Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir

Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir Author Amy Thielen
ISBN-10 0307954900
ISBN-13 9780307954909
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Clarkson Potter
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A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one womans journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine diningand back againin search of her culinary roots Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York Citys finest kitchensfor chefs David Bouley Daniel Boulud and Jean Georges Vongerichtenshe grew up in a northern Minnesota town home to the nations largest French fry factory the headwaters of the fast food nation with a mother whose generous cooking dripped with tenderness drama and an overabundance of butter Inspired by her grandmothers tales of cooking in the family farmhouse Thielen moves north with her artist husband to a rustic off the grid cabin deep in the woods There standing at the stove three times a day she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that leads her to the sensory madhouse of New Yorks top haute cuisine brigades But like a magnet the foods of her youth draw her back home where she comes face to face with her past and a curious truth that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions Amy Thielens coming of age story pulses with energy a cooks eye for intimate detail and a dose of dry Midwestern humor Give a Girl a Knifeoffers a fresh vivid view into New Yorks high end restaurants before returning Thielen to her roots where she realizes that the marrow running through her bones is not demi glace but gravythick with nostalgia and hard to resist

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