Hungry: What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me about Life, Love, and the Power of Good Food

Hungry What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me about Life Love and the Power of Good Food 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 prospect most serious food professionals would auto

  • Title: Hungry: What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me about Life, Love, and the Power of Good Food
  • Author: Darlene Barnes
  • ISBN: 9781401324773
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 prospect most serious food professionals 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 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 prospect most serious food professionals 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 catering 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 with these foul mouthed and irreverent but also funny and sensitive guys Her passion 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 poignant, Hungry offers a female perspective on the real lives of young men, tells a tale of a woman s determined struggle to find purpose, and explores the many ways that food feeds us.

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    1. I liked this progressively better as I went along The irascible authorial tone put me off at first Well, at first and at second I ended up firmly on her side, but she does come off like a special snowflake sometimes I liked the glimpse inside the frat house, and I liked the descriptions of the denizens therein I was less enad with her memoirish bits, where she was bitter about the billionaire she cooked for in Texas and the like I really enjoyed reading the interactions between her and the guys [...]

    2. 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 cook.Barnes 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 a personal chef for a very wealthy and a we [...]

    3. I initially chose this book because of the title I just had to know the story behind it all But as I flew through the pages, I was given than just a backstory I was treated to a rare glimpse of fraternity life, peppered with tips and tricks on how to be the odd girl out, and encompassed by a love of food and the community it creates such as I had never been a part of before Darlene Barnes is bossy but loving, tough but fair, and above all else, she is a woman on a mission Hired to cook lunch an [...]

    4. 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 pattern, there is very little detail The only thing the author makes clear through repetition is that she is a self proclaimed difficult person to work with I wanted detail on what she cooked with the organic and local ingredients she [...]

    5. Needed a feel good memoir and this one certainly was entertaining Darlene Barnes has a strong sense of voice and opinion about food, respect and fraternities This is not Animal House with a mix of Bourdain As with most chefs, Darlene Barnes is a strong personality not to be messed with She is hired to cook for a frat house and you can tell that there is some misgiving if not downright resentment about doing this in a house full of young men who are fraternity brothers There are some hijinks but [...]

    6. 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 day she 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 path her lif [...]

    7. I bought this book for three reasons I love memoirs I was fascinated by the premise of stay at home mom turned frat cook the author graduated from my university and my program, so I wanted to support a fellow alum Unfortunately, I am stuck on chapter 10 and I cannot muster up enough enthusiasm to continue.What I did like about Hungry was Darlene herself She sounds a lot like me a third culture kid, college educated, married young and ended up choosing a domestic existence over a high powered ca [...]

    8. Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall Since Hungry is a book about Darlene Barnes s experiences as a fraternity cook, there are some hilarious examples of the type of stories you d expect from a job like this The book is deeper than that, though I was struck by what an important part of their family she became, and found many of her stories incredibly touching And beyond the personal stories, Hungry delves into the ins and outs of being a chef.In the first couple of chapte [...]

    9. When alumnus Alexheard that I was planning to leave one year, he laughed it off with the question I kept asking myself Where is she going to go Where else can she do whatever the hell she wants and talk shit about her customers There wasn t anywhere else like that and I knew it well 76.Funny, lighthearted look at cooking for a fraternity Barnes describes her initial terror at the scale of her job two meals a day, five days a week, for fifty loud and opinionated male college students and her dawn [...]

    10. Darlene Barnes Hungry feel like a 3.5 star rating to me, but there are no stars available She writes of her experience as a chef for a fraternity She writes with humor and includes some tasty recipes at the end of each chapter She loves natural food, not food made from frozen or dry ingredients That made her a maverick among other fraternity chefs Also, she paid attention to food safety which was unusual in the other houses and in the restaurants that she worked for Good food made from natural i [...]

    11. I accidentally stumbled upon this book as I was on my way to find a plumbing book at the library I found the cooking food books on the same isle as plumbing quite funny I read the blurb on the inside cover and thought the book could be interesting.Comprising multiple years as a Frat cook, Darlene Barnes weaves her memoire in and out of past experiences with food and her life as head, and only, cook at a UW Frat house The book is not about Frat life or really about cooking, but how food can bring [...]

    12. I didn t even know that a job as a frat cook existed until I read this book Not that I would have taken it, I m just saying I was not into the Greek life when I was in college, but these guys made it seem not so bad Chef Darlene kind of annoyed me with all her preaching on locally sourced, fresh good Kraft Mac N Cheese is not the devil Sorry In fact, I might go eat some right nowter all, it s the cheesiest I get it, though All food should not come frozen in a container I m just not sure that her [...]

    13. I was drawn to this book because I live near Seattle, know ex UW fraternity guys and my son in law is a sales rep for a food company that has many of the UW Fraternity and Sorority accounts But not Alpha Sigma Phi After Darlene Barnes husband accepts a job with Microsoft, Darlene finds herself in Seattle, with 2 grown sons gone and the empty nest syndrome Having been an English major, she found herself with limited job opportunities Based on one year s experience being the chef for a wealthy Tex [...]

