For Book Beginnings:
"And our husband is okay with that?" an acquaintance asked me when I shared the news that I'd accepted a job cooking for the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
- p. 5
For Friday 56:
For me, the week went something like this: requests for "the gross parts" of the chickens I was butchering, a query into whether I could order a live goat from US food, pledges refusing to talk to me for an entire day, strange clothing hung in the basement, locked doors forbidding me access to food storage areas, and paraphernalia that did not appear to be the stuff of your normal frat party.
- p. 57 (sorry, page 57 was much more interesting!)
If you like to read about food, you may find this a fun read. Imagine having to cook for a frat house! :) I found this quite endearing. Frat house? If fries and pizza ... and lots of booze is running through your head, you've got it all wrong. Darlene Barnes was having none of that. You can check out my REVIEW here, with a giveaway for 1 copy (US/Can only). Just keep scrolling down ...
About Hungry: What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me about Life, Love & the Power of Good Food:
“Few sane cooks would take on the trials of cooking five days a week for a fraternity house. Unique, funny, touching.” —Booklist
Newly arrived in Seattle, Darlene Barnes stumbles on a job ad for a cook at the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity on the University of Washington, Seattle, campus, a prospect most serious food professionals would automatically reject. But Barnes envisions something other than kegs and corn dogs; she sees an opportunity to bring fresh, real food to an audience accustomed to “Asian Surprise” and other unidentifiable casseroles dropped by a catering service. And she sees a chance to reinvent herself, by turning a maligned job into meaningful work of her own creation: “I was the new girl and didn’t know or care about the rules.”
In HUNGRY, naively expecting a universally appreciative audience, Barnes finds an exasperatingly challenging environment: the kitchen is nasty, the basement is scary, and the customers are not always cooperative. Undaunted, she gives as good as she gets with these foul-mouthed and irreverent—but also funny and sensitive—guys. Her passion for real food and her sharp tongue make her kitchen a magnet for the brothers, new recruits, and sorority girls tired of frozen dinners.
Laugh-out-loud funny and poignant, HUNGRY offers a female perspective on the real lives of young men, tells a tale of a woman’s determined struggle to find purpose, and explores the many ways that food feeds us.
Hungry for more? Thanks to the publisher, I have 1 copy of Hungry to give away! (US/Can only)