“Perhaps the definitive Midwest drunken-lesbian food memoir.”
—Kim Severson, The New York Times
"Remarkable... Burn the Place is a 'chef memoir' only in the sense that the author turned out to be a chef. More rightly, it belongs on a shelf with the great memoirs of addiction, of gender ambivalence and queer coming-of-age, of the grand disillusionment that comes from revisiting, as a clear-eyed adult, the deceptive perfection of childhood."
—The New Yorker
“This raw and emotional memoir testifies to the power of persistence and grit. With vivid description, we explore Regan’s almost inborn connection to food and the earth, her rise as a queer woman in a male dominated industry, and her journey to sobriety.”
"Regan is a compelling narrator, serving up her life story with the same ease, deftness, and creativity she seems to apply to her cooking."
“With this deeply personal work, Iliana reminds us that there is great strength in vulnerability. Her story is one of resilience, determination, and vision.”
—René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma
"Regan's story is a memorable tale, with prose that deeply conveys the resilience and intensity she needed to find her undeniable success. Burn the Place will serve as inspiration for those in and outside of the kitchen."
—Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin
"Iliana's perspective is honest and unprocessed and speaks true to her own experiences. Burn the PLace takes us through the incredible events that shaped her identity as a person and a chef. Iliana is one of the best chefs I've ever known."
—David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku
“Regan writes the way she cooks: with a voice that’s bold and soulful, tender and tough, impossible to ignore, and utterly her own. Burn the Place is much more than an account of hustling in the kitchen. It’s a story about identity and addiction. It’s about getting creative and becoming a boss.”
—Jeff Gordinier, author of Hungry
“What bold new voice is this? Unexpected, flavorful, and distinctive, Burn the Place is a debut to savor.”
—Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs