Give A Girl A Knife

Give A Girl A Knife

A Memoir

eBook - 2017
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A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one cook's journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining-and back again-in search of her culinary roots Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York City's finest kitchens-for chefs David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten-she grew up in a northern Minnesota town home to the nation's largest French fry factory, the headwaters of the fast food nation, with a mother whose generous cooking pulsed with joy, family drama, and an overabundance of butter. Inspired by her grandmother's tales of cooking on the family farm, Thielen moves with her artist husband to the rustic, off-the-grid cabin he built in the woods. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that leads to the sensory madhouse of New York's top haute cuisine brigades. When she goes home, 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, and that taste memory is the most important ingredient of all. Amy Thielen's coming-of-age account brims with energy, a cook's eye for intimate detail, and a dose of dry Midwestern humor. Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh, vivid view into New York's high-end restaurant before returning Thielen to her roots, where she realizes that the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace, but gravy-honest, thick with nostalgia, and hard to resist.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9780307954930
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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howiecat
Sep 02, 2017

Loved it. Being from Mn originally may have a impact. (grew up in S.Calif). The story of someone who comes from N. Mn, and it is wild and cold. Who ends up cooking in NY City at high end restaurants blew my mind. She goes back and forth from Mn to NY City. Nice boyfriend who becomes her husband. Near Minneapolis they have a rustic house with a luscious garden, fruit trees, and just the gorgeous simple life (if you're 20)... No recipes just great story telling about a interesting family.

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