Dancing Spoon: Heat
Heat is Bufordâs odyssey from chaotic home cook (âmore confident than competentâ) to culinary spiritualist. His book chronicles Mario Bataliâs rise to fame (Bataliâs Italy becomes part of Bufordâs quest), the inner-workings of the restaurant world, and Bufordâs culinary journey to Italy culminating in his âtheory of smallness.â The journey begins through a birthday dinner party Buford hosted for a friend. Among the guests was Batali (âthe most recognized chef in a city with more chefs than any other city in the world â), who promptly took over the kitchen. From that meeting with Mario, Buford discovered âhe wanted the know-how of people who ran restaurants.â To do that he needed to become a kitchen slave and Mario admitted him to restaurant world as a kitchen slave in Marioâs New York restaurant, Babbo.