Brandon Baltzley on Nine Lives: A Chef’s Journey from Chaos to Control | Tantorious

Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.

Brandon Baltzley was born in Louisiana and started working in the kitchens of gay bars and bistros as a kid. He was a musician and traveled widely before becoming a rising young chef in Chicago. In his book, Nine Lives: A Chef’s Journey from Chaos to Control, Brandon lays bare his gripping story of culinary triumphs, consuming drug addictions, and his continuing quest to stay on top.



Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: How is the book structured?

A: It starts off when I’m 22 and comes up to the present (I’m 28 now). Through the chapters we flash back to my childhood and family life and playing music with Kylesa.

Q: What do you hope readers and listeners will take from it?

A: It’s a story about addiction, it’s a story about food, it’s a story about the struggle to survive by any means necessary. I think people who have problems with addiction will relate.

Q: Do you listen to audiobooks?

A: I do, especially when I’m touring on the road. I’m about to start a cross-country popup tour called Crux; we’re going to all these cities to collaborate and cook with chefs.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of Nine Lives: A Chef’s Journey from Chaos to Control, narrated by George Newbern.

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