How I Learned To Cook: Culinary Educations from the World's Greatest Chefs

How I Learned To Cook: Culinary Educations from the World's Greatest Chefs

by Kimberly Witherspoon, Peter Meehan

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Before he was a top chef, Tom Colicchio learned to love cooking when he was still slinging burgers at a poolside snack bar. Barbara Lynch tells the story of lying her way into her first chef's job and then needing to cook her way out of trouble in the galley kitchen of a ship at sea. Stories of mentorship abound: Rick Bayless tells the story of finally working with Julia Child, his childhood hero; Gary Danko of earning the trust of the legendary Madeleine Kamman. How I Learned to Cook is an irresistible treat, a must-have for anyone who loves food and wants a look into the lives of the men and women who masterfully prepare it.

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ISBN-13: 9781596919396
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 12/09/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 450,177
File size: 540 KB

About the Author

Kimberly Witherspoon is a founding partner at Inkwell Management, a literary agency based in Manhattan, and is the coeditor of Don't Try This at Home: Culinary Castastrophes from the World's Greatest Chefs. She lives with her family in North Salem, New York. Peter Meehan writes about food and drink. He contributes regularly to the New York Times.
Kimberly Witherspoon is a literary agent at Inkwell Management.
Peter Meehan contributes regularly to the New York Times and to Life magazine. He helped bring the popular public television series How to Cook Everything: Bittman Takes on America¹s Chefs and Barbecue University with Steven Raichlen to the small screen and recently coauthored Brunch: 100 Recipes from Five Points Restaurant with chef Marc Meyer. He lives in New York City.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I happend to be a chef myself, my sister gave me this book as a gift and found it to be a wonderful book! Each chapter in the book has a chef telling their tales of their experience in the kitchen and how they felt for the first time of making mistakes. It shows me that everyone is entitled to falling but always some how rise back to the top. It was totally relatiable to me and maybe to you as well!
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How I Learned to Cook is a collection of 40 essays by well-known chefs and food writers, describing early pivotal incidents in their culinary careers. The title might be a bit misleading; the stories aren¿t generally about learning how to cook, but rather ¿the biggest screw-up I ever had in the kitchen¿ and ¿how I learned to love food¿ and ¿how I realized ¿ perhaps against my will ¿ that cooking would become my profession.¿Of course, with so many contributors, the writing is uneven and there are some duds among the selections. But for the most part, the essays showcase the larger-than-life personalities of chefs and the weird culture of the world of professional cooking. Particular favorites included Rick Bayless¿ story about spending his family¿s weekly food budget on one rack of lamb as a teenager ¿ and his father didn¿t even like lamb; Anthony Bourdain decimating television cooking; and David Chang¿s story of an apprenticeship to a perfectionist soba noodle maker in Japan.
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