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Scars of a Chef: The Searing Story of a Top Chef Marked Forever by the Grit and Grace of Life in the Kitchen

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful book!

Usually I don't buy books written by chefs but this one caught my eye with the above back cover description. At first the reader may wonder what this has to do with Christianity, as you read on the story comes to light.

I found this to be a very good read, Rick Tram...
Usually I don't buy books written by chefs but this one caught my eye with the above back cover description. At first the reader may wonder what this has to do with Christianity, as you read on the story comes to light.

I found this to be a very good read, Rick Tramonto's story of how he found God amid the interesting life he led and how he backslid then got right with the Lord again is inspiring!

His dedication to his work is admirable, I love the part of the book that tells of the radio message he listened to one night while driving home. It's amazing how God works!

Scars of a Chef is a great story of rags to riches. I give it 5 stars

posted by JoyAnneTN on June 25, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Finding Balance while Striving for One's Dreams

Not having been a part of the culinary world and not having a working knowledge of all that goes on behind the scenes I had no idea of the struggles and the chaos that a would-be-chef would endure to reach his dream. Scars of a Chef by Rick Tramonto was a good book to i...
Not having been a part of the culinary world and not having a working knowledge of all that goes on behind the scenes I had no idea of the struggles and the chaos that a would-be-chef would endure to reach his dream. Scars of a Chef by Rick Tramonto was a good book to introduce me to that world. It also was a honest confession so to speak of a would-be-chef and his struggles and triumphs in reaching his dream. We all of scars in our lives as we struggle through hard times. But to be victorious one must learn from these times and keep going. And to find true fulfillment in life one must surrender to God and allow Him to use you for His glory.

posted by 8486889 on June 23, 2011

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    A Book About A Man...

    I picked up Scars of a Chef by Rick Tramonto with Lisa Jackson with the thought of looking for a story that would be encouraging. The cover makes the Rick Tramonto look like a very rough and tumble guy. But, that is what publicity and marketing does--its goal is to make you curious about the book and make you want to read it. Unfortunately, it can backfire if the book doesn't match the cover--which is true in this case. This is the story of a man. It is not a story primarily about God and what He has done in this man's life or about the people in Rick's life. Thoughout the book, you hear Rick's voice. I felt as if I could be talking to him. But, the book is all about what He, Rick Tramonto, did and how He, Rick Tramonto, succeeded.

    I am thankful that Rick and his wife have come to know the Lord. I am glad for them. I am glad that Rick's father came to know the Lord two weeks before his death.

    But, this book contains the details of Rick's life and achievements. Very detailed details. If you love food and you are curious about the world which chefs live in, then you may find the bulk of this book interesting. It began to feel very repetitious to me after the first third of the book.

    This isn't a book I would recommend. It isn't a book with bad grammar or sentence structure or bad writing, per se. But, the story did become very repetitious. I didn't find what I expected when I chose to read this book. I was looking for a book that would give me insight into how someone who grew up in a very rough family found his way out (which is what the marketing led me to believe it was about). I was hoping that there would be an awareness on the a part of the author of how God helped him do that. I wasn't expecting the story of a man who indulged in drugs and alcohol for years. The inside pictures of Rick Tramonto paint a very different picture than the cover does. I don't think he's the rough guy that the front cover portrays him to be. Albeit he admits to having quite a temper, but I couldn't figure some things out about the story. Like once he realized as an adult that he has dyslexia, why didn't he get help? ...Why didn't he ever realize that the reason the marriage counselor was talking to him about the things he did wrong was that he probably did have issues he needed to work out? ...Why didn't he want to change? In this story, rather than finding encouragement and answers, I was just left with a lot of questions.

    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing.

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