New York chef Gabrielle Hamilton is coming to Hollins for a book signing on March 15th and a benefit dinner on March 16.
Hamilton is chef/owner of Prune a small bistro in New York’s East Village. In a 2005 New York Times Restaurant Review Frank Bruni called Prune, “a small restaurant with a large footprint.” He said that neighbors, strangers, chefs and food writers came because they were, “enchanted by the lack of pretense in Ms. Hamilton’s preparations.”
Not only is she a chef, but she is also a writer having earned an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur, and Food & Wine, and in six volumes of the anthology, Best Food Writing.
A press release from Hollins says, “Random House is publishing “Blood, Bones & Butter” in March. The book has already been widely praised by America’s leading culinary authorities for its unflinchingly honest account of Hamilton’s unconventional, decades-long journey to find purpose and meaning in her life.”
In a wonderful review of the book, with an excerpt at the bottom, NPR writer Jennifer Reese says, “While her roasted marrowbones may be great, her prose is virtuoso.” Celebrity chef Mario Batali said, “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.” And Anthony Bourdain said, “Magnificent. Simply the best memoir by a chef ever. Ever.”
From the articles I’ve read, the book takes us into the kitchen fires and everywhere Hamilton goes, starting with a spring lamb roast when she was a kid. The book looks interesting on multiple levels including the praise for her writing.
And because the book looks so interesting, and the author is coming to Roanoke for a book signing, I’m excited to say I have three copies to give away.
In order to be entered into the contest please post a comment letting me know what you think makes a great memoir. Is it the person’s life or the writing that keeps you reading? What is the best memoir you’ve read? Who would you like to see write a memoir?
Also, if you know someone who would be interested in this book and would like to go to the signing, please let me know in a post and that person will be entered too. And please post and share this with your friends.
I will post the winners on Thursday, March 10, around noon. Please be on the lookout so you will receive your mailed copy by March 15.
The reading and book signing is Tuesday, March 15, at 7:00 pm in the Frances Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center at Hollins University.
The dinner is Wednesday, March 16, at 6:00 pm in the Kirby Riding Ring. Tickets are $100 per person and includes dinner, a copy of “Blood, Bones & Butter,“ and a tax-deductible donation to the Horizon Program.