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Dont Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the Worlds Greatest Chefs
     

Dont Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the Worlds Greatest Chefs

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by Kimberly Witherspoon
 

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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, Dont Try This at Home is a delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire

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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, Dont Try This at Home is a delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire arent always perfect-and a hilarious musthave for anyone whos ever burned dinner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596919402
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/09/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
297,931
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Kim Witherspoon is a founding partner at Inkwell Management, a literary agency based in Manhattan, and the coeditor of How I Learned to Cook. She lives with her family in North Salem, New York.

Andrew Friedman specializes in books and articles about food, restaurants, and kitchen culture. He has authored or coauthored more than a dozen cookbooks.
Kimberly Witherspoon is a literary agent at Inkwell Management.
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.

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Don't Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes From the World's Greatest Cooks and Chefs 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible,not worth the flippin money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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,
aloysiusCT More than 1 year ago
I've done funnier and more disastrous stuff. Mario's story is very funny and easy to visualize.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i_read_b88ks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you watch the Chef shows on TV you will like this.
AvidReader13SH More than 1 year ago
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.
NetageneK More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's so nice to see that the stars of the food world make their share of mistakes, just like us mere mortals. This is a great gift idea for the person on your list who loves food, but has plenty of cookbooks.