Don't Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World's Greatest Chefs [NOOK Book]

Overview

From Gabrielle Hamilton on hiring a blind line cook to Michel Richard on rescuing a wrecked cake to Eric Ripert on being the clumsiest waiter in the room, these behind-the-scenes accounts are as wildly entertaining as they are revealing. With a great, new piece by Jamie Oliver, Don't Try This at Home is a delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren't always perfect-and a hilarious musthave for anyone who's ever burned dinner.
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Don't Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World's Greatest Chefs

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Overview

From Gabrielle Hamilton on hiring a blind line cook to Michel Richard on rescuing a wrecked cake to Eric Ripert on being the clumsiest waiter in the room, these behind-the-scenes accounts are as wildly entertaining as they are revealing. With a great, new piece by Jamie Oliver, Don't Try This at Home is a delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren't always perfect-and a hilarious musthave for anyone who's ever burned dinner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596919402
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 900,909
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Andrew Friedman writes about food, restaurants, and kitchen culture and has co-authored more than a dozen cookbooks. He lives in New York City with his family.

Kimberly Witherspoon is a literary agent at Inkwell Management.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Not worth

    Terrible,not worth the flippin money

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    What Professionals don't know about home cooking

    I had to laugh. I'll never work in a "professional" kitchen. Many of these stories remind me of learning to cook, with my family. When as a nine year old boy, learning to feed "everyone" was a challenge.
    Later, I'd be asked every cooking question, by my female relatives. Damn, I had some canning and recipe screw ups. Loved this book, but it was only okay,

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Fair

    I've done funnier and more disastrous stuff. Mario's story is very funny and easy to visualize.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Some funny stories, some poor editing on the ebook

    Whoever typed this should be shot. The typos were distracting (occasionally using 1 instead of I, for example) and at least once there was a spot where a phrase was inserted in the wrong place (like in the middle of another sentence).

    THAT being said, kinda funny the crap that chefs have to deal with. Neat to see behind the scenes and to know that I'll never be in such crazy predicaments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    I did not finish the book.

    If you watch the Chef shows on TV you will like this.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    I agree that there are many, many typos in the Nook version. Th

    I agree that there are many, many typos in the Nook version. The book
    itself is terribly boring. Wasted my hard-earned money on this one.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Hilarious!

    I would probably give this 5 stars except for the language! Each chapter stands alone, so you can start anywhere. I rarely LOL but did several times while reading this. Even if you're not into cooking, just the human foibles are funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Good light reading

    I very much enjoyed the glimpses of misery and or ineptitude that these chefs gave me. It was nice to see that they struggled in the beginning of their careers just as th rest of us do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Nook version has many TYPO errors

    This review only relates to the Nook version. Am very much enjoying the book, but there are lots of typos. One paragraph from early in the book appears in the middle of a sentence later on in the book! Makes it a bit confusing, but as it's just a light read for fun anyway, it doesn't spoil it. The stories are still amusing, if you can overlook that one of them took place in the "South of Trance" or that the magazine "Tood and Wine" named xyz as one of the best chefs. Maybe that just adds to the amusement level, for what is surely meant as a light hearted read (albeit many with good "you can learn from this" type of morals)?

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    Posted August 24, 2012

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    Posted August 1, 2012

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