Nine Lives by Brandon Baltzley
A Chef's Journey from Chaos to Control

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...this is an engaging story. When Baltzley writes about food, it feels worth the hun-dreds of dollars it would cost to taste it.
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A rising young chef lays bare his gripping story of culinary triumphs, consuming drug addictions, and his continuing quest to stay on top while staying sober

At twenty-six years old, Brandon Baltzley was poised for his star turn as the opening chef at Chicago’s hotspot Tribute. People called him a prodigy—the Salvador Dali of cooking—and foodie blogs followed his every move. Instead, Brandon walked away from it all and entered rehab to deal with the alcohol and cocaine addiction that had enslaved him most of his adult life.

Brandon grew up in the South with no father and an addict mother. At nine, he was prepping vegetables in the back of a gay bar. From there, he went on to deep-frying with Paula Deen to cooking in an array of Michelin-starred restaurants, including Grant Achatz’s world-renowned Alinea. In between, he was touring the country with his heavy metal band, Kylesa—and doing his first stint in rehab.

Like Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Butter and Bones, Brandon’s Nine Lives is about blazing a way out from a rough childhood through talent and an unbridled passion for the craft of cooking. A story that’s still being written as Brandon works with Crux, the pop-up culinary collective he founded, and plans for the opening of his own restaurant, Nine Lives serves up a raw and riveting memoir about food, rock-and-roll, and redemption.
 

About Brandon Baltzley

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Brandon Baltzley is a recovering addict, which is not something to be proud of, but something to build on. An eternal nomad, he has spent time in Chicago, Maine, and Pittsburgh. 
 
Published May 2, 2013 by Avery. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on May 20 2013

...this is an engaging story. When Baltzley writes about food, it feels worth the hun-dreds of dollars it would cost to taste it.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Laura Schultz on Apr 30 2013

This powerfully gripping memoir gently convinces the reader that no one would consciously choose this struggle for all the riches in the world....Nine Lives is unique among other memoirs of this ilk in its characterization of the inevitable downward spiral of drug addiction.

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