Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-HoursExploits, andWhat Really Goes on in the Kitchen

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In the tradition of Kitchen Confidential, a revealing and entertaining insider's tour through top restaurant kitchens, told from the unique perspective of a critically acclaimed pastry chef.

Spiced is Dalia Jurgensen's memoir of leaving her office job and pursuing her dream of becoming a chef. Eventually landing the job of pastry chef for a three-star New York restaurant, she recounts with endearing candor the dry cakes and burned pots of her early internships, and the sweat, ...

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Overview

In the tradition of Kitchen Confidential, a revealing and entertaining insider's tour through top restaurant kitchens, told from the unique perspective of a critically acclaimed pastry chef.

Spiced is Dalia Jurgensen's memoir of leaving her office job and pursuing her dream of becoming a chef. Eventually landing the job of pastry chef for a three-star New York restaurant, she recounts with endearing candor the dry cakes and burned pots of her early internships, and the sweat, sheer determination, and finely tuned taste buds-as well as resilient ego and sense of humor-that won her spots in world-class restaurant kitchens. With wit and an appreciation for raunchy insults, she reveals the secrets to holding your own in male-dominated kitchens, surviving after-hours staff parties, and turning out perfect plates when you know you're cooking for a poorly disguised restaurant critic. She even confesses to a clandestine romance with her chef and boss-not to mention what it's like to work in Martha Stewart's TV kitchen-and the ugly truth behind the much-mythologized "family meal."

Following Dalia's personal trajectory from nervous newbie to unflappable professional, Spiced is a clever, surprisingly frank, and affectionate glimpse at the sweet and sour of following your passion.

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Apprenticeships generally look best in deep retrospect. When Dalia Jurgenson left her office job to pursue her cooking dreams, she didn't expect to become the head pastry chef of a three-star New York restaurant, but she also didn't anticipate all the kitchen disasters and staff wars that she would experience along the way. Spiced possesses all the insider's panache of an Anthony Bourdain tell-all and a sly feminism all its own. Jurgenson writes well, and her jauntiness redeems even her most depressing stories of behind-the-swinging-doors sexism. One of the best recent foodie memoirs.
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"Your lack of experience doesn't bother me," Jurgensen's first boss in a restaurant kitchen told her. "It just means... you haven't learned any bad habits yet." From that auspicious beginning, Jurgensen, pastry chef at Dressler in Brooklyn, makes a few mistakes along the way (one time, she managed to burn a hole in the bottom of a pot while trying to melt chocolate), although she steadily improves, landing jobs at several impressive Manhattan restaurants (with an interlude as a chef for Martha Stewart's TV show). In this amiable narrative, she describes various pitfalls: a hookup with one of her bosses eventually settles into a dating relationship; when they break up, it's right back to work for Jurgensen ever the professional. The edgy "backstage" atmosphere will be instantly familiar to fans of chef memoirs, but Jurgensen's promise of a feminine perspective to the sexist environment is barely fulfilled by the indifferent telling of a few raunchy anecdotes and her insistence that she got over it because she had no other choice. Individually, the stories are never anything less than entertaining, but when they're put together it feels like there's one more ingredient missing-an elusive something that would make a good dish great. (Apr.)

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Joining the growing collection of restaurant-insider memoirs, Jurgensen's (executive pastry chef at Dressler in Brooklyn) book takes readers on a culinary adventure through her rise as a pastry chef at New York's best restaurants while attending culinary school. The highlights include her experiences at Martha Stewart Living Television, when she accidentally melted her glasses while making macaroons. A quick read, this book will appeal to those interested in chef stories and what happens behind the scenes in the kitchen. Recommended for libraries building a culinary collection, but not an essential purchase.
—Nicole Mitchell

