Hungry by Jeff Gordinier


Hungry is a book about not only the hunger for food, but for risk, for reinvention, for creative breakthroughs, and for connection. Feeling stuck in his work and home life, writer Jeff Gordinier happened into a fateful meeting with Danish chef Ren� Redzepi, whose restaurant, Noma, has been called the best in the world. A restless perfectionist, Redzepi was at the top of his game but was looking to tear it all down, to shutter his restaurant and...

Details Hungry

Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherTim Duggan Books
GenreNonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Travel, Autobiography, Memoir, Cooking

Reviews Hungry

  • Rebecca
    Noma, René Redzepi’s restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark, has widely been considered the best in the world. In 2013, though, it suffered a fall from grace when some bad mussels led to a norovirus outbreak that affected dozens of customers. Redzepi wanted to shake things up and rebuild Noma’s reputation for culinary innovation, so in the four years that followed he also opened pop-up restaurants in Tulum, Mexico and Sydney, Australia. Journalis...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Food critic Jeff Gordinier travels the world with the esteemed chef Rene Redzepi in search of the world's best flavors. Redzepi is founder of Noma, a restaurant in Denmark often deemed the finest restaurant in the world. Despite his renown, Redzepi wants to close his restaurant, and start from scratch in new places with new recipes and tastes.Gordinier is a beautiful writer, filling the pages of this foodie travel narrative with fresh, almost bri...
  • Fredrick Danysh
    The author was a food writer for the New York Times when he was offered an opportunity to travel visiting premier restaurants and chefs around the world, The book mostly covers his trips to Mexico and the Scandinavian countries. It is a travel log with no recipes. This was a free review copy obtained through
  • Kathy
    I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway; this did not influence my review.Gordinier is an extremely intelligent writer but I found this book to be unfocused. One problem is that it seemed as if Gordinier never decided how, or if, to include himself in this book. At times he writes about chefs and food as an impartial observer, and it is easy to forget that he partook in their outings and meals. At other times, he shares small fragments of his own li...
  • Melissa
    *This review is part of the Amazon Vine program.I've sat on this review for awhile just because I was having trouble with it. See, I wanted to like this book, it was about food and pushing the boundaries of cuisine. Seems like exciting stuff, right? And while it was for some of it, I just couldn't sink into the writing style or the story. It was too unapproachable for me.Gordinier is offered the chance to travel and work with Redzepi, the chef of...
  • Jeaninne Escallier Kato
    Thanks to a Goodreads contest, I won this book. Needless to say, when it arrived, I was less than enthusiastic because I do not like to cook (yet I adore the art of eating great food). However, being the honorable person that I am, I adhered to the promise that I would review it because it was part of the deal.If there is one thing I have learned in my long, fabulous life, the thought of doing something we think we might dread can often be like f...
  • Beth
    So...I wasn't sure what I was going to think about this book when I got an arc to read - I just knew that it sounded interesting, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Now that I've finished it? I'm *still* not sure about the book, other than I know I liked it. It's sort of like what a prepared dish is like - disparate elements brought together to make the whole more interesting. Gordinier may not be a chef per se, but he creates with words - and the ...
  • D. C.
    I enjoyed Jeff Gordiner's quirky and intriguing take on superstar chef René Redzepi's attempt to change his culinary path as he deals with personal and professional crises. Redzepi is burned out and hits the road to reinvent himself, and Gordiner bring us along for the ride. It's equal parts food book, travel/adventure story, and memoir, and Gordiner does a fine job of weaving it all together. At his best, Gordiner is charming and witty and his ...
  • Brandi
    Jeff Gordinier's "Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World" is quite an interesting read. Since it's part travelogue, and I really enjoy them, I quite enjoyed this book. I had never heard of Chef Redzepi before this book (I'm not much of a foodie) but he seems like quite an interesting character. I do wish the book was a bit longer, it is a rather quick read.I really enjoyed Gordinier's writing style a...
  • Ann
    This is part memoir, part travel narrative, and part chef's profile. You could also call it a coming-of-age saga, with the age being gloriously middle. Jeff Gordinier writes about food (and music and culture) with a poet's elegance. I’m inspired to study his technique. I mean, the way he describes mole sauce: "Mole could be red. Mole could be yellow. Mole could be green. Mole could be black. Mole could be so black, in fact -- conjured from the ...
  • Elyse
    Penguin First-to-Read ARC.This was a short book. I think it could've been longer and would've liked more photos, of the people, of the food, of the scenery, etc. It wasn't a bad book at all. It held my interest and was an good read but it was nothing special. I have no idea who René Redzepi is. None of the chefs were familiar to me. Not rich enough to know who they are!! lol. And apparently not rich enough to be insects, so hey, I'm okay with th...
  • Kristine
    Hungry by Jeff Gordinier is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early July.Definitely a journeyman’s book with roving and haste and such while the humble Gordinier follows around chef Rene Redzepi, a purist, conservationist, and all about properly sourcing food. He also has his own posse where he and them each share their own setbacks and weaknesses, and use travel to reclaim their passions and senses and use ingredients and dishes to challen...
  • Allison
    A very interesting look at the “behind the scenes” life of a chef. This book was a delight to read. It was an eye-opening look at what it takes to create menus at some of the best restaurants in the world. I loved the idea of working with what is local and thinking of how the indigenous ancestors of the land would have eaten to survive. The writing style was creative and enjoyable, and the food descriptions were very tempting.
  • Rene Daihl
    I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I love books about food and travel and this book has both. The book made me feel like I was traveling along with the crew. It was very interesting to learn about Rene Redzepi and the way he works. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.
  • Carol Buchter
    What an interesting man, René Redzepi, and what a fascinating restaurant, Noma in all its global iterations. I was inspired by the protagonist’s constant desire to innovate, to learn, and to improve. Well written.
  • Csimplot Simplot
    Excellent book!
  • Keith Sherwood
    Absolutely amazing! Phenomenal journey alongside the worlds greatest chef and an fascinating writer dealing with crisis in his personal life. Simply a wonderfully inspirational read.
  • Catrien Deys
    Reading about the stuff beyond my reach and getting inspired, written down in an very compelling way, is a great treat. I wish there was more of it.
  • Mary Nee
    It's a food book, travel,adventure story, and memoir, and he does a good job of weaving it all together. I enjoyed it very much!
  • Megan
    Think I was looking for more. Felt like the author kept repeating the same thing over and over.
  • Sandra
    I won this book off Goodreads. I loved it. It is an awesome book. Highly recommend. Thank you.
  • Simon Furie
    Let’s be clear. I am not a foodie and you don’t need to be to love this book as much as I did. Gordinier opens up an insular world to show the passion and conviction of Redzepi and his merry band. This book will make you want to expand your palate. Gordinier’s journalistic style makes for a very pleasurable read. A wonderful gift as this is a topic of near universal interest.