Hungry by Darlene Barnes
What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me about Life, Love, and the Power of Good Food

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In this honest and witty kitchen memoir, chef and blogger Barnes chronicles food-supplier politics during her turbulent stint as chef for the Alpha Sig fraternity house at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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"The book is as much about nourishment as it is food. Barnes' affection for the fraternity brothers carries the narrative. . . . A heartening memoir of good food and tough love."
--Kirkus Reviews

Newly arrived in Seattle, Darlene Barnes stumbles on a job ad for a cook at the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity on the University of Washington campus, a prospect most serious food professionals would automatically reject. But Barnes envisions something other than kegs and corn dogs; she sees an opportunity to bring fresh, real food to an audience accustomed to "Asian Surprise" and other unidentifiable casseroles dropped off by a catering service. And she also sees a chance to reinvent herself, by turning a maligned job into meaningful work of her own creation: "I was the new girl and didn't know or care about the rules."

Naively expecting a universally appreciative audience, Barnes finds a more exasperatingly challenging environment: The kitchen is nasty, the basement is scary, and the customers are not always cooperative. Undaunted, she gives as good as she gets with these foul-mouthed and irreverent--but also funny and sensitive--guys. Her passion for real food and her sharp tongue make her kitchen a magnet for the brothers, new recruits, and sorority girls tired of frozen dinners.

Laugh-out-loud funny and poignant, Hungry offers a female perspective on the real lives of young men, tells a tale of a woman's determined struggle to find purpose, and explores the many ways that food feeds us.
 

About Darlene Barnes

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Darlene Barnes has been food and word passionate all of her 47 years, most of that time cooking and writing for love and not money. Born in the New Orleans area, she spent most of her pre-college years in London, eventually moving to Canada with her husband and graduating from Queen's University with a BA in English. Since 2006, she has cooked for the men of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, where her efforts to bring real, fresh food to this setting have attracted the attention of local and national press and have earned her a reputation as a Majorly Difficult Customer in the corporate food world. She currently blogs about her experiences at the Alpha Sig House at www.hungryboys.net. She lives with her husband in Seattle, where her two grown sons also reside.
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Hyperion. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking, Parenting & Relationships, History. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Apr 08 2013

In this honest and witty kitchen memoir, chef and blogger Barnes chronicles food-supplier politics during her turbulent stint as chef for the Alpha Sig fraternity house at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Kirkus

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on Mar 17 2013

A heartening memoir of good food and tough love with a few down-home recipes thrown in.

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