Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen

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Pub Date 4 May 2021 | Archive Date 24 May 2021

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From Erin French, owner and chef of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, comes a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal and the pleasure of bringing joy to people through food.

Erin French grew up barefoot on a 25-acre farm in Maine, fell in love with food as a teenager working the line at her dad’s diner and found her calling as a professional chef at her tiny restaurant The Lost Kitchen, tucked into a 19th century mill—now a world-renowned dining destination.

In Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen, Erin tells her story of multiple rock-bottoms, from medical student to pregnant teen, of survival as a jobless single mother, of pills that promised release but delivered addiction, of a man who seemed to offer salvation but ripped away her very sense of self. And of her son who became her guiding light as she slowly rebuilt her personal and culinary life around the solace she found in food—as a source of comfort, a sense of place, as a way of creating community and making something of herself, despite seemingly impossible odds.

Set against the backdrop of rural Maine and its lushly intense, bountiful seasons, Erin French’s rollercoaster memoir reveals struggles that have taken every ounce of her strength to overcome, and the passion and courage behind the fairytale success of The Lost Kitchen.

'Women everywhere will respond to Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen, a story of the triumph of true passion against all odds. With grit, honesty, and lyrical writing, Erin French takes us on her journey: working the line at her father’s diner, surviving addiction, toxic relationships, raising her son as a single mother, to finally re-inventing herself as a renowned chef and restaurateur. Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen is a wild ride, one you won’t soon forget."

―Stephanie Danler, bestselling author of Sweetbitter and Stray


From Erin French, owner and chef of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, comes a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal and the pleasure of bringing joy to...

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I received a copy of the book from Netgalley to review. Thank you for the opportunity. I really enjoyed reading this book because the writing was well done and very evocative, drawing the reader in rapidly with its descriptions. There is plenty of food to get the readers mouth watering and I liked the exploration and depiction of the authors relationship with food throughout life. There were some gritty and difficult topics that arose in this story but I liked the raw honesty that kept me turning the pages.

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I was totally absorbed by Erin Frenchs story her growing up in Maine her love for food.If your a memoir lover a foodie this life story is for you.#netgalley #quartobooks

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My thanks to #NetGalley & #TheQuartruGroup-Arum for allowing me to review this ARC. Seldom has a book got me rooting for a person to make good and live their dream, especially when they have worked so hard for a dream, existing on pills and alcohol to get through each day and then have it ruthlessly taken away.. Leaving behind a husband who’s moto is ‘If I can’t have you then you will have nothing’ so takes the business and her child but leaves her with a forced admission to a psychiatric unit a stack of bills and addiction This could have marked the end of everything, but with grit determination and the overwhelming support of her friends and the people who believe in her she turns abandoned, unwanted and neglected to a magical culinary experience. A lovely inspiring book and highly recommended.

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