I’ve been loving food memoirs lately. I love reading about how chefs have found themselves over the stove. Many began cooking and discovered their love for food at an early age. Since that isn’t something I personally experienced, I enjoy getting that peek into their young lives.
Like many chefs, Gabrielle Hamilton began learning about food as a child. She never intended to be a chef, but events and decisions made throughout her life led her down the kitchen path, giving the book the subtitle “The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.” However, her passion for food is evident throughout the text, and I found myself wanting to study certain passages in order to improve my own food writing.
This book is more than just a food memoir, however. When Hamilton gets outside the kitchen, she writes about family, love and relationships. She is upfront and honest, discussing the dissolution of her family and her unhappy marriage. Her descriptions of her travels make me yearn to go back to Italy and reminded me to focus on high-quality, simple ingredients.
I give this memoir 4 stars out of 5. If you’re looking for a food- and relationship-focused memoir, I can’t recommend this one enough.