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Monday, August 1, 2016

CURRENTLY READING: SWEETBITTER


Sweetbitter, another book that seems to have been everywhere this summer, recommended by everyone from Bon Appetite to NPR, which is where I first heard about it through an interview with the author Stephanie Danler. As someone loves food and restaurants, I've always been interested in the "behind the scenes". I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book.

Twenty-two, and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing, in a low-level job at "the best restaurant in New York City." Grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest Champagnes, the appellations of Burgundy. At the same time, she opens herself to friendships--and love-- set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights. As her appetites sharpen-- for food and wine, but also knowledge, experience, and belonging--Tess is drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle that will prove to be her most exhilarating and painful lesson of all.

Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillustionment, and the wisdom that comes from experience, both sweet and bitter.

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