Kirkus Reviews
Everything you always wanted to know about working in a high-powered restaurant kitchen-unfortunately, you may already know most of it. Now the well-respected executive pastry chef at acclaimed Brooklyn restaurant Dressler, Jurgensen previously cooked at such top-shelf New York eateries as Nobu and La Cote Basque. She has experienced nearly everything in and out of a high-end kitchen: on-the-job romance, getting freaked out by a visit from New York Times review goddess Ruth Reichl and, of course, being privy to some brilliant food. Despite the up-and-down wackiness of the restaurant world, Jurgensen loves her lot in life, and her debut memoir reflects great affection for the professional kitchen. But how much more attention do professional kitchens need? Ever since Anthony Bourdain made a splash with Kitchen Confidential in 2000, food-industry types have been trying to bottle that lightning again, with mixed results. Steve Dublanica's Waiter Rant (2008) and Phoebe Damrosch's Service Included (2007) were creative successes, but among them and the dozens of other restaurant confessionals that have emerged in the past decade, there isn't much further we can go behind the scenes. On the plus side, Jurgensen does a nice job with the female perspective in the testosterone-centric kitchen culture. She gently dishes on former part-time employer Martha Stewart, and her experience as a pastry chef puts a slightly different slant on the proceedings. Ultimately, though, her pleasantly told tale likely won't resonate beyond Food Network junkies. Likable, but doesn't offer enough new insights to stand out in the crowded field of behind-the-scenes foodie memoirs. Agent: Kirsten Neuhaus/ViglianoAssociates
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399155611
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 6.48 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dalia Jurgensen is executive pastry chef for the highly regarded, Michelin-rated Williamsburg, Brooklyn, restaurant Dressler. Formerly pastry chef for three-star Manhattan restaurant Veritas, she has worked in the kitchens of acclaimed restaurants such as Nobu, Layla, and La Côte Basque. Her pastry and cooking have been widely reviewed and featured on radio and in magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, New York magazine, the New York Daily News, and USA Today. She also tested and developed recipes for Martha Stewart's television show. Her website offers insights into restaurant kitchens, recipes, food experiences, and reviews.
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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    Spiced is my first eBook on my nook and what a great read!

    I held off buying Spiced until I received my nook and what a great choice as my first eBook. One can't help but like Dalia as a person, and admire her as a pastry chef. The pace of the book was perfect, she didn't rush through any parts, and didn't offer anything that I felt did not belong in there. Her focus was strictly on her experience as a pastry chef and the path she took in getting to where she ended up.
    Great read and one I'm sure many lovers of "kitchen" memoirs would enjoy.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Spiced by Dalia Jurgensen

    Spiced, a memoir by Dalia Jurgensen throws open the kitchen doors, giving the reader an insider's look at restaurant work. From dishwashers to executive chefs, she spares none and tells all. This book is better than reality TV! I loved the descriptions; you can almost smell the chocolate in the molten chocolate cake.

    Some details I could have done without, such as an extremely brief lesbian encounter but this was part of her experience. She goes on to tell what it was like to be reviewed by top food editors, of being part of the staff that opens a brand new restaurant and the thrill of developing recipes for Martha Stewart's television show. Spiced is a fly on the wall experience you won't want to miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    Great memoir

    I often read about male chefs but not too much is out there from a female's perspective. Finally, there is something from a woman's voice! When I went to culinary school, I was 1 out of 3 girls in a group of 20 students. There were not many women to relate to. Reading the book comforted me because I learned that another woman experienced the same trials I underwent while in a kitchen. Spiced is a book I would recommend to women who have been chefs for a while, as well as young women looking to get into the field. It's a wealth of support and guidance for those looking to find their way through a macho business.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

    Honest and Intriguing! Would love to hear more...

    I couldn't get enough of "Spiced". There's something about the ease and cleverness of Ms. Jurgensen's writing that makes this book such an addicting read. Admittedly, I am intrigued with the NYC restaurant industry, but, there's enough in here (self exploration, romance, success in the ultimate boys' club, etc) to entertain all different types of readers. Ms. Jurgensen's detailed and exciting journey left me looking forward to her next book... I was thoroughly engaged in the details of her relationships and I hope that she maps out the years of her life following SPICED in the near future.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

    Hungry for more...

