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Chef's Story: 27 Chefs Talk About What Got Them into the Kitchen

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This companion book to The French Culinary Institute's Public Television series hosted by Dorothy Hamilton brings together twenty-seven extraordinary chefs to tell the personal stories behind their culinary triumphs.

Chefs have become figures of heightened interest in our culture over the past decade. We look at chefs as stars and to restaurants as their stage. The twenty-s
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by Ecco
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May 27, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
Some interesting and insightful stories of how some of the most relevant chefs of today got in the field.Some knew early on that that was what they wanted to do.Some just fell in to it.A recurring theme in some of these stories is making the big step up.Challenging one self.I was in college and a pretty good bike racer,but I knew I had to make a decision to get up to pro level racing.I quit school and raced full time,but needed a part time job and ended up in a restaurant.There are stories here ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
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I liked that this book didn't give the usual harsh view of what it takes to be a chef story. I've read that book more than once already. All of the chefs seem a little more light hearted and passionate. This may have been the easiest book I've ever read, and actually inspired me to look more closely at the way I cook and open myself up a bit more. My only complaint is of a personal nature - I'm sick of hearing about French cooking - Big Deal!! - butter and cream, cream and butter, more cream and ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Anthony rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read about what got these people cooking. I'm biased, I've worked for FCI, worked for quite a few of these Chefs, but it's great to read about their personal reasons for entering this insane industry. Should be a must read for every cook entering this world.
Jul 11, 2007 Carol rated it liked it
Recommends it for: foodies
I enjoy cooking and watch a lot of Food Network. It was interesting to me to find out how famous chefs started their vocations. What surprised me were that so many started from different spaces, and that what made them excel and be successful are almost identical.
Julie Rybczynski
Jan 15, 2008 Julie Rybczynski rated it really liked it
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This book is from a PBS series of the same name. I picked it up on a whim at the library and it set me off on months of reading exclusively about food. The book interviews 27 top chefs about how they started cooking. It is great!
Nancy Dardarian
Jul 26, 2012 Nancy Dardarian rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first person narrative from 27 chefs about the development of their skills, what has inspired them, and how they stay fresh and interested.

So many of them experienced the birth of their passion for cooking at home - with talented home cooks creating good meals every day.
Aug 07, 2008 Emma rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this book - little snippets into the passions behind why these amazing chefs chose their careers. A nice un-romanticized view for those of us with culinary voyeurism.
Dec 31, 2007 Becky rated it really liked it
If you like cooking and have pondered becoming a chef (and I certainly have!) this is a great read. Just fun, easy reading about what inspired chefs to get cooking.
Aug 11, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
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A bunch of chefs who went to the French Culinary Institute talk about how they found their love of cooking. Not all of them are totally unique but they are all interesting.
Kosh Koshover
Mar 12, 2009 Kosh Koshover rated it really liked it
A fun quick read, little vignettes into some favorite chefs
Oct 22, 2007 Libby rated it liked it
Not exactly high literature, but a fun and easy read about some of my favorites!
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Dorothy Hamilton founded The French Culinary Institute. She is chairwoman emeritus for life of the American Institute of Wine and Food, and was recently appointed chairwoman of the board of trustees for the James Beard Foundation. She lives in New York and Connecticut. (from the publisher's website)"
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