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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Buford Narrator: Bill Buford Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From one of our most interesting literary figures—former editor of Granta, former fiction editor at the New Yorker, acclaimed author of Among the Thugs—a sharp, funny, exuberant, close-up account of his headlong plunge into the life of a professional cook.

Expanding on his James Beard Award-winning New Yorker article, Bill Buford gives us a richly evocative chronicle of his experience as “slave” to Mario Batali in the kitchen of Batali’s three-star New York restaurant, Babbo.

In a fast-paced, candid narrative, Buford describes three frenetic years of trials and errors, disappointments and triumphs, as he worked his way up the Babbo ladder from “kitchen bitch” to line cook…his relationship with the larger-than-life Batali, whose story he learns as their friendship grows through (and sometimes despite) kitchen encounters and after-work all-nighters…and his immersion in the arts of butchery in Northern Italy, of preparing game in London, and making handmade pasta at an Italian hillside trattoria.

Heat is a marvelous hybrid: a memoir of Buford’s kitchen adventure, the story of Batali’s amazing rise to culinary (and extra-culinary) fame, a dazzling behind-the-scenes look at a famous restaurant, and an illuminating exploration of why food matters. It is a book to delight in, and to savour.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sharing Buford’s table talk is a pleasure not to be passed up. Michael Redhill, The Globe and Mail
  • Heat is a book about obsession, written by a man in the grip of one. It is fuelled by food, but food is not its only subject — love, sex, comradeship, terror and pain are all part of the story too. The Telegraph
  • “it is clear that Buford can hold his own with anyone in the foodie pedantry stakes…. Heat is a subtle, expletive-heavy, genuine account of a writer’s engagement with food…. [an] ultimately nourishing book. Times Literary Supplement
  • A messy, brilliant book, a high-brow kitchen soap opera, which never skates over the characters’ flaws but is suffused with an infectious love of food and the people who devote their lives to it. The Telegraph (UK)
  • An incisive, cracklingly funny book. Time (Canada)
  • Heat, tightly written, evocative and compelling, is a feast in its own right. Edmonton Journal
  • “A difficult book to put down — if Heat was a movie, you’d be viewing it from behind your fingers. The book is an intoxicating drug we can’t get enough of in paragraph after breathless paragraph of fast-paced and candid prose that leaves both the writer and the reader humbled. . . . And when one reluctantly turns the last page on Heat, it is with a sadness and a hungering for more. Toronto Sun
  • A dazzling and funny account of two magnificently mad years. The Guardian
  • [Buford] excels at vibrantly colourful descriptive writing. . . . What shines through is the story of Bill Buford falling in love with food, and his passionate journey of learning. Vancouver Sun
  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caleb Zigas | 2/10/2014

    " I legitimately believe that this is one of the best books I've ever read about actually being in a kitchen. He understands the dynamics of a working kitchen like no one else I've read, and Batali is simply captivating. Better than working on a line, guaranteed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steph Green | 2/9/2014

    " Love Buford's writing (also loved Among the Thugs); he is self-deprecating and brings each character, even minor ones, vividly alive. I learned a lot about Italian cuisine and butchery (who knew?) from this book and have a new appreciation for the restaurant business, even after having worked in several restaurants myself. Excellent book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kerry Frabizio | 2/8/2014

    " This was fun, but I'll never watch Mario Batali on Iron Chef in the same way again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Oliver | 2/6/2014

    " Buford is a good writer, and I enjoyed this book a lot. His descriptions of the process of learning to be a Babbo chef were hilarious. I really liked the digressions into medieval cookbooks and the Italian view on food. A fast and fun book. Makes m want to go to Italy. Or maybe just eataly. "

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