Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir
- Publish Date: 2017-05-16
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Amy Thielen
A beautifully written food memoir chronicling one womanâs journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine diningâand back againâin search of her culinary roots
Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York Cityâs finest kitchensâfor chefs David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichtenâshe grew up in a northern Minnesota town home to the nationâs largest French fry factory, the headwaters of the fast food nation, with a mother whose generous cooking dripped with tenderness, drama, and an overabundance of butter.
Â Â Â Â Inspired by her grandmotherâs tales of cooking in the family farmhouse, Thielen moves north with her artist husband to a rustic, off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that leads her to the sensory madhouse of New Yorkâs top haute cuisine brigades. But, like a magnet, the foods of her youth draw her back home, where she comes face to face with her past and a curious truth: that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions.
Â Â Â Â Amy Thielenâs coming-of-age story pulses with energy, a cookâs eye for intimate detail, and a dose of dry Midwestern humor.Â Give a Girl a KnifeÂ offers a fresh, vivid view into New Yorkâs high-end restaurants before returning Thielen to her roots, where she realizes that the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace but gravyâthick with nostalgia and hard to resist.