Author Bill Buford is in Seattle tonight to promote his hot-line joyride, Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany.
The former New Yorker fiction editor who quit his office job for kitchen shifts will read from his new book at 7:30 p.m. at Elliott Bay Book Co.
One reviewer said: "The book is part memoir, part biography and part tutorial, and its deftly intertwining narratives include everything from high-end restaurant gossip and kitchen secrets to a passionate homage to the rapidly declining traditions of handmade food."
Another wrote: The kitchen Buford describes "seems at times like an NFL locker room: macho, profane, aggressive and full of nightly humiliations."
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That last part makes me hungry for Buford's soccer hooligan classic, Among the Thugs, a beautiful and brutal nonfiction work.
It's World Cup season. Maybe Buford will treat tonight's audience to the passage in "Among the Thugs" involving an eyeball and some sort of eating action.