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Heat In 2002, New Yorker staffer Buford began apprenticing after-hours at NYC's Babbo. Though as a novice he was known as ''the kitchen bitch,'' he fell...HeatNonfiction In 2002, New Yorker staffer Buford began apprenticing after-hours at NYC's Babbo. Though as a novice he was known as ''the kitchen bitch,'' he fell...2006-05-19Knopf
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Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Bill Buford; Publisher: Knopf

In 2002, New Yorker staffer Buford began apprenticing after-hours at NYC’s Babbo. Though as a novice he was known as ”the kitchen bitch,” he fell hard for the gutsy food and eventually went on to study tortellini wrapping and hog butchering in Italy.

Kitchen Hero
Mario Batali, Babbo’s flamboyantly Rabelaisian, filthy-mouthed chef. His motto: ”Wretched excess is just barely enough.”

The Skinny
Buford’s account of his romance with Italian cooking is wonderfully thoughtful and personal, if meandering.

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