Britt and Leo have spent ten years establishing Winesap as the best restaurant in their small Pennsylvania town. They cater to their loyal customers, they don't sleep with the staff, and business is good, even if their temperamental pastry chef is bored with making the same chocolate cake night after night.
But when their dilettante younger brother, Harry, opens his own restaurant, Britt and Leo find their lives thrown off-kilter. Important employees quit and reappear in Harry's kitchen, their "classic" menu starts to seem overly safe, and romance threatens to bubble up in the most inconvenient of places. As the brothers struggle to find a new family dynamic, "Bread and Butter "proves to be a dazzling novel that's as much about siblinghood as it is about the mysterious world behind the kitchen door.
About the Author
Michelle Wildgen is the executive editor of the literary quarterly "Tin House." A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Wildgen received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her fiction, personal essays, and food writing have appeared in "The New York Times"; "O, The Oprah Magazine"; "Best New American Voices"; "Best Food Writing"; "Prairie Schooner"; and elsewhere. Michelle is the author of the novels "But Not for Long" and "You're Not You," and the editor of an anthology, "Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast." "You're Not You" has been optioned for film by Hilary Swank and Denise Di Novi.