How I Learned to Cook: Culinary Educations from the World's Greatest Chefsby Kimberly Witherspoon, Peter Meehan
From the editors of the internationally critically acclaimed Don't Try This At Home, stories by forty of the world's great chefs about how they learned their craft -- not in the confines of culinary school, but in the inspiring and sometimes death-defying moments of trial-and-error that can happen anytime, anywhere. Hilarious, touching, and always surprising/i>
From the editors of the internationally critically acclaimed Don't Try This At Home, stories by forty of the world's great chefs about how they learned their craft -- not in the confines of culinary school, but in the inspiring and sometimes death-defying moments of trial-and-error that can happen anytime, anywhere. Hilarious, touching, and always surprising, they cover everything from early adversity to career-making triumphs. How I Learned to Cook is an irresistible treat for cooks (and foodies) of all abilities, and includes stories by such culinary giants as Ferran Adria, Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Gabrielle Hamilton, Suzanne Goin, Eric Ripert, and more...
A companion to the editors' Don't Try This at Home, this volume contains brief essays written by 40 chefs describing their experiences in becoming some of the most famous names in the world of culinary arts. Readers are treated to entertaining anecdotes written by Mario Batali, Jacques Torres, Marcella Hazen, and others, with behind-the-scenes stories of some of the world's greatest restaurants and chefs. We share Ming Tsai's first experience with chocolate ganache: off in his measurements by a factor of ten, he ended up with a chocolate body wash and to this day has a great distaste for the food. We are also given the secret recipe for the "Det burger" of Sara Moulton's Ann Arbor days. Culinary inspirations range from childhood experiences to working with Julia Child to being a short-order cook. There's some value in these tales for those interested in a career in cooking, and for the rest of us there's the joy of hearing wonderful stories of the great chefs. Recommended for most public libraries and culinary arts collections.
Elizabeth Rogers Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
“Harrowing, hilarious and…inspiring.” Wall Street Journal
“How I Learned to Cook reassures us that the path to culinary fame is sometimes paved with kitchen fires, exploding fava beans, and unecstatic cherries jubilee.” Vogue
“A collection of savvy, savory essays by 40 of the world's best chefs and food writers…who share their early triumphs, travails, and innovations as up-and-comers before they ascended to culinary stardom.” Elle
“Entertaining and inspiring.” Chicago Sun-Times
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Meet the Author
Kimberly Witherspoon is a literary agent at Inkwell Management. Peter Meehan contributes regularly to the New York Times and to Life magazine. He helped bring the popular public television series How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America¹s Chefs and Barbecue University with Steven Raichlen to the small screen and recently coauthored Brunch: 100 Recipes from Five Points Restaurant with chef Marc Meyer. He lives in New York City.
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I happend to be a chef myself, my sister gave me this book as a gift and found it to be a wonderful book! Each chapter in the book has a chef telling their tales of their experience in the kitchen and how they felt for the first time of making mistakes. It shows me that everyone is entitled to falling but always some how rise back to the top. It was totally relatiable to me and maybe to you as well!