Book review: Binging with Babish — by Andrew Rea

(Houghton Mifflin)

There are a multitude of YouTube stars these days, I know, but bear with me, I believe Andrew Rea, best known for creating the “Binging with Babish” channel, is the real deal. As Andrew writes in his introduction (which is moving, raw and honest), he had reached a very low point in his life, doubtful that he would find a way to express himself creatively. Enter psychedelics… No, really.

Also revealed in the revealing intro (one paragraph begins, “Now you might be asking yourself, ‘I was certain I bought a cookbook, so why am I being subjected to your life story?’”), Rea experienced a real breakthrough working with his therapist and psychedelics, and he unstuck himself — beginning with a divorce. I know, it’s a lot. But the very endearing thing about Babish is his honesty and willingness to share everything; his cooking demonstrations include flub-ups and burnt pans, and illustrate him working through the process until he succeeds. “Binging with Babish” features recipes of meals or dishes made famous in film or television, so YouTube provided the perfect platform for Babish (get the book or check his channel for the name inspiration) to express himself creatively do what he loved — cooking and filmmaking.

— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury, Vt.


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