Barbara Lynch On Her Life Of 'Playing With Fire'15:29

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Once, when Barbara Lynch was growing up in Southie, "Whitey" Bulger grabbed her and her best friend and shoved them behind a car just before people in three black limousines showed up and started shooting up Bulger's mother's yard.

It was one of many stories from a tumultuous childhood, that also involved shoplifting, carjacking and the theft of one MBTA bus as a 13-year-old.

But then Lynch discovered cooking, and she has followed it ever since. She owns restaurants all across Boston, including No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, Drink, Sportello and Menton.

Her new book is "Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire."

Barbara Lynch will be speaking Tuesday, April 18 at 6 pm at the Brattle Theatre and signing books on Thursday, April 27th at the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum


Barbara Lynch, James Beard Award-winning chef, owner of No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, Drink, Sportello, Menton and more. Author of "Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire." She tweets @barbaralynchbos.

This segment aired on April 14, 2017.