The Raging Skillet is one woman's tale of cooking her approach via one of the most not going kitchens in long island City—at a "beach" in Tribeca, an East Village supper membership, and a makeshift grill at floor 0 within the days instantly following September 11. without end writing her personal principles, Rossi finally ends up turning into the landlord of 1 of the main sought-after catering businesses within the urban. This heartfelt, gritty, and hilarious memoir exhibits us how the creativity of the kitchen permits us to provide a nod to the place we come from, whereas concurrently expressing every thing that we're. comprises unpretentious recipes for genuine humans everywhere.
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