Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen (Hardback)Erin French (author)
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From Erin French, owner and chef of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, comes a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal and the pleasure of bringing joy to people through food.
Erin French grew up barefoot on a farm, fell in love with food as a teenager working the line at her dad's diner and found her calling as a professional chef at her tiny restaurant The Lost Kitchen, tucked into a 19th-century mill-now a world-renowned dining destination.
In Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen, Erin tells her story of multiple rock-bottoms, from medical student to pregnant teen, of survival as a jobless single mother, of pills that promised release but delivered addiction, of a man who seemed to offer salvation but ripped away her very sense of self. And of her son who became her guiding light as she slowly rebuilt her personal and culinary life around the solace she found in food-as a source of comfort, a sense of place, as a way of creating community and making something of herself, despite seemingly impossible odds.
Set against the backdrop of rural Maine and its lushly intense, bountiful seasons, Erin French's rollercoaster memoir reveals struggles that have taken every ounce of her strength to overcome, and the passion and courage behind the fairytale success of The Lost Kitchen.
Publisher: Aurum Press
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
* New York Times *
"Readers will root for French and will be fascinated by her efforts at survival, redemption, and rejuvenation. Notably heavier on insight and lighter on hubris than the average chef memoir, this will speak to both the brokenhearted and those with kitchen dreams of their own."
* Publishers Weekly *
"It is a terrific book. I couldn't put it down... Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen is a page-turning, tear-provoking recollection of a life that was anything but perfect...Talk about a story of resilience...Erin French is a life force, a magnet and a mirror for others."
* HARRY SMITH, NBC Today Show *
'Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen is a tale of hard knocks, second chances and a feverish passion for unfancy, joy-inducing food...[It] is part of a publishing trend - from Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential to Victoria James's Wine Girl - that reveals the complex characters who make up the restaurant industry.' * SUNDAY TIMES STYLE *
'What impresses me most about this book is Erin French's evocative writing about food. She describes it so well you can taste it." * Wall Street Journal *
"Think "Wild" with whisks and buttery mashed potatoes instead of hiking boots and breathtaking views." * New York Times Book Review *
"This is the most unexpected and glorious food memoir you could ever read. Chef Erin French founded the restaurant Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, where it became one of the most acclaimed (and hardest to book) spots in the food world. However, behind French's success is a tale of a fractured family, a childhood spent working (and observing) in her father's diner, prescription drugs, an abusive marriage and fighting back from the brink. You will gobble it up."* Stylist Magazine *
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