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Bill Buford

Biography

Bill Buford

Bill Buford has been a writer and editor for The New Yorker since 1995. Before that he was the editor of Granta magazine for 16 years and, in 1989, became the publisher of Granta Books. He is also the author of AMONG THE THUGS (Norton, 1992). He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, grew up in California, and was educated at UC Berkeley and Kings College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship for his work on Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jessica Green, and their two sons.

Bill Buford

Books by Bill Buford

by Bill Buford - Memoir, Nonfiction

Baffled by the language, but convinced that he can master the art of French cooking --- or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered --- Bill Buford begins what becomes a five-year odyssey by shadowing the esteemed French chef Michel Richard, in Washington, D.C. But when Buford (quickly) realizes that a stage in France is necessary, he goes --- this time with his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow --- to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at L'Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied La Mère Brazier, enduring the endless hours and exacting rigeur of the kitchen, Buford becomes a man obsessed --- with proving himself on the line, proving that he is worthy of the gastronomic secrets he's learning, proving that French cooking actually derives from (mon dieu!) the Italian.