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

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

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by Dalia Jurgensen
     
 

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A clever and affectionate glimpse at the truth about what goes on behind that swinging door, full of "great insider stuff" (Anthony Bourdain)

Life in a restaurant kitchen is strenuous and exciting, while its inhabitants are...unique. In this testosterone-laden atmosphere, Dalia Jurgensen

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Read Dahlia Jurgensen's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A clever and affectionate glimpse at the truth about what goes on behind that swinging door, full of "great insider stuff" (Anthony Bourdain)

Life in a restaurant kitchen is strenuous and exciting, while its inhabitants are...unique. In this testosterone-laden atmosphere, Dalia Jurgensen tirelessly pursued her dream of becoming a chef, working her way up though New York's top restaurants.

In her deliciously entertaining memoir, she divulges the dynamics between cooks and waiters, chefs and food critics, and heated affairs between staff members. Written with sincere love for the industry, this is a candid insider's tour from the unique perspective of an acclaimed pastry chef.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425232521
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,262,037
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dalia Jurgensen is executive pastry chef for the highly regarded Williamsburg, Brooklyn, restaurant Dressler. Formerly pastry chef for the three-star Manhattan restaurant Veritas, she has worked in the kitchens of acclaimed restaurants such as Nobu, Layla, and La Cote Basque. Her pastry and cooking have been widely reviewed and featured in publications including The New York Times, New York, the New York Daily News, and USA Today. Her website, www.myspicedlife.com, offers insights into restaurant kitchens, recipes, food experiences, and reviews. Jurgensen lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York.

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Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trails by Fire, After-HoursExploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
specsCL More than 1 year ago
Foodies, rejoice! Spiced is an easy read, and puts the reader "on the line" in several well-known restaurants such as Nobu. Resuaurants in this true-life story start and fail, with influences from critics. Needing a break, Dalia spends time in Martha Stewart's test kitchen, and provides fascinating insights into the enterprise. As always, life doesn't end at work, and Dalhia chronicles her post-close activities with honesty and insight. Dalia's culinary progress can be followed from garde manger through to pastry,which proves to be her forte.As with most other chefs, the nightly grind of a professional kitchen takes it's toll on work-life balance. Eventually Dahlia migrates to executive pastry work, and consulting.Will she tire of the predictable life she now owns, and dive back into a professional kitchen? Guess we'll have to stay tuned until the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Culinarymom More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the real life drama involved with following your dream
Garrett Brenner More than 1 year ago
Sucked