Barbara Lynch Makes Anthony Bourdain Look Like a Nun

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“I just didn’t want to be on welfare. I’d wake up in the morning and see this dilapidated building we lived in, and I knew there had to be a better life. I was a bookie in high school, and I’d place bets for some of my teachers. I dealt drugs, anything to survive.” —Boston chef Barbara Lynch, who now owns some of the city’s most expensive restaurants, tells the New York Times why she first got started in cooking. [NYT]