A self-taught cook rose up from the ashes, pursued her dreams and became a world-renowned chef and restaurant owner. French’s journey is dark, infused with love and ends on a sweet note.
Erin French has lived an extraordinary life and both her and her brain child, The Lost Kitchen, have seen tremendous growth. In this awe-inspiring memoir, French describes her childhood spent roaming her family’s farm, growing up working in her family’s diner and coping with an emotionally absent father. An unplanned pregnancy led to her dropping out of college, moving back home and using her culinary skills to support herself and her son. French eventually found herself in a toxic marriage and began to self-medicate with pills and alcohol. Just as her restaurant started to take off she hit rock bottom, clawed her way out, and rebuilt her life piece by piece.
French’s transparency and candor are incredibly refreshing. She highlights the struggles of being a young mother, marriage, and divorce. She lays out the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and the influx of unsolicited advice. French vividly recounts her story of addiction and depression and her experience with our country’s broken mental health care system. She relied heavily on her friends and family to get back on her feet and her story is a good reminder to be there to lift others up when they need it. I highly recommend this incredible memoir, especially if you’re a foodie like me!