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The Apprentice by Jacques Pépin
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Sep 16, 07

Read in September, 2007

Jacques Pepin writes with humor and clear passion for his subject. This terrific memoir follows him from his childhood, toiling with his family in a series of bistros, to his apprenticeship in France -- leading to stints cooking for DeGaulle and several other French leaders -- and his emigration to America. Fascinating read for anyone interested in following the evolution of American cuisine from the "gastronomic wasteland" Pepin first encountered through the horrors of nouvelle cuisine to the current focus on what was considered peasant food in Pepin's native France: fresh, local, simple with clean flavors. And he loves his wine!
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