ...
Read this via audio-book. The mispronunciations and over-enunciations of the reader drove me a bit nuts, which isn't Buford's fault. But Buford is to blame for how bland and uninformative this book is. Every second felt like an hour, and in the end, I just couldn't slog through any more of it.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows me to be a bit of a foodie and thought I would enjoy it. For the most part I did enjoy it a lot, the author has a whit about him that I rather enjoyed. That being said I found myself growing a bit bored about half way through as the funny stories...
Unabridged audio. DH and I listened to this in the car and at one point were laughing so hard we had to pull over. Nicely done memoir about Buford's stint working at Babbo in New York and how his life changes and he becomes obsessed with food and cooking- so much so that he goes to Italy to learn fr...
Bill Buford loves to cook. He has a crazy idea: Why not offer to work for free in a restaurant kitchen and learn how professionals cook. Buford puts his plan into action and before he knows it, he is working in the kitchen of one of New York's best restaurants. Okay, he's chopping carrots, but he's ...