Work Clean: The life-changing power of mise-en-place to organize your life, work, and mind

Work Clean: The life-changing power of mise-en-place to organize your life, work, and mind

by Dan Charnas


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The first organizational book inspired by the culinary world, taking mise-en-place outside the kitchen.

Every day, chefs across the globe churn out enormous amounts of high-quality work with efficiency using a system called mise-en-place—a French culinary term that means “putting in place” and signifies an entire lifestyle of readiness and engagement. In Work Clean, Dan Charnas reveals how to apply mise-en-place outside the kitchen, in any kind of work.

Culled from dozens of interviews with culinary professionals and executives, including world-renowned chefs like Thomas Keller and Alfred Portale, this essential guide offers a simple system to focus your actions and accomplish your work. Charnas spells out the 10 major principles of mise-en-place for chefs and non chefs alike: (1) planning is prime; (2) arranging spaces and perfecting movements; (3) cleaning as you go; (4) making first moves; (5) finishing actions; (6) slowing down to speed up; (7) call and callback; (8) open ears and eyes; (9) inspect and correct; (10) total utilization.

This journey into the world of chefs and cooks shows you how each principle works in the kitchen, office, home, and virtually any other setting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623365929
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 223,682
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dan Charnas is an award-winning culture, lifestyle, and business writer. Recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Fellowship for Arts Journalism, his first book, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, was called “a classic of music-business dirt digging as well as a kind of pulp epic” by Rolling Stone. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

A Note from the Author vii

First Course: The Power of Working Clean 1

Focus: How Mise-en-Place Works 3

Chaos: How We Work without Mise-en-Place 23

Second Course: The Ingredients of Working Clean 41

Planning Is Prime 43

Arranging Spaces, Perfecting Movements 61

Cleaning As You Go 84

Making First Moves 100

Finishing Actions 116

Slowing Down to Speed Up 135

Open Eyes and Ears 149

Call and Callback 164

Inspect and Correct 182

Total Utilization 200

Third Course: Working Clean as a Way of Life 221

The Commitments of Working Clean 223

The Work Clean System 235

A Day of Working Clean 247

Conclusion 271

Epilogue 273

Interviews 279

Gratitude 281

Index 283

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