Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch

Macmillan Audio. Apr. 2021. 9:36 hrs. ISBN 9781250791078. $44.99. MEMOIR
Self-trained chef and restaurateur French shares her memoir about discovering the potential of food as a medium for artistic creation. French’s journey is sometimes rocky, but her book is a poignant look at how food can be beautiful and healing. From scooping ice cream cones at her father’s diner, to bringing fine dining and culinary adventure to rural Maine, her tale is rooted in food. French narrates the audiobook herself, which gives it intimacy as she chases dreams, loses battles, and ultimately finds freedom. Vivid descriptions of ingredients and dishes balance heartbreak that brings the author to the brink of tears. Fans of cookbooks and food writing will enjoy the rich narration and French’s path to success as a chef. Finding her voice in the kitchen ultimately led to French finding her voice and strength in the rest of her life, which is a story that memoir fans will relish.
VERDICT Well worth a listen for those who find joy in food and personal triumph.
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