Erin French is the chef-owner of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, a destination restaurant praised for its local and seasonal focus.
In this moving memoir, French vividly recounts her complex path from growing up on a farm outside Freedom to becoming a world-renowned chef. There are few easy, simple tales of restaurant success, but hers is especially poignant, taut with the tension imposed by an perpetually disappointed father, an unexpected pregnancy, the joy of a child, personal struggles with anxiety and addiction, and more.
Writing with unsparing honesty and clarity, French finds her way back to the things she loves, and to the perspective she needs to support and grow them. There is nothing blithe or glib about her account, and its power comes from that very moving frankness.