    14. Being a frat cook was not in Darlene Barnes life plan A mostly stay at home mom while her two sons were growing up, taking on various jobs some food related and some not while they were high school, before becoming a private chef for a rich Dallas family, Barnes moved to Seattle when her husband took a job with Microsoft wanting to do something and have a career of her own Seeing an advertisement for sorority chef at the University of Washington, which she didn t get , Barnes was told by a chef [...]

    15. Barnes moves to the Seattle area when her husband accepts a job there She takes a job as a chef for a college fraternity at the University of Washington, hoping to bring delicious, nutritious meals to the members That s the foundation of her memoir.Had I not read a couple of favorable reviews, I probably wouldn t have read this book because my first impression was that there would be just a lot of stories of bad college boy pranks There are some elements of that but Barnes does a great job of ba [...]

    16. I haven t been in a frat house in a looooooong time, and I ve never had a meal in one either, unless jello mixed, let s just skip that anecdote But Darlene Barnes memoir about cooking for Alpha Sigma Phi at the University of Washington was unexpectedly interesting She s great at weaving the details of her life into the larger narrative about her search for meaningful work and passion for quality cooking.The book chugs along at a nice pace, but by the end you re glad things are wrapping u [...]

    17. This was an impulse buy, recommended by due to other browsing, proving that often the best stuff you find is just totally random.I enjoyed just about everything about this memoir it did get a little repetitious at times, but honestly, I loved reading about the relationship the author formed with the frat guys and the occasional sorority girl It s nice to see a portrayal that shows the good and the bad and how together they are reality instead of vilifying or deifying the Greek culture in the USA [...]

    18. I LOVED this book Ms Barnes humanizes the Greek system of frat boys They are what we all think they are but she also shows their loyalty to each other and their deep friendships I fell in love with these guys through her wonderful writing I felt like I was sitting in her kitchen listening to her stories She is not the typical warm house mom but a passionate chef with a sharp tongue Her goal with her guys is to give them fresh local food and inspire other houses to do the same She is also trying [...]

    19. I was curious about this memoir because my husband is an Alpha Sigma Phi alumni The author seemed to honor greek life in the way she described the brothers Her passion for food came through and her feelings about home made homegrown organic produce and meat I found this a little tiring to read about, especially in a fraternity setting The recipes throughout the book are fun I enjoyed the overall message How some of lifes deepest meaning comes from unexpected and unlikely places Good read.

    20. Hungry What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me About Life, Love, and the Power of Good Food by Darlene Barnes was an absolute joy to read It reframe Chefs in the Greek system as well as their clients in a honest and enjoyable way Check out my full review here blogllegechefs TabId 11

    21. Really enjoyed the subject matter of the book, but felt it could have benefited from detail and a stronger time structure I realize she was probably trying to protect the privacy of the boys, but the book suffered from the vagueness It s not a coincidence the best parts of the book were about her life before the frat job.

    22. I enjoyed this book so very much The author is straightforward, in a charming way, and I found her highly entertaining I can see why her guys became so attached to heryou just know she d be a blast to share a meal with The fraternity itself sounds a lot like my husband s in college, bringing back some fun memories of old friends.

    23. Maybe it is because I have a son who just joined a Fraternity, but I found this book very interesting I loved the relationship that Darlene had with the boys, the recipes she included at the end of chapters, and the fact that she was at the University of Washington in my home town of Seattle A quick wonderful read

    24. Funny, inspiring, and sure to make you HUNGRY A very unique look at both fraternity house life and locally sourced foods an odd combo I know, but it works Read this one quickly and it is sure to push you into the kitchen to try some new recipes afterwards thewellreadredhead 201

    25. 3.5 stars actually A loving, yet sometimes harsh and scathing look at how Darlene Barnes came to cook for the Alpha Sig frat at the University of Washington and where she remains 8 years later Darlene is consumed with providing real food, made from scratch for her frat boys and along the way learning to love what she is doing.

    26. Even if I hadn t fallen in love with these boys and this house while also attending the University of Washington, it would be impossible not to now Darlene captures the heart and the crazy of the place with really genuine and sincere reflection on a career far off the beaten path.

    27. Really enjoyed this one This is real and honest, just like Darlene Barnes s cooking Check out my review on my blog, Guiltless Reading guiltlessreading 2

    28. It amazes me that it seems like there is a book for every subject under the sun these days The memoir of a frat house cook How could I not read that It was good She advocates fresh, healthy foods without being a snob about it, and her tales of the frat brothers were very entertaining.

    29. Loved this book Gave me a whole new perspective on fraternity life, and I love that this woman took on cooking and caring for these boys for as long as she did Great, funny writing.

    30. A really quick read but so engaging that it felt meatier than it probably is I really enjoyed this book.Plus, recipes that look yummy.

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