Jeff Gordinier - "Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World"
About Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World
A food critic chronicles four years spent traveling with renowned chef René Redzepi in search of the most tantalizing flavors the world has to offer.
Hungry is a book about not only the hunger for food, but for risk, for reinvention, for creative breakthroughs, and for connection. Feeling stuck in his work and home life, writer Jeff Gordinier happened into a fateful meeting with Danish chef René Redzepi, whose restaurant, Noma, has been called the best in the world. A restless perfectionist, Redzepi was at the top of his game but was looking to tear it all down, to shutter his restaurant and set out for new places, flavors, and recipes.
This is the story of the subsequent four years of globe-trotting culinary adventure, with Gordinier joining Redzepi as his Sancho Panza. In the jungle of the Yucatán peninsula, Redzepi and his comrades go off-road in search of the perfect taco and the secrets of molé. In idyllic Sydney, they forage for sea rocket and wild celery on surf-lashed beaches. On a boat in the Arctic Circle, a lone fisherman guides them to what may or may not be his secret cache of the world’s finest sea urchins. And back in Copenhagen, the quiet canal-lined city where Redzepi started it all, he plans the resurrection of his restaurant on the unlikely site of a garbage-filled empty lot. Along the way, readers meet Redzepi’s merry band of friends and collaborators, including acclaimed chefs such as Danny Bowien, Kylie Kwong, Rosio Sánchez, David Chang, and Enrique Olvera.
Hungry is a memoir, a travelogue, a portrait of a chef, and a chronicle of the moment when daredevil cooking became the most exciting and groundbreaking form of artistry.
About the Author
Jeff Gordinier is the food & drinks editor of Esquire magazine and the author of the new book Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World, a travelogue/memoir that explores themes of creative risk and reinvention. He spent six years on staff at The New York Times, and over the course of 30 years in journalism he has contributed work to Details, GQ, Elle, Outside, Spin, Real Simple, Departures, Travel + Leisure, Entertainment Weekly, Creative Nonfiction, Lit Hub, the Los Angeles Times, and the website of the Poetry Foundation. His other books are 2008's X Saves the World and 2015's Here She Comes Now, a collection of essays about women in music, which he co-edited with Marc Weingarten. He lives close to the Hudson River with his wife, Lauren Fonda, and his four children.
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