Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

A chef with writing talent is a welcome combination. Hamilton describes the large boisterous family she grew up in, roasting goats for big parties, her father a set designer and with access to costumes, her mother a retired ballerina who leaves her father and the family crumbles when Gabriella is not yet a teenager. She gets jobs in restaurants, becomes a catering chef, works at a girls camp, has relationships with ladies, lives in NYC, marries an Italian man and falls in love with his family.
A solid beach read, the first and last sections are beautifully written, with a jarring contrast as soon as her family disintegrates.