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The Soul of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman
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Sep 03, 2007

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Recommended for: foodies
Read in September, 2007

I enjoyed this book, which is an in-depth look into three different chefs in three different environments (the Certified Master Chef exam, a laid-back bistro in Cleveland, and a very haute cuisine restaurant in California). Ruhlman is a terrific writer, but I thought the book dragged toward the end and went a little long. That said, the insights into chefdom and the restaurant biz were fascinating, and the food descriptions delectable. I look forward to trying the recipes included at the end.
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message 1: by Mattie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:18PM) (new)

Mattie As I mentioned at the party, I really enjoyed this. I'm a good amateur foodie, so I found this fascinating, even as it confirmed to me that I wouldn't want to cook for a living. I have the next book he wrote after this, The Reach of a Chef, about the impact of celebrity chefs in America. If you're interested, I'll be happy to pass it on to you (although it may be a while before I get to it. LOL).


message 2: by Kim (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:18PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Kim Thanks, Mattie. I too love watching chefs and cooks do their work and am a Food Network junkie. (My favorites--Giada D and Bobby Flay. I have to say I'm in the "I hate Rachael Ray" group.) My nephew-in-law just became a garde-manger in New York City and he is going through a major learning curve. He was a head cook at a hotel restaurant in Gettysburg, Pa., and I think the pace in Manhattan is quite a bit different. So this book is giving me insight into what he's dealing with. I'd love to read "The Reach of a Chef" sometime--if I can't wait for you, I might just have to buy it myself!

Let's share a meal sometime soon!

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