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Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by [Bill Buford]
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An Amazon Best Book of May 2020: It seems like a crazy idea to pick up stakes from a comfortable life in New York and move your wife and three-year-old twins to a city in France (not Paris) to look for a job in a restaurant. It might make more sense if you are Bill Buford, author of Heat, the 2006 book that did for Italian food what, frankly, Dirt will do for French cuisine. But that doesn’t make it any easier. Bill Buford is a foodie with literary chops—he founded the literary magazine Granta and was fiction editor of the New Yorker--but he is also an adventurer, and apparently a very hard worker. After locating a home abroad (Buford’s wife is essential in many of his endeavors), enrolling his kids in a local school, learning French, studying technique at L’Institute Bocuse, and enduring fifteen hour days at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Lyon, the heart of French cuisine, he still managed to write down his experiences with humor and vibrancy. Dirt is the result of five years living and working in France, learning to know the people and their food, and getting to the heart of something—some feeling or quality of living—for which many of us are searching. —Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review
Editors' pick: Just as in Heat, in which Buford immersed himself in Italian food culture, you will taste the sauces, hear the screams of a slaughtered pig, and sweat in the kitchen. But both Dirt and Heat are about something deeper: they are about reconnecting with a part, and a quality, of life that we all fear we are losing."—Chris Schluep, Amazon Editor

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“A profound and intuitive work of immersive journalism.” —The New York Times

“You can almost taste the food in Bill Buford’s Dirt, an engrossing, beautifully written memoir about his life as a cook in France. . . .Buford brings a novelistic approach to his story; he is both observerand participant. He’s an entertaining, often comical, raconteur.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Blazingly entertaining and frequently scalding.” —NPR

“A delightful, highly idiosyncratic exploration. . . . [Dirt] may well bean even greater pleasure than its predecessor.” —The New York Times Book Review

"Pure pleasure. Masterfully written. If you care at all about food, about writing, about obsessive people with a sense of adventure, you have to read this book. It is, in a word, wonderful.” —Ruth Reichl

“[Buford] is knowledgeable, quick, and funny—and Dirt is a work of cultural, historical, and gastronomical depth that reads like an action memoir. . . . He truly took me to the heart of French cuisine.” —Eleanor Beardsley, NPR

“A satisfying and envy-inspiring travelogue.” —Joumana Khatib, The New York Times

"Bill’s ability to fully immerse himself in a foreign place, seemingly at the drop of a dime, is always a sight to behold. With Dirt, Bill dives deep into the unforgiving kitchen culture of Lyon and expresses what it’s truly like to be a cook in this legendary food city.” —Marcus Samuelsson

“[Buford’s] writing is filled with humor and heart. . . . [He] underlines a deeply resonant tenet of life: the value of community.” —Time

“Required reading for anyone with a love of history, good eating, and masterful storytelling.” —David Chang

“Buford has created a unique brand of immersive food writing that channels some of the greatest ever American investigative journalism. In Dirt, he ‘embeds’ his entire family in Lyon, to uncover the heart of French cuisine, its glory, its glaring insecurities and uncertain future.” —Financial Times

“A serious and comprehensive history of French cooking, and of [Buford’s] adopted city.” —The Boston Globe

“Bill Buford is an enthusiast of the highest order. His deep dive into Lyonnais cuisine is a detective story, a love story, and an act of bare-knuckled reverence. It’s earthy, brainy, and delicious.” —Pamela Druckerman

“A great American architect of words.” —The Washington Post

“[A] rollicking, food-stuffed entertainment. . . . Gourmets and gourmands will savour this account of [Buford's] five-year adventure—and so will students of the author’s curious, compelling character.” —The Spectator

“[Dirt] presents an opportunity to examine what it means, exactly, to be an eater. . . . Buford has extended the old adage, You are what you eat, to something broader, encompassing history, culture, the world: We are what we eat. That notion has never rung truer.” —The New Republic

“An energetic, delightful writer, painting scenes like a first-class impressionist. . . . Buford has a knack for bringing the foibles of the human condition to life with an appetite for the eccentric and an eye for detail.” —Milk Street Magazine

“Alternatively buoyant, humorous, and thoughtful, Dirt is a very enjoyable feast.” —Jacques Pépin

“A remarkable book. . . . Buford’s a delightful narrator, and his stories . . . are by turns funny, intimate, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product details

  • ASIN : B081M7TWY5
  • Publisher : Vintage (May 5, 2020)
  • Publication date : May 5, 2020
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2699 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 410 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Vlad Thelad
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon appétit
Reviewed in Canada on June 7, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Digging in the Dirt
Reviewed in Canada on July 4, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Came super fast, was sold as used but was in perfect shape
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1.0 out of 5 stars The book went on forever....
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