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Bill Buford
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Bill Buford is a Staff Writer and European Correspondent for The New Yorker. He was the Fiction Editor of the magazine for eight years, from April 1995 to December 2002. Before that he edited Granta magazine for sixteen years and, in 1989, became the publisher of Granta Books. He has edited three anthologies: The Best of Granta Travel, The Best of Granta Reportage, and The Granta Book of the Family.

 

Bill is also the author of Among the Thugs (Norton, 1992), a highly personal nonfiction account of crowd violence and British soccer hooliganism. For The New Yorker, he has written about sweatshops, the singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, and chef Mario Batali.

 

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1954, Bill Buford grew up in California and was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and at 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.

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The Physiology of Taste
Or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy
Written by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Translated by M.F.K. Fisher
Introduction by Bill Buford


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.00

A culinary classic on the joys of the table—written by the gourmand who so famously stated, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are”—in a handsome new edition of M. F. K. Fisher’s distinguished translation and with a new introduction by Bill Buford.

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Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Among the Thugs

Written by Bill Buford


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $16.00

They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Among the Thugs

Written by Bill Buford


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 24, 2013
Price: $11.99

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An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
Written by Bill Buford


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 26, 2007
Price: $16.00

A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali.

Finally realizing a long-held desire to learn first-hand the experience of restaurant cooking, Buford soon... Read more >

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An Amateur Cook in a Professional Kitchen
Written by Bill Buford


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $14.99

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Waiting for a Goal

Written by Bill Buford


Format: eBook, 32 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 2014
Price: $0.99

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