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Local chef turned author pens new book "When It's Done: The Making of A Chef"

Nov 11, 2018

Not just a cookbook, but also a chef’s memoir and short stories wrapped around recipes.

That’s how award-winning chef and former owner of Hobos Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Gretchen Hanson, describes her new book titled, “When It’s Done: The Making of A Chef.”

Gretchen Hanson says the goal of wrfiting her new book was to teach people how to cook, and heal by using their love of food is a first and best medicine.


The former owner of Hobos Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach explains what readers will get from the book.

“I think a big part of our culture is that we have a very confused relationship with food.  And I examine that from the time I am a very young child - about my relationship with food - which is pretty typical of women of my age. And I explore that in the dynamic of being a chef  and loving food and being around food all the time,” Hanson said.

Hanson says sometimes that relationship is “sacred” and sometimes it’s “profane.”

She believes readers will entertained, enlightened and shocked by tales of the sordid back alleyways found behind every restaurant kitchen.

Hanson will host a book release this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. with a champagne reception and book signing on the second floor of Grotto Pizza on the Avenue in Rehoboth.


You can find “When It’s Done: The Making of a Chef,” on the Breaking Rules Publishing website here.


And for more information about Chef Gretchen Hanson subscribe to her blog and receive her free e-book The Best Twenty Recipes from Hobos Restaurant and Bar.