Summers Family Affair pRnbread and so many others and because I love soups so much Chicken Tortellini Soup and Chicken Tortilla Soup I think this is a memoir that would appeal to foodies and toeople interested in a behind the scenes look at a frat house but also a look at a woman who learned a lot about herself from a bunch of frat guys This book was robably of a 35 on the star scale but I m a sucker for memoirs You can feel Barnes assion through her reflections she really loved these boys and it reminded me of how I feel about my students It was a very uick read if not a little disjointed Having been in a sorority and having someone cook for us I thought the idea of this memoir was a great one I really liked reading about her experiences cooking for different
people and especially for the fraternity guys where and especially for the fraternity guys Where Book Falls A Bit Short Is That It Could Be falls a bit short is that it could be down to talk about the food and specific instances than a step by step chronicling of her life which got old after a whileI voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book all opinions are my own Barnes writes a memoir that reads like an extended outline than a memoir Barnes covers her childhood her experience working for a Texas Billionaire and her time as a chef in the Fraternity house in Seattle While all of these events are mentioned in a scrambled Women on the Hill pattern there is very little detail The only thing the author makes clear through repetition is that she is a selfroclaimed difficult Waiting for Aphrodite person to work with I wanted detail on what she cooked with the organic and local ingredients she worked so hard torocure Pirateship Down (Sentinels of New Orleans personal details or even descriptions to What drew me to Darlene Barnes memoir Hungry What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me About Life Love and The Power of Good Food was that we had some things in common she had two sons and was getting ready for empty nest syndrome as she sent her last son off to college and she liked to cookBarnes married a man in the Canadian military so they moved from base to base He eventually ended up as an engineer and they lived in Texas She found a job working as aersonal chef for a very wealthy and a wee bit crazy and self involved family What she liked best about the job was getting to taste the lunches that the Korean maids brought in Korean getting to taste the lunches that the Korean maids brought in Korean The Sand-Reckoner pancakes and chiliastes and the fresh corn tortilla tacos the gardeners ate Her wealthy clients insisted on Kraft cheese singles and fat free yogurts not exactly healthy or tastyWhen her husband took a job with Microsoft in Seattle Barnes applied for a job as a cook at a fraternity house at the University of Washington Her Aztlan pricklyersonality and enchant for cursing earned her a reputation as someone not to be messed with a definite lus with the frat memb. Tering 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 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 Hungry What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me about Life Love and the Power of Good Food is a memoir written by Darlene Barnes Darlene has always loved food and loved to cook Some of her earliest memories are of the good fresh food eaten at her grandparent s home
And To This Dayto this day feels strongly about buying locally and fresh I m not sure she ever imagined herself as the chef at the fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi feeding fifty to eighty young guys at any one time but that s exactly the ath her life took and ultimately it changed her in good waysIn the long run working as a chef at the fraternity was a good move for Darlene for a few reasons First she got to do what she loved and also introduced these young men to food a whole lot better for them than Mac and Cheese Secondly nobody else would likely have her at one oint she makes a comment that a self attached muzzle could be helpful at times That made me laugh out loud Darlene doesn t hesitate to made me laugh out loud Darlene doesn t hesitate to us know in her memoir that she s very outspoken and spunky and this is all acked into a woman not much over five feet tall She tells it how it is and fights for the things she believes in such as sourcing food locally and using only fresh ingredients She made life a nightmare for her suppliers and I admired her for sticking to her guns So while life with these guys was often than not driving her crazy it was still a What Ive Become (The Humanity Within Book 1) place she could ultimately be herself and that s never a bad thing Funny enough she would belanning on leaving every year and then one of the guys would say I love you Darlene and she d be back for another roundI enjoyed reading this and I admire Darlene s support of sourcing local and fresh food She would likely have a heart attack if she saw some of the fake food I sometimes eat I will say that reading this invigorated my wanting to eat fresh and for the most The Contemporaries part I already do I also enjoyed reading about the relationships that Darlene formed with some of these guys There were many she didn t connect with but there were also a lot she did and those are friendships formed for life Many think that life in a fraternity is just one bigarty and while there are a lot of UML Weekend Crash Course [With CDROM] parties Darlene opens our eyes to the fact that it is also just a bunch of young guys living a normal everyday lifeEven better are the recipes that Darlene includes at the end of each chapter and what I liked best about them is that they are good old home cooking my favorite She reiterates something I firmly believe in and that s that so many of our memories are tied into food and many of mine come from thelain but yummy food my mom has always cooked Some of the recipes from the book that I d like to eventually try are Black Bottom Pie Parker House Rolls Blueberry Co. 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 Steampunk Erotica prospect most serious foodrofessionals 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 ca. Ers and the vendors who were not accustomed to a frat cook who uestioned what they were sellingBarnes thought the job as a cook for a fraternity to be a uzzling occupation like circus clown or spy But she was told she would have the ability to create her own menus within the budget restraints given and to make the job whatever she thought it should beShe knew how to deal with young men as she had two of her own
But There Were Momentsthere were moments gave her ause Stepping over broken glass on the way to basement storage and having to install a childproof device on the freezer after finding it unplugged three times made her apoplectic But the respect and kindness the young men showed her convinced her she had done the right thing in taking the jobBarnes was appalled at the kind of food that the men were used to they had grown up on Pop Tarts and Kraft mac and cheese Still they were willing to give her food a try Instead of the frozen meatballs and fajitas the last cook served Barnes made hers fresh Her goal was to get them to eat healthier to try new things like kiwi fruitShe decided that it was easy to make salad dressing from scratch so she stopped buying bottled This simple decision led her to uestion what else she could make from scratch like soups salsa and sauces From there she began a uest to use as much locally roduced foods as Tabloid City possible From fruits and vegetables to beef and chicken Barnes uestioned her vendors and sought out the best food she could buy for the guysThe food service company sales reps were not as receptive as the frat guys They often found Barnes to be argumentative and a generalain compared to the other fraternity and sorority cooks who just served Kirkland Revels packaged or frozen foods but some grew to respect her way of thinkingBarnes takes us inside the fraternity and introduces us to some of the guys She talks about the ones she likes and the few she felt were lazy She watched as theyulled together during a few tragedies and answered their freuent text messages with cooking uestions even as she was on vacation in Istanbul with her husband Her relationship with the guys is touching and sweet even though she To Him Who Sits on the Throne plans to uit every single summerI enjoyed Hungry immensely Barnes cranky honestersonality shines through Her decision to make frat food tastier and healthier inspired me to be mindful OF WHAT I M BUYING AND what I m buying and for my family I felt like I was right there in the frat kitchen with her and if the Food Network is smart they will snap her up and give her a show I d watch in a heartbeatI also like that there are many recipes throughout the book and I m going to try most of them starting with Blueberry Cornbread now that blueberries are in season See I learned something already. Ith these foul mouthed and irreverent but also funny and sensitive guys Her assion 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 oignant Hungry offers a female Youth, Beautiful Youth perspective on the real lives of young men tells a tale of a woman's determined struggle to findurpose and explores the many ways that food feeds us.