Out of Line - Barbara Lynch

In her memoir - Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire - Barbara Lynch highlights the remarkable process of self-invention while sharing tales of the colorful characters of the food world. Her coming of age in South Boston surrounded by gangs and poverty enabled her to bluff her way into professional cooking jobs. The rest, as they say, is history.

The James Beard Award-winning chef-owner of Barbara Lynch Gruppo which includes these restaurants - No. Nine Park, B & G Oyster, The Butcher Shop, Sportello, Plum, Drink, and Stir - three of which have helped to revitalize South Boston. Through her story, Lynch explores how the past can strengthen and expand who we are instead of allowing it to destroy us. 

Her first book Stir shares a 150 recipes - from Torn Pasta "Rags" with Spicy Clams to Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Taleggio - all dishes which garnered her national acclaim. Her style combines primarily Italian food seasoned with a New Englander's practicality and a dash of French technique for deepening flavor. The chef also offers ways to simplify dishes without sacrificing flavor. If you don't have Stir, it can be purchased for a song right now - click the BUY BOOK link for more information.

Be sure to check out Barbara's list of events to see if she is in your area - I am going to try to attend her Wales & Johnson event in Denver this month.

We are pleased to offer three copies of Out of Line to our EYB Members in the US only. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What recipe from the dozen in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on June 10th, 2017.


  • HalfSmoke  on  5/6/2017 at 9:18 AM

    Definitely the Focaccia

  • Karla123  on  5/6/2017 at 9:22 AM

    I'd use some of my fresh rosemary to make "crispy potatoes with rosemary."

  • stockholm28  on  5/6/2017 at 11:40 AM

    Porcini and Chantarelle sauce

  • heyjude  on  5/6/2017 at 12:54 PM

    Ligurian Potatp Salad

  • Katklinger  on  5/6/2017 at 4:03 PM

    Roast pork with fig sauce!

  • Siegal  on  5/6/2017 at 4:59 PM

    The Irish soda bread!

  • JanScholl  on  5/6/2017 at 8:55 PM

    That potato salad sounds yum. I haven't had tater salad in eons.

  • Blhanners  on  5/7/2017 at 9:55 AM

    Roast pork with fig sauce- yum!

  • bstewart  on  5/8/2017 at 12:24 AM

    The focaccia with rosemary and prosciutto!

  • meggan  on  5/8/2017 at 1:41 PM

    Good old irish soda bread!

  • laureljean  on  5/9/2017 at 2:23 PM

    Focaccia with olive oil, rosemary, prosciutto, and vin santo-cured chestnuts

  • sgump  on  5/10/2017 at 12:51 PM

    I just finished re-reading Laurie Colwin's two essay collections (on food topics), and she apparently loved potato salad in any and every incarnation, so I'm inspired by the Ligurian potato salad recipe.

  • ktwalla  on  5/10/2017 at 5:04 PM

    Roast Pork with Fig Sauce.

  • lgroom  on  5/10/2017 at 9:10 PM

    Porcini with chanterelle sauce.

  • t.t  on  5/13/2017 at 12:20 AM

    Ligurian potato salad

  • tarae1204  on  5/15/2017 at 9:25 PM

    Most interesting recipe is lamb with juniper berries as I am not sure what a juniper berry would taste like!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  5/17/2017 at 2:38 PM

    Lamb in yogurt with juniper berry and red wine reduction

  • lpatterson412  on  5/21/2017 at 8:21 PM

    I would love to try a Parmesan souffle!

  • nomadchowwoman  on  5/22/2017 at 6:35 PM

    I'd love to try the Ligurian Potato Salad.

  • emilydoyle  on  5/25/2017 at 3:41 AM

    Irish Soda Bread!

  • Kelos  on  5/25/2017 at 3:50 AM

    I would try Crispy potatoes with rosemary :)

  • Dmartin997  on  5/25/2017 at 12:39 PM

    Lamb in yogurt with juniper and lamb reduction

  • ravensfan  on  5/26/2017 at 2:41 PM

    Irish soda bread with caraway and currants

  • Leahspitzer  on  5/26/2017 at 5:15 PM

    Porcini with chanterelle sauce sound delicious!

  • masterphill99  on  5/26/2017 at 11:29 PM

    Lamb in yogurt with juniper and red wine reduction

  • alicebrody  on  5/27/2017 at 2:45 AM

    Roast Pork with Fig Sauce

  • JoanN  on  5/27/2017 at 6:11 AM

    Roast Pork with Fig Sauce

  • sequoia55  on  5/28/2017 at 2:01 AM

    Ligurian potato salad

  • Lynled  on  5/29/2017 at 4:59 AM

    Crispy potato!

  • RSW  on  5/30/2017 at 10:59 AM

    Crispy potatoes with rosemary

  • Scotsman61  on  5/30/2017 at 6:42 PM

    The Irish soda bread

  • kimbreid  on  6/10/2017 at 10:20 PM

    I would like to try the Parmesan soufflé !

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