    Not being much of a "foodie" myself, I came to this book with limited expectations and found myself more than pleasantly surprised. Not only was it often laugh out loud funny, but this memoir delivers the inside scoop on high-end restaurants while charting a personal journey as Jurgensen makes the brave and dangerous decision to give up her secure office job and realize her dream of being a chef.

    The book starts with her first job trailing at Nobu, scooping ice-cream for celebrities like Woody Allen, and ends with her having become an accomplished pastry chef in her own right at a three-star restaurant in New York City. While Jurgensen describes the seedy underbelly of the restaurant world in detail, she never succumbs to gossip-mongering. This is a judicious, honest portrait, showcasing the artistry of great food and great cooks while revealing the dark side of the industry. As a woman in a man's world, Jurgensen somehow manages to rise above the sexist banter and ribbing, placing it in its context while never feeling sorry for herself or whining about how tough it all is. More importantly, and this is where I was really hooked in, this is a deeply personal narrative of a young woman finding herself and earning the respect she deserves despite the odds. We watch her brave the long hours and sugar burns, over-sized egos and late-night debauchery, and still, somehow, keep her cool and find the funny side. It's a rocky road, never more so when she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous love affair with her chef. I won't reveal how it all turns out-you'll just have to read it yourself to find out. For the cooking enthusiast, there's a lot to love here, including luscious descriptions of food that had me salivating along with a ton of insider tips that I, personally, will leave to the experts. Whether you love food or not, you'll finish this book hungry for more from this promising new writer.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

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    It's a hard-knock life: Jurgensen's fair warning to those with culinary aspirations

    For those of you who, like me, often dream of swapping a desk job for a pastry station, Dalia Jurgensen's Spiced is a revelation. Literally. Who knew the waters of kitchen politics would be as difficult to navigate as those of the typical office?

    While Jurgensen begins her journey, intending to become a chef, her experiences lead her to ultimately choose pastry. The mainly male-oriented profession leads to some predictable, testosterone-driven antics, and the restaurant hierarchy seems, at times, genuinely medieval. But the author's passion for food shines, as does her occasionally unflattering honesty.

    Jurgensen's hopscotching through disparate jobs for famed and failed restaurants in a lengthy, resume-building tour of New York City hotspots proves an interesting read, whether or not you have a culinary career in mind. From working the pastry station at Nobu to freelancing as a recipe developer for Martha Stewart, Jurgensen shares industry insight and a few dirty secrets along the way.

    And if at the end of the book, you're still itching to cook, don't say you weren't warned.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    Fun to read

    I found the book entertaining and a quick read. It detailed the working environment of a restaurant kitchen w/ its stresses and comical moments. Some were one and the same. Ms. Jurgensen's writing was never boring nor tedious. It was light and quite humorous making the reader want to learn more. It was fun! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    A Delicious Page-Turner

    I thoroughly enjoyed this smart and funny tale about a pastry chef's rise to culinary success. Dalia Jurgensen unbelievably snags a coveted gig at Nobu with zero pastry experience. From there she moves from restaurant to restaurant, sweet to savory, in mostly unforgiving, male-dominated environments. She gains priceless experience, makes lifelong friendships, has her heart broken a few times, searches her soul while she perfects her pastry, and in the end, she discovers happiness both in and out of the kitchen. If you love food, romance, and find "back of house" restaurant stories utterly fascinating, this is a must-read for you!

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    a page turner

    My only criticism of this book is that it sometimes made me hunger for meals I can't afford and other times made me lose my appetite, but that's just because Ms. Jurgensen paints a crystal clear picture of the atmosphere of various renowned NYC kitchens. This book, however, is not just about food. There are hysterical antics and a myriad of restaurant characters, who we come to know effortlessly in her account of her coming of age in the restaurant industry. I found this author's style of writing to be incredibly efficient, in that she serves us just the right amount of information and detail to intimate us with her and her world. There's some romance, some sizzle, and a good dose of humility and humor that makes for an incredibly entertaining and hard to put down read.

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