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Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch Audio CD – CD, April 6, 2021
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"[Erin French's] memoir treats listeners to a smooth ride through an anything-but-smooth life. French's engrossing narration delivers polished consistency, and her gentle tone ushers listeners through her story. She speaks with passion and grace, creating a compelling narrative--with plenty of mouthwatering food descriptions." -- AudioFile Magazine
**New York Times Bestseller**
This program is read by the author.
From Erin French, owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, a TIME world dining destination, a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up.
Long before The Lost Kitchen became a world dining destination with every seating filled the day the reservation book opens each spring, Erin French was a girl roaming barefoot on a 25-acre farm, a teenager falling in love with food while working the line at her dad’s diner and a young woman finding her calling as a professional chef at her tiny restaurant tucked into a 19th century mill. This singular memoir―a classic American story―invites listeners to Erin's corner of her beloved Maine to share the real person behind the “girl from Freedom” fairytale, and the not-so-picture-perfect struggles that have taken every ounce of her strength to overcome, and that make Erin’s life triumphant.
In Finding Freedom, Erin opens up to the challenges, stumbles, and victories that have led her to the exact place she was ever meant to be, telling stories of multiple rock-bottoms, of darkness and anxiety, of survival as a jobless single mother, of pills that promised release but delivered addiction, of a man who seemed to offer salvation but in the end ripped away her very sense of self. And of the beautiful son who was her guiding light as she slowly rebuilt her personal and culinary life around the solace she found in food―as a source of comfort, a sense of place, as a way of bringing goodness into the world. Erin’s experiences with deep loss and abiding hope, told with both honesty and humor, will resonate with women everywhere who are determined to find their voices, create community, grow stronger and discover their best-selves despite seemingly impossible odds. Set against the backdrop of rural Maine and its lushly intense, bountiful seasons, Erin reveals the passion and courage needed to invent oneself anew, and the poignant, timeless connections between food and generosity, renewal and freedom.
A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books
“This is a beautiful memoir of resilience, creativity, and amazing cooking. I was totally inspired and you will be too!” -- Ina Garten
"Erin French is a talented chef, a successful entrepreneur, a beautiful young woman, and a passionate promoter of living the 'good life.' This book chronicles the incredible ups, and relatable downs, of building a life and a business." -- Martha Stewart
"Erin is an overcomer and a risk-taker. She’s the kind of person who, when faced with a setback, pushes forward and makes beauty out of hardship. Her story is full of passion and courage, and when you read this book, you will walk away feeling inspired and encouraged in your own life.” -- Joanna Gaines, Co-Founder, Magnolia
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- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (April 6, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250791073
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250791078
- Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2021
Erin didn't spare any wrong choice or hurtful thing done to her by others and that made the writing raw and kept me glued to the pages. I think others who read this will have their lives changed for the better--everyone has issues and carries baggage from life choices and we don't always get to know the whole truth--and I hope readers will remember this when dealing with other people and find compassion and patience.
Overall, the writing is clear, understandable, and made me feel what the author was feeling, and the food-centered life brought all the tastes, sights, and smells of comforting cooking. I highly recommend this memoir that flows like a well-written novel and brought hope to me with the strength Erin found within herself to fight for her own life and her son's.
French tells a poignant story of starting over, fighting to get her son back, and beginning again with her now successful restaurant in her hometown of Freedom, Maine.
As someone who believes in second, third, and fourth chances, I truly loved this story. There are a few "F-bombs," in the book, as others have said, but only a few. This is about enduring abuse, making mistakes, and then fighting to start again. It's also the story of a girl who wants desperately to get out of her small town, does so, and then finds joy and peace when she returns to that very small town she wanted to leave so badly. I've always known you CAN go home again, and Erin French proves that point.
I saw another review that said Ms. French is not a chef. She states that plainly herself. She is a self-taught cook who likes to use locally grown, organic meat and produce to make stunning dishes. Her restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, is so popular that people have to enter a lottery by post card each year to get a reservation. Thousands of reservations pour in from all over the world for this 40 seat restaurant. So chef or not, she produces good food.
Fans of The Lost Kitchen, proponents of home grown, locally sourced food, and those who believe in second and third chances will enjoy this memoir.