A staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Among the Thugs offers an exuberant, witty account of his entry into the world of a professional cook-in-training, documenting his experiences in the kitchen of Mario Batali's acclaimed restaurant Babbo, his apprenticeships with Batali's former teachers, his relationship with Batali, and his immersion in the world of food.
"Those of us in our 40's will certainly understand the allure of re-examining your life and career, not to mention the romance of actually changing it, dramatically. Finally, many of us will also be consumed by jealousy. HEAT is a remarkable journey--I only wish I'd thought to make it."
Julia Reed, New York Times, 05/28/2006
"There is something here for everyone. Anybody who enjoys characters will be drawn into the dramas of the Babbo kitchen cast...Dinner party cooks will understand the drive toward learning more and the gratification that derives from making other people happy...HEAT is a remarkable journey--I only wish I'd thought to make it."
Julia Reed, New York Times Book Review, 05/28/2006