Bittersweet Memoir

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The Lost Kitchen was once and old mill and is now a world-renowned restaurant nestled in rural Maine. This book is the story of what led Erin French to eventually open the business in her hometown of Freedom, Maine.

This is a beautiful memoir of a life full of both hard-to-swallow situations and very sweet moments. The food descriptions are evocative and mouthwatering. I also felt that the way people are described, especially Erin’s family members, showed a lot of insight. Erin’s relationship with her son particularly pulled at my heartstrings.

Erin does not sugarcoat her story—some chapters of her life are difficult to read about and were clearly even harder to live through. Eventually, Erin did find her way—thanks to hard work, supportive people, and an old mill. By creating The Lost Kitchen restaurant in her hometown, Erin finally found freedom.