Rottenkid: A Succulent Story of Survival

21,000+ Reviews has the highest-rated customer service of any bookstore in the world
Product Details
$19.00  $17.67
Sibylline Press
Publish Date
5.32 X 8.47 X 0.72 inches | 0.86 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate
About the Author
About Brigit Binns: Brigit's cookbook Eating up the West Coast was her 29th. A prolific cookbook author, her titles have sold over 100,000 copies. In addition, she's helped some of the U.S.A.'s most respected chefs, like New York's Michael Psilakis and Los Angeles' Joachim Splichal, turn their cookbook dreams into reality. During the 10 years she lived in Europe, Brigit graduated from England's Tante Marie cooking school, lived and catered in Spain, and edited the Costa del Sol's English-language magazine. Brigit and her dishes have been featured on The Today Show multiple times. She now lives full-time in California's Central Coast wine country with her dog and fabulous husband, Casey, (aka the Wine Spectator-award-winning Paso Wine Man).

"Brigit Binns may have had a hard-drinking actor for a father and a mother of dangerous exuberance, but she is the star of her life story. This child of Hollywood writes with an observant honesty, telling of hard times and harrowing psychological troubles with surprising humor and heart. You will come away from this book with great admiration for her spirit and great affection for her." -Rick Kogan, Legendary Chicago Tribune columnist, radio personality, and noted author

"Binns offers a memoir about reckoning with the legacy
of difficult parents. The author grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s, the
daughter of actor Edward Binns and his second wife, Marcia Legere Binns,
described as the 'ultimate sophisticate.' Binns' self-aware and wry writing
will interest readers who grew up with angry, self-involved parents. A grounded
remembrance of an outwardly glittering Hollywood upbringing." --Kirkus Reviews

"Definitely not the usual culinary memoir, this is a moving, tell-all story of survival, resilience--and the healing power of food." --Barbara Fairchild, Editor, Bon Appéeacute;tit Magazine

"A brave, delicious, and often darkly funny tale of growing up in the Hollywood of the 60's and 70's, Rottenkid is Brigit's story of breaking free from parental disapproval and finding herself. I loved reading this deftly crafted, insightful memoir by my childhood friend." --Cecilia Peck, Emmy-nominated filmmaker; daughter of Gregory Peck

"Brigit Binns has written a powerful memoir of a childhood of Hollywood privilege among the offspring of other household names in competition with her father's bottle and a wicked mother right out of Disney. 'Born with a silver spoon in my mouth and a knife in my back, ' somehow her precocious, painful, and randy youth led her to a life of sophistication as she waded through ill-fitting men and learned how to cook. She has gone on to author numerous cookbooks that I count as indispensable. What a tasty read." --"Meathead" Goldwyn, Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer and author of NY Times bestseller Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling, and proprietor of the world's most popular BBQ and grilling website,

"A zippy, engaging, and sometimes infuriating story about growing up in Hollywood with neglectful parents. Binns includes dishy bits about stars and politicians, and I am still picturing a certain celebrity's toupee floating in the family swimming pool. But this memoir is also about becoming an adult, and how the author made her way by trial and error, without role models. If you're into food, you'll find plenty of mouthwatering descriptions of what the author cooked with aplomb in London and on the Spanish coast, for dinner parties and eventually as a caterer and cookbook author." --Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food: Pursue Your Passion and Bring Home the Dough Writing Recipes, Cookbooks, Blogs, and More

"There's no shortage of childhood trauma on display in Brigit Binns' disarmingly honest Rottenkid. But with the knowledge that the author scripted, of all things, a Hollywood ending for herself, we're able to enjoy the gallows humor and novelist's eye for telling detail that enliven every page. For all its celebrity cameos (Henry Fonda! Fred Astaire!) and privileged settings (including a memorable stretch at boarding school), at its core, this is the story of a search for self amid the ruins of a lavishly dysfunctional family. You donR