“Finding Freedom,” And Finding Her Voice Through Wine: Book Review of Erin French’s New Memoir …

finding freedom and finding her voice through wine book review of erin frenchs new memoir from the lost kitchen restaurant

Sunday isn’t a typical day for a post in this column, and I don’t typically post about book reviews that are outside the category of wine. But today offers a unique opportunity for weekend reading with the special twist of a chapter about wine in a book about food, restaurants and redemption.

Erin French, the chef and owner of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, published her memoir earlier this month. It’s called Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story, Remaking a Life from Scratch and is a sequel, in a way, to her cookbook The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine, published in 2017. To put the success of The Lost Kitchen in context, it was named named by Bloomberg as one of twelve restaurants worth traveling across the world to experience, and by TIME Magazine as one of the world’s greatest places.

I was drawn to Finding Freedom for the content it promised and the narrative it delivered: French is a cook who overcomes mountainous challenges, from single motherhood to an addiction to prescription drugs to betrayal (financial and otherwise) by her then-husband, all of which necessitated the multiple starting “from scratch” episodes in the book’s title…

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