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Meeting: Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Join in the discussion on Bones, Blood and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

 

Please feel free (but not obligated) to bring beverages and/or food to share. Be prepared to laugh, discuss, listen, and have a great time!

 

I will e-mail the address on Monday Evening 8/12 to all who have replied "YES". Please be aware, the google map associated with this group is not accurate.  The RSVP will close on Monday 8/12 9 pm.

 

Looking forward to seeing you again and meeting new people!


Andrea

 

Book Summary:

Gabrielle Hamilton's memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, is just what a chef's story should be--delectable, dripping with flavor, tinged with adrenaline and years of too-little sleep. What sets Hamilton apart, though, is her ability to write with as much grace as vitriol, a distinct tenderness marbling her meaty story. Hamilton spent her idyllic childhood on a wild farm in rural Pennsylvania with an exhilarant father--an artist and set builder--and French mother, both "incredibly special and outrageously handsome." As she entered her teens, however, her family unexpectedly dissolved. She moved to New York City at 16, living off loose change and eating ketchup packets from McDonald’s; worked 20-hour days at a soulless catering company; traveled, often half-starved, through Europe; and cooked for allergy-riddled children at a summer camp. The constant thread running through this patchwork tale, which culminates with the opening of her New York City restaurant, Prune, is Hamilton's slow simmering passion for cooking and the comfort it can bring. "To be picked up and fed, often by strangers, when you are in that state of fear and hunger, became the single most important food experience I came back to over and over," Hamilton writes, and it's this poignant understanding of the link between food and kindness that makes Blood, Bones & Butter so satisfying to read. --Lynette Mong

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  • A former member
    A former member

    One more thing as I eat Arizmendi's Garlic Bread prepared by Blue Molecule (yumm) - could you submit the names of the RED wines that were opened - I got to taste one of them, but don't remember the brand or name - and I would like to get some.

    August 14, 2013

    • andrea j.

      No can do... they were picked up for recycling today.

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All ... a couple of thoughts keep rolling in my head - comments from last night - hopefully I get the meaning:
    1. the protagonist passion with the Italian family echoed someone's personal history of their marriage to Mexican lore and festivals - something that hadn't been in her birth family (did I get it right)?
    2. imagine that the protagonist lived 14 years in a relationship with someone she wasn't terribly fond of in exchange for that July every year.

    I think about what dignity or value I may exchanged for some other value in my own life.

    Thanks all ... for a great discussion.

    August 14, 2013

  • Jennifer O.

    Who was looking for an apartment? Here's one: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/apa/3976882112.html

    August 14, 2013

    • Shannon

      Thanks Jennifer!

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What passion in the discussion! Appreciated a couple of wonderful comments and insights. Lovely group. Thanks! BTW - great dinner idea Jennifer ... thank you.

    1 · August 14, 2013

    • felicia J.

      I am so sorry I missed it. My stomach is feeling better. Thanks Karen for checking up on me. See you at the next one.

      August 14, 2013

  • felicia J.

    Jennifer, I am off from work this week do you need me to go to the restaurant early??

    August 13, 2013

    • felicia J.

      Jennifer, I am going to have to pass on tonight. I feel like I am coming down with a stomach bug.

      August 13, 2013

    • ritakell

      I am passing too. Have a lovely dinner!

      August 13, 2013

  • Karen

    I can get to Delfina's around 5:50, too. Thanks for making it happen, Jennifer.

    August 13, 2013

  • ritakell

    Sorry to miss you all tonight. It is a great book. Hope to get to the next meeting.

    August 13, 2013

  • Irene

    looks like we got a nice large group today. Bringing a guest. Hope it's OK.

    August 13, 2013

  • felicia J.

    Hey Jennifer,

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok for those of you who are joining for dinner here's the info about where we are going

    Pizzeria Delfina[masked]th St, San Francisco, CA ‎
    (415)[masked] ‎ · pizzeriadelfina.com

    Its between Guerreo & Dolores not far from the F or J church trains at 18th & Church. I haven't walked from Pizzeria D's to Andrea's yet but I would say it's about a 10-15 minute walk (no hills).

    I'm coming from downtown and will try to get there as close to 5:50-5:55 as I can to grab a big table. If anyone can get there earlier to help with this, that would be great. I promise next month we'll chose someplace on Castro for a quick walk. Need more info? Give me a call 415-three-75 - zero 506

    August 11, 2013

    • Jennifer O.

      And now I feel like a dope and now can make it to dinner. I hope that does not complicate things!

      August 13, 2013

    • Shannon

      I look forward to dinner with all of you.

      August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My apologies. I was told I am on call tomorrow and need to be at the hospital. It's a great book! Hope the discussion is good and I'll catch up at the next one...

    August 12, 2013

  • felicia J.

    I will see you ladies there.

    August 11, 2013

  • Brenda

    Yes, I'll join you all for Pizza Delfina. See you there!

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pizza delphina sounds great how about meeting around 5:45-6:00. I think I counted about 6 of us. Anyone else interested?

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Denisse

      I. Am

      August 9, 2013

    • ritakell

      Where is the restaurant? Can we walk from restaurant to meeting?

      August 9, 2013

  • felicia J.

    Do we know where we are eating at yet?? And what time??

    August 9, 2013

  • ritakell

    What is address of restaurant, and can we walk to meeting from there? Thanks.

    August 9, 2013

  • Denisse

    I would like to go

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey since this book is food related.... Anyone want to meet for a quick bite to eat in the Castro before meeting at Andrea's for the Book group? Maybe 6:00 ish?

    2 · July 23, 2013

  • Denisse

    My first book club I been looking for long time :)

    August 8, 2013

  • Shannon

    Looking forward to my very first book club!

    July 30, 2013

  • marie

    Is there a suggested list of beverages and/or snacks to bring?

    July 29, 2013

  • ritakell

    Let me know about the pre-meeting dinner plans, please.

    July 25, 2013

  • Karen

    Count me in on dinner. Great idea!

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me four ... or five ... (meaning, count me in also) ...

      July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The title alone is fascinating!

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are anxious to meet some great, well-read local women!!!

    July 18, 2013

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