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 a senior editor at the literary quarterly" Tin House." She earned an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence and has received a scholarship to Bread Loaf and a residency at Hall Farm Center for Arts and Education in Vermont. Her work has appeared in venues including" Best New American Voices 2004, Best Food Writing 2004, StoryQuarterly," and" TriQuarterly." The story on which this novel is based appeared in" Prairie Schooner," where it won the 2004 Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing.