Journalist Bill Buford became the envy of aspiring chefs when he took up a post as a line chef at Mario Batali’s Babbo restaurant. Heat recounts Buford’s adventures as he honed his culinary skills on the line and searched out Italy’s perfect recipes.

Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
By Bill Buford (Knopf, 2006; $17.13 at

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