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Feb 24, 2011 12:19 PM

Book Review-NYT. Blood Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

The review is by Michiko Kakutani

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  1. looks very interesting, thanks! a food writer with an mfa with a very interesting upbringing sounds worth checking out.

    1. I can't wait. I've been a huge fan of her writing since her "The Chef" series in the NYTimes in 2001 and preordered Blood Bones and Butter the second I heard it was coming out.

      There's a lot of hilariously hyperbolic praise for the book (Mario Batali: “I will read this book to my children and then burn all the books I have written for pretending to be anything even close to this. Then I will apply for the dishwasher job at Prune to learn from my new queen") but I get it. I actually have to consciously not slobber when I talk about her, she's that awesome. Her writing voice is so distinctive you can consistently identify her pieces even without a byline. Her style is really gutsy and grounded, but still gorgeous and lyrical. I like her food, too.

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      1. re: daveena

        Prune is a truly excellent, excellent restaurant. Never misses.

      2. LA Times liked it too. it's on my Amazon wish list.

        BTW Phaedrus, did you stop watching Top Chef? you haven't joined us for a discussion in ages!

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          ghg, I have been watching on DVR and lurking in the backround. Wednesday nights are killer this time of the year.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            well that's a relief - i thought perhaps you didn't love us anymore!

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Oh please. You're some of my favorite people. I'll be back.

        2. I pre-ordered it quite a while ago. Is it actually out? Because I can't wait to read it.

          I had one of my most memorable meals at Prune. I always wondered if I thought that because it happened to be just a few days before 9/11. Then I went back a few years ago. And it was perfect. Again.

          BTW, GH was featured on the most recent episode of "The Splendid Table."

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          1. There was an interview with her on The Splendid Table last weekend.