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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,537 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Buford Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged 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 savor.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie Anne | 2/15/2014

    " Compare part 6 with chapter 6 of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/13/2014

    " I didn't love the cadence of this book but the adventure was very cool to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicky | 2/12/2014

    " An amazing book. A must read for a foodie who is into Italian food!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caleb Zigas | 2/9/2014

    " 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. "

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