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Hardcover Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch Book

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ISBN13: 9781250312341

Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch

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From Erin French, owner and chef of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, a TIME world dining destination, a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up Long before The Lost Kitchen became a world dining destination with every seating filled the day the reservation book opens each spring, Erin French was a girl roaming barefoot on a 25-acre farm, a teenager falling in love with food while working the...

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Heartwarming and Heartbreaking

Finding Freedom follows world-famous chef Erin French through the journey that eventually led her to open The Lost Kitchen. The memoir opens with a pregnant Erin working in her father’s diner in her hometown of Freedom, Maine. From there she chronologically works her way through her twenties and thirties, where she gets married, raises her son, opens her first restaurant, battles addiction, and so much more. 
 At times heartwarming and others heartbreaking, Finding Freedom is a gorgeous memoir about a woman who rebuilt her life from the bottom up when it didn't turn out the way she originally planned. While raising a son, she does whatever it takes to keep her family afloat, pivoting from a pre-med track to the restaurant world, all while dreaming of opening her own restaurant.
 I felt so many different emotions while reading this story. I came to care so deeply about these people. I loved how so many parts of the book read like a love letter to her mother. So many of the sections about how French’s mother Deanna was her biggest advocate and fiercest cheerleader brought me to tears. At the same time, I love how refreshingly honest she was about the family members who have disappointed her over the years, namely her ex-husband, father, and sister. 
 I always struggle when reviewing memoirs. There's something that feels so deeply strange to critique someone’s life story. But in the case of Finding Freedom, I feel like I can confidently attest to how wonderful of a story it is.
 Thank you to Celadon Books for the review copy. All opinions are my own. 
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