Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French
By Bill Buford
2021 • Vintage
FINALLY! From the author of the best-selling, widely acclaimed Heat-a new hilariously self-deprecating, highly obsessive account of the author's adventures, this time, in the world of French haute cuisine.
Buford turns his inimitable attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France. Baffled by the language, but convinced that he can master the art of French cooking-or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered-he begins what becomes a five-year odyssey by shadowing the esteemed French chef Michel Richard, in Washington, D.C. But when Buford (quickly) realizes that a stage in France is necessary, he goes-this time with his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow-to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at L'Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied, Michelin-starred La Mère Brazier, enduring the endless hours and exacting rigeur of the kitchen, Buford becomes a man obsessed.
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