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Celebrated chef Barbara Lynch credits the defiant spirit of her upbringing in tough, poor "Southie", a neighborhood ruled by the notorious Whitey Bulger gang, with helping her bluff her way into her first professional cooking jobs; develop a distinct culinary style through instinct and sheer moxie; then dare to found an empire of restaurants ranging from a casual but elegant "clam shack" to Boston's epitome of modern haute cuisine.
One of seven children born to an overworked single mother, Lynch was raised in a housing project. She earned a daredevil reputation for boosting vehicles (even a city bus), petty theft, drinking and doing drugs, and narrowly escaping arrest - haunted all the while by a painful buried trauma.
Out of Line describes Lynch's remarkable process of self-invention, including her encounters with colorful characters of the food world, and vividly evokes the magic of creation in the kitchen. It is also a love letter to South Boston and its vanishing culture, governed by Irish Catholic mothers and its own code of honor. Through her story, Lynch explores how the past - both what we strive to escape from and what we remain true to - can strengthen and expand who we are.
©2017 Barbara Lynch (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"If you have an appetite for culinary adventure, you'll devour the feisty and fun memoir by James Beard award-winning chef and philanthropist Barbara Lynch." (Elle)
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By Andrew Skalaban on 12-09-17

Loved The Book, Performance Okay

This was a fascinating story of growing up in the projects to opening a restaurant empire. Wish it was ready by the other to get that Southie accent, or at least someone who has worked in the industry. The narrator kind of ruined it for me: a lot of the culinary terms were mispronounced like the T in robot coupe and the T in filet were both provinces as just 2 examples and any word outside of English was way OVERLY annunciated in accents.

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