Heat By Bill Buford Alfred A. Knopf, 2006 $25.95 (hardcover) Subtitled "An amateur's adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta maker, and apprentice to a Dante-quoting butcher in Tuscany," this is a highly readable tale of culinary adventure by someone who really knows how to write. Buford is a staff writer for the New Yorker and founding editor of Granta magazine, so he knows his way around a word processor, and it shows. Buford describes a mid-life crisis in which he suddenly gets ...

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