Bill Buford’s 2006 memoir Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-quoting Butcher in Tuscany has been optioned by screenwriter Stan Chervin and producer Rachael Horovitz, reports Deadline. The duo previously teamed up on Bennett Miller’s upcoming Brad Pitt-starred real-life baseball flick Moneyball.
Heat chronicles his journey from an editor at the New Yorker to learning firsthand about food, and eventually becoming “kitchen slave” to chefs like Mario Batali. Hit the jump to read the synopsis of the book.
Buford’s voice echoes the rhythms of his own writing style. Writing about his break from working as a New Yorker editor and learning firsthand about the world of food, Buford guns his reading into hyperspeed when he is jazzed about a particularly tangy anecdote, and plays with his vocal tone and pitch when mimicking others’ voices. At its base, Buford’s voice is tinged with a jovial lilt, as if he is amused by his life as a “kitchen slave” and by the outsize personalities of the people he meets along the way. Less authoritative than blissfully confused, Buford speaks the way he writes, as a well-informed but never entirely knowledgeable outsider to the world of food love. Listening to his imitation of star chef Mario Batali’s kinetic squeal, Buford ably conveys his abiding love for the teachers and companions of his brief, eventful life as a cook [Amazon].