Starting this week, you can finally pick up your very own copy of Burn the Place! Burn the Place is an unforgettable memoir that follows Iliana Regan’s journey from foraging on her family farm to running her Michelin-starred restaurant, Elizabeth. For Regan, food quickly became a way through which to understand a world in which she often felt isolated. Burn the Place recounts Regan’s experience coming to terms with her gender and sexuality, fighting for sobriety, and pursuing a career in a male-dominated field with unapologetic, emotional power. This is not your typical chef’s memoir.
Named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2016 and receiving praise from Eater, Esquire, and the Chicago Tribune, Regan articulates her narrative with the same fiery force that she uses in the kitchen. See below for more rave reviews!
We can’t wait for you to read it!
Praise for Iliana Regan's memoir Burn the Place:
“This raw and emotional memoir testifies to the power of persistence and grit. With vivid description, we explore Regan’s almost inborn connection to food and the earth, her rise as a queer woman in a male dominated industry, and her journey to sobriety.” —Real Simple
“With this deeply personal work, Iliana reminds us that there is great strength in vulnerability. Her story is one of resilience, determination, and vision.” —René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of noma
“[A] blistering yet tender story of a woman transforming Midwestern cooking, in a fresh voice all her own.” —Publishers Weekly
“It turns out that Iliana Regan writes the way she cooks: with a voice that’s bold and soulful, tender and tough, impossible to ignore, and utterly her own. Burn the Place is much more than an account of hustling in the kitchen. It’s a story about identity and addiction. It’s about getting creative and becoming a boss. And it’s full of scenes of gothic drama that still give me goosebumps when I think of them.” —Jeff Gordinier, author of Hungry
“The dynamic story of a dynamic life.” —Ms.
“What bold new voice is this? Iliana Regan is out to shake up the literary world in the same was she's shaken the culinary world. Unexpected, flavorful, and distinctive, Burn the Place is a debut to savor.” —Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
“Renowned chef Iliana Regan turns stuffy patriarchal stereotypes upside down. She is self-taught, charismatic, delightfully foul-mouthed, and utterly devoid of pretension as she parallels her ascent in the culinary world with a past strewn with AA chips, jail cell stints, and brutal family losses. This groundbreaking memoir reinvents the well-worn trope of the “bad boy” superstar chef, presenting us instead with a palpably vulnerable, complicatedly feminist, and sexy-queer-girl genius who takes no prisoners, including herself. Regan’s wild rags-to-Michelin story has appeal far beyond the “foodie” market, particularly among those hungry for tales of unapologetic women who have made it entirely on their own terms.” —Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men and Every Kind of Wanting