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Life, on the Line by Grant Achatz
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Mar 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: bio-and-memoir, food-and-drink

This is a peculiar book. One part culinary coming of age, one part how to set up a world-class restaurant, complete with detailed investor reports, one part cancer survival story. Five stars for parts one and three, three stars for part two. Honestly, does anyone beyond an investor or interior designer need that much detail about the sourcing and pricing of chairs? This memoir is also confiding and distancing. Once Grant becomes a success, he steps back from his readers by turning a good chunk of the tale over to his business partner, like he’s now got better things to do than continue narrating. Still, the book is enjoyable for learning first- and secondhand about the evolution of a highly creative culinary mind. Overall, this is a tale of commitment to a vision and doing whatever it takes to achieve that. He does acknowledge and express gratitude to all those who generously helped him along the way, unless you’re Charlie Trotter or the mother of his kids. Grant Achatz definitely has grit and talent but Nick Kokonas and Thomas Keller have the heart.
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March 4, 2012 – Shelved as: bio-and-memoir
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Michelle Wilkes Exactly!! One thing truly bothering me halfway through is the almost painfully absent mention of his kids and their mother. I choose to believe that genius and vision do not have to be achieved at the expense of your family.


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