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  • An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
  • Written by: Bill Buford
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Heat

Written by: Bill Buford
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2006 William Buford (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the critics say

"Terrific culinary writing.... A wonderfully detailed and highly amusing book." (Publishers Weekly)

"Buford's mastery of the stove is exceeded only by his deft handling of English prose." (Booklist)

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great!

was a great listen through a load of prep. makes the grind much easier. listen to it!

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Great Book

This is a fantastic book and gives you a great look at what it is like to work in a real kitchen and also gives you a look at the real Mario Batali

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Not nearly as good as dirt

A confused and rambling story . Not very engaging or enjoyable. I don't recommend this book.

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Be careful what you order....

I guess I've heard horror stories about restaurant kitchens before, but I think I'd rather eat in Tuscany than New York. But overall an interesting look at the workings of kitchens large and small. HOWEVER, the narrator's attempts at a British accent were incredibly bad and distracted from some of the most interesting anecdotes.

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Peek Behind The Curtain

I felt like I was experiencing life as a line cook in a Michelin star restaurant. So compelling!

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