Author(s): Barbara Lynch (Contribution by)
Barbara Lynch, a celebrated chef and highly successful restaurateur, grew up in South Boston breaking rules, earning a daredevil reputation for commandeering booze, cars, and cabs, even a city bus. Running wild, she narrowly escaped arrest and the toll of violence and addiction that claimed so many in her community by finding her calling in food. One of seven children raised by an overworked single mother, she developed a distinct culinary style through sheer instinct and moxie, rising from waiting tables to working in the kitchens of world-renowned chefs. Never compromising her roots, Lynch dared to strike out on her own, creating an empire of restaurants. Funny, fierce, and poignant, Out of Line chronicles Lynch's remarkable process of self-invention, including her encounters with the biggest names and most colorful personalities in the food world. It is a love letter to South Boston's vanishing culture and to the mysterious alchemy of cooking, which transforms the everyday into the extraordinary.