“If you want to understand modern restaurant culture, you need to read this book. Gordinier takes us into the fabulously obsessive realm of the world’s most fascinating chef—and he does it with the voice of a poet. You will remember this every time you go out to eat.”
Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums
In conversation with chef Sonja Finn and Dan Gigler
Sonja Finn is the chef & owner of Dinette and the executive chef of The Café Carnegie
Dan Gigler is the food & features writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Feeling stuck in his work and home life, New York Times contributor and Food & Drinks Editor for Esquire, Jeff Gordinier had a fateful meeting with Danish chef René Redzepi of Noma. A restless perfectionist, Redzepi was at the top of his game but was looking to tear it all down, to shutter his two-Michelin-star restaurant and set out for new places, flavors, and recipes.
Over the span of four years Gordinier joins Redzepi as his culinary Sancho Panza. In the jungle of the Yucatán peninsula, Redzepi and his comrades go off-road in search of the perfect taco. In Sydney, they forage for sea rocket and sandpaper figs in suburban parks and 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 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.
“A piece of writing as breathless and as urgent as its subject. Wonderful all-in, full-on story telling. I read as I might eat a meal when I’m really, really hungry: all in one sitting.
Bill Buford, author of Heat
A book signing will follow the lecture. The author’s current book will be available for sale from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.