Presented in partnership with Macmillan
Join Erin French, owner of the world-renowned restaurant The Lost Kitchen, to discuss her new memoir, Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch, along with Ina Garten and chef and food writer Lidey Heuck. The trio will discuss Erin's incredible story of determination and grit: how Erin battled with addiction in a toxic marriage and 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 bringing goodness into the world.
Every purchase of Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch includes a signed copy and an emailed access code for the event from Bank Square Books. Please expect your access code the morning of April 6 and ensure your email address is correct when ordering your copy of Finding Freedom.
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“With extraordinary honesty and humor, Erin French's incredible memoir takes us on a profoundly personal journey through her highest highs and her lowest lows. It was her love of cooking and bringing people joy that gave her the strength to build the life she’d always dreamed of. I’ll never forget this book and neither will you.”
— Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks
"Women everywhere will respond to FINDING FREEDOM, 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 is a wild ride, one you won’t soon forget." —Stephanie Danler, bestselling author of Sweetbitter
“Erin is an overcomer and a risk-taker. She’s the kind of person who, when faced with a setback, pushes forward and makes beauty out of hardship. Her story is full of passion and courage, and when you read this book, you will walk away feeling inspired and encouraged in your own life.” —Joanna Gaines, #1 New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of Magnolia
"Erin French is a talented chef, a successful entrepreneur, a beautiful young woman, and a passionate promoter of living the 'good life.' This book chronicles the incredible ups, and relatable downs, of building a life and a business. Congratulations, Erin! You have done it!"
"Erin and I grew up in very different kitchens (an American diner; Chez Panisse), but I recognized so much in her experience: the intimacy and immediacy of a restaurant-as-second-home; the sounds and smells of cooking; the pleasure of bringing joy to people through food. Erin's story is a gritty, sensuous, honest story of finding her own path—with the pursuit of good food as her bellwether."
—Fanny Singer, author of Always Home and co-author of My Pantry with her mother, Alice Waters
**New York Times Bestseller**
From Erin French, owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, a TIME world dining destination, a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up