Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Blood, Bones & Butter

By Gabrielle Hamilton

  • Release Date: 2011-03-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 687 Ratings
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Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand; the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, where she was often fed by complete strangers and learned the essence of hospitality; Hamilton’s own kitchen at Prune, with its many unexpected challenges; and the kitchen of her Italian mother-in-law, who serves as the link between Hamilton’s idyllic past and her own future family—the result of a prickly marriage that nonetheless yields lasting dividends. By turns epic and intimate, Gabrielle Hamilton’s story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion.


  • Blood Bones & Butter

    By Sufuthal
    Hope she will continue sharing her story as life goes on. Inspirational and informative.
  • She Paints a Beautiful Picture

    By Jennifer_Elizabeth
    I loved this book. I enjoyed Hamilton on Season 4 of The Mind of a Chef on PBS. I enjoy her cooking and this book really told the story of the way she grew up and relationship with food.
  • A favorite for foodies/travelers

    By Monopoless
    Full confession: took me 3 years to read this book. Why? Because it was the first book I bought to read on my iPhone and I realized I hate reading on my iPhone. However it was great to read it whenever I was eating or traveling alone. The book is so well written and I loved learning about Gabrielle's life and love of food and family. Also it was easy to pick up and leave off but still remain engaged in the story. I'm a very busy person w an active social life so finding time to read a book for me is truly a luxury and finally finished it during a solo trip to Europe. I generally get bored of books and don't finish them but this one I didn't want to end. If you love food, writing, and travel this book will transport your senses. Also Prune in NYC is fabulous!
  • Blood, Bones & Butter

    By Nellecgo
    To be both an excellent writer and excellent chef is perfection to me. Gabrielle Hamilton is a very complex woman but she's managed to simplify her life to the reader manifested in her daily routine. I would love to eat at Prune! I would like to know more about her and her interpersonal relationships. She left me wondering about her family and where they are now.
  • Too close to home...

    By Little Fat Mouse
    While this book speaks my language when it comes to food, I became depressed by the authors painful and somewhat sad life. I expected more humor, more sex, and more silliness but ended up feeling as sorry for the author as I feel for myself about being stuck in a dead end relationship that leaves me in constant hunger.
  • good

    By Jen414aaq
    this was a great a book.
  • Makes you hungry

    By TBS.
    The first and last third of this book has you worried for the author in a way that you can't put the book down. The descriptions of food and cooking throughout the entire book have you longingly opening the refrigerator or dreaming of a rustic culinary vacation. Read this at your goal weight not when your trying to drop a few pounds.
  • "Girl Interrupted" meets "Under the Tuscan Sun"

    I read this book with equal measures of trepidation, mystification and admiration. Gabrielle Hamilton is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen as well as on the written page. I loved the fact that I relished every moment I was reading this book. Can't wait to try Prune!
  • Blood, Bones & Butter

    Sensous, real, refreshingly shocking and honest. From her descriptive lovingly prepared roasted lamb for gloriously imaginative parties of her father's, to forced loss of childhood, to the no nonsence restaurant owner, the constant in the author's life is food. Beautiful, life sustaining, amazing food. Loved the book, highly reccommend!
  • Very moving

    By i<3mchelcra
    If she cooks half as well as she writes, then I must add dining at Prune to my bucket list...