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A mouth-watering memoir of four years with Noma's chef-proprietor Rene Redzepi in search of the world's most thrilling food.

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Jeff Gordinier is the food and drinks editor of Esquire and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. A product of Southern California and a graduate of Princeton University, he wrote 2008's X Saves the World and co-edited Here She Comes Now (Icon, 2016). He lives north of New York City.


This smorgasbord of a tale will have travelers tasting every meal with renewed appreciation. -- National Geographic
If you want to understand modern restaurant culture, you need to read this book. Gordinier takes us into the fabulously obsessive world of the world's most fascinating chef-and he does it with the voice of a poet. You will remember this every time you go out to eat. -- Ruth Reichl, author of Tender at the Bone
This wonderful book is really about the adventures of two men: a great chef and a great journalist. Hungry is a feast for the senses, filled with complex passion and joy, bursting with life. Not only did Jeff Gordinier make me want to jump on the next flight (to Mexico, Copenhagen, Sydney) in search of the perfect meal, but he also reminded me to stop and savor the ride. -- Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance
Hungry is a pithy, fluid, rollicking book that's somehow simultaneously visceral and cerebral, funny and heartfelt, passionate and badass, brilliant and unpretentious-Gordinier takes us along with him on a madcap global odyssey on the heels of a megalomaniacal genius of a chef as he relentlessly pushes the boundaries of food. This is a book about invention and reinvention-of food, ideas, place, and ultimately the self. It's immensely fun to read as well as profound. I loved every word. -- Kate Christensen, author of The Epicure's Lament
A piece of writing as breathless and as urgent as its subject. Wonderful all-in, full-on story telling. I read as I might eat a meal when I'm really, really hungry: all in one sitting. -- Bill Buford, author of Heat
Follow along on an incredible journey across the globe with the world's greatest chef, described with equal parts humor and brilliance by one of the greatest food writers of our generation, as they go to enormous lengths in search of the rarest morsels of flavor in an imperfect world. In these pages, you will find that rare glimpse into the mind of a restless and enigmatic genius who has forever changed how we look at the world of fine dining. -- Edward Lee, chef and author of Buttermilk Graffiti
For the curious culinary traveler and food-industry insider, this will become mandatory reading. With rich, compelling detail, the story traces Rene Redzepi's path to carving out his own radical space in modern cooking, but what's most wonderful about this book is the heartfelt parallel story-the story of Gordinier's own personal evolution, following the chef around the world and finding himself forever changed. -- Lindsey Tramuta, journalist and author of The New Paris
In Hungry, we have a remarkable portrait of Redzepi, the genius behind "the world's best restaurant." We also have a remarkable portrait of Gordinier, a wise and reflective digester of Redzepi's relentless creativity. Armed with a deep metaphorical gift, a gonzo enthusiasm, and a "palate quivering like a trampoline," Gordinier hurdles us across the globe along with Redzepi and his merry pranksters in search of, among other things, a Mexican mole sauce "like an epic poem about history and time." And that's what this memoir is, as well. Hungry is a book to be cherished not just by anyone who's dreamed of eating at Noma, but by anyone who's ever had a dream. -- Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
In Hungry, Gordinier invokes such playful and lush prose that the scents of mole, chiles and even lingonberry juice waft off the page. -- TIME

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