Top positive review
Unique view of typhoid Mary, cook to cook.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
I really enjoyed Anthony Bourdain's story of typhoid Mary. He presents a fascinating correlation between kitchen workers in the 1800's and today. Further he takes the history of cooks back to Roman times and the frustration of cooks being on the lowest end of the economic ladder while being the people who feed households. Doing an incredible amount of research, Bourdain combined the remnants he could find of Mary's story, which probably began in Ireland, the Irish potato famine, the background that provides plausible reasons for her recalcitrance with Doctors, medical history, the story of typhoid, modern sewage and more. Bourdain does not try to offer any answers. Instead, his curiosity leads us back to a different time, although not that long ago, the mindset and classicism of society, the Victorian age and the plight of the less than wealthy, particularly women. As a cook and a chef Bourdain provides an insight far different from the medical community or a standard biography. Bourdain ultimately paints a picture of Mary that is true to life, poignant, miserable, and sad. Mary's life was less than exemplary but Bourdain's description reveals a person named Mary, not the "typhoid Mary" she became. Bourdain concluded the story by finding Mary's grave and giving her a gift. Cook to cook.