Blood, Bones, and Butter audio edition book cover

Blood, Bones, and Butter

by Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
March 3, 2011

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Blood, Bones, and Butter
by Gabrielle Hamilton
(Random House, 2011)
audio edition

One of the most exciting things that’s happened in the world of food this week was the release of Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter. The life of Hamilton, Chef-owner of Prune, as she tells it, is so captivating, I savored this book from the first page to the last. Her writing is stunning and her story so beautifully told that this book is not just for food lovers, but also for anyone who appreciates a good novel. Check out our review.

This month’s Baking Friday prize is the audio edition of Blood, Bones, and Butter, narrated by Gabrielle Hamilton herself. Get a taste with these two audio clips, and don’t forget to scroll down to enter for your chance to win a copy!

Opening Prune
Hamilton describes the first time she sees the Prune space and her decision to open a restaurant.

Hamilton explains her relationship with her Italian mother-in-law, how they communicate through food rather than words.


Comments (22)


Mar 4, 05:35 AM

From psychedelic mushrooms to mock turtle soup, bread-and-butterfly—not to mention the Walrus’ and Carpenter’s oysters: Alice in Wonderland!


Mar 4, 05:47 AM

Like Water for Chocolate. Best food book ever! That crying into your cooking could make everyone sick – brilliant!


Mar 4, 05:53 AM

I’m in agreement with Judy. Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter struck such a cord with me as a kid! Those silly little oysters. So sad.


Mar 4, 05:54 AM

It would have to be Green Eggs and Ham. I read a lot of the adult books about food but sometimes they overlook the pure obsession we have with our favorite foods.


Mar 4, 06:04 AM

I’m afraid I’ll be making lots of comments today. The topic is just too close to my heart.

JULIA! I can’t begin to tell you how obsessed I was with Green Eggs and Ham as a kid! I used to go to the library and watch it on microfiche. I dreamed of green eggs and ham becoming a real delicacy!

Katy Conway

Mar 4, 06:26 AM

The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher. So many fascinating stories about her discovery of food amid her travels throughout France. It’s a classic.


Mar 4, 06:31 AM

Taking a different spin on things: The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation.


Mar 4, 07:03 AM

This is so tough – I love so many food-related books! I just cooked Ruth Reichl’s Channing Way Shrimp Curry last night so she’s fresh on my mind. I loved Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, and Garlic and Sapphires!


Mar 4, 07:04 AM

I have to second Adria’s pics, but I’ll also throw in On Rue Tatin.


Mar 4, 07:12 AM

The Omnivore’s Dilemma also tops my list.


Mar 4, 07:24 AM

“Kitchen Confidential” because it opened up the realities of the working kitchen….in a good way for non restaurant people!!!


Mar 4, 07:41 AM

Such a classic, but I’m obsessed with our Julia Child’s My Life in France.


Mar 4, 07:53 AM

This might sound weird, but “My Life in France” by Julia Child is one of the most inspiring books I’ve ever read. Besides being inspiring, I had to read it (and “Under the Tuscan Sun”, too) with glass of red wine in hand. Too much yumminess!


Mar 4, 08:10 AM

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. Such a fascinating way to cover so much time and so many places. The audio version also made me love the word “Guerande.”


Mar 4, 08:35 AM

Tender at the Bone.


Mar 4, 08:44 AM

“How to Cook Like a Wolf” by MFK Fisher.


Mar 4, 10:34 AM

As a child, my favorite book was Guri and Gura- where they make a humongout pancake!!! I still love that book and story!

Scott Segel

Mar 4, 02:43 PM

Kitchen Confidential. Made sure I never eat the fish special and never ear swordfish ever again. Thanks Tony!


Mar 4, 04:56 PM

For some lite reading try any of the Joanne Fluke mysteries! Some titles: Devil’s Food Cake Murder; Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder; Apple Turnover Murder; etc. Fun and quick-reads.


Mar 5, 02:51 PM

“How to Cook a Wolf” by MFK Fisher. When the wolf is at the door cravings must be elevated to fantasy.

Terri Lee

Mar 5, 09:43 PM

Fast food Nation and Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Sherry Allen

Mar 22, 08:53 PM

Awaiting for the book to appear at the county library. Heard the interview on NPR- can’t wait for it to get here. There are only 44 people before me!!

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