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How I Learned to Cook by Kimberly Witherspoon
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Dec 13, 10

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Recommended to Miriam by: Kim K
Read from December 11 to 12, 2010

Anecdotal and generally quite short essays from various chefs. Given the title I was surprised at how many of them began in medias res with their culinary careers already underway. I felt that most of them were reluctant to expose anything to intimate or unflattering. Like, Anthony Bourdain's contribution (which was actually one of the better-written, a lot of these chefs suck at prose) was entertaining, but was about something that happened when he was already nationally famous and appearing on TV.

My favorite piece was Rick Bayless talking about becoming obsessed with Julia Child at age ten and getting in trouble for ordering fancy French ingredients on his parents' grocery tab.
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