By Darlene Barnes
"The publication is as a lot approximately nourishment because it is nutrition. Barnes' affection for the fraternity brothers incorporates the narrative. . . . A heartening memoir of excellent foodstuff and hard love."
Newly arrived in Seattle, Darlene Barnes stumbles on a task advert for a cook dinner on the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity at the collage of Washington campus, a prospect such a lot severe nutrients execs could immediately reject. yet Barnes envisions whatever except kegs and corn canines; she sees a chance to carry clean, genuine meals to an viewers familiar with "Asian shock" and different unidentifiable casseroles dropped off by way of a catering carrier. and she or he additionally sees an opportunity to reinvent herself, through turning a maligned activity into significant paintings of her personal construction: "I was once the hot woman and did not comprehend or care in regards to the rules."
Naively waiting for a universally appreciative viewers, Barnes unearths a extra exasperatingly hard surroundings: The kitchen is nasty, the basement is horrifying, and the purchasers should not regularly cooperative. Undaunted, she supplies pretty much as good as she will get with those foul-mouthed and irreverent--but additionally humorous and sensitive--guys. Her ardour for genuine foodstuff and her sharp tongue make her kitchen a magnet for the brothers, new recruits, and sorority ladies bored with frozen dinners.
Laugh-out-loud humorous and poignant, Hungry deals a feminine point of view at the actual lives of younger males, tells a story of a woman's decided fight to discover function, and explores the various ways in which meals feeds us.
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