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Author: Erin French Narrator: Erin French Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2021 ISBN: 9781250791061
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From Erin French, owner and chef of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, named a Time magazine world dining destination, comes this life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up.

Long before The Lost Kitchen became a world dining destination with every seating filled the day the reservation book opens each spring, Erin French was a girl roaming barefoot on a twenty-five-acre farm, a teenager falling in love with food while working the line at her dad’s diner, and a young woman finding her calling as a professional chef at her tiny restaurant tucked into a nineteenth-century mill. This singular memoir—a classic American story—invites listeners to Erin’s corner of her beloved Maine to share the real person behind the “girl from Freedom” fairytale and the not-so-picture-perfect struggles that have taken every ounce of her strength to overcome but that make Erin’s life triumphant.

In Finding Freedom, Erin opens up to the challenges, stumblings, and victories that have led her to the exact place she was ever meant to be, telling stories of multiple rock-bottoms, of darkness and anxiety, of survival as a jobless single mother, of pills that promised release but delivered addiction, of a man who seemed to offer salvation but in the end ripped away her very sense of self. She also tells of the beautiful son who was 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 bringing goodness into the world.

Erin’s experiences with deep loss and abiding hope, told with both honesty and humor, will resonate with women everywhere who are determined to find their voices, create community, grow stronger and discover their best selves, despite seemingly impossible odds. Set against the backdrop of rural Maine and its lushly intense, bountiful seasons, Erin reveals the passion and courage needed to invent oneself anew and the poignant, timeless connections between food and generosity, renewal and freedom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Erin is an overcomer and a risk-taker…Her story is full of passion and courage, and when you read this book, you will walk away feeling inspired and encouraged in your own life.”

    Joanna Gaines, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Engaging stories from the kitchen and beyond…A canny life story from a determined woman with the gift of vision and the wherewithal to implement it.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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About the Author

Erin French is the owner and chef of The Lost Kitchen, a forty-seat restaurant in Freedom, Maine, that has been named by Time magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Places and one of Bloomberg’s Twelve Restaurants Worth Traveling across the World to Experience. A born-and-raised native of Maine, she learned early the simple pleasures of thoughtful food and the importance of gathering for a meal. Her love of sharing Maine and its delicious heritage with curious dinner guests and new friends alike has garnered attention in outlets such as the New York Times (her piece was one of the ten most read articles in the food section the year it was published), Martha Stewart Living, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Food & Wine. She has been invited to share her story on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Chew, CBS This Morning, and The Today Show. She was featured in a short film made by Tastemade in partnership with L. L. Bean, which won a James Beard Award, and The Lost Kitchen Cookbook has been named one of the best cookbooks by the Washington Post, Vogue.com, and Remodelista and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.