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Chef's Memoirs

    32 Yoks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line

    32 Yoks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line - Eric Ripert

    The chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin shares how the events from his childhood prompted him to learn to cook and find happiness as he was finally able to share his lifelong love of food with other people.
    Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef - Gabrielle Hamilton

    The chef of New York's East Village Prune restaurant presents an unflinching account of her search for meaning and purpose in the food-central rural New Jersey home of her youth, marked by a first chicken kill, an international backpacking tour and the opening of a first restaurant.
    Cooking As Fast As I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness

    Cooking As Fast As I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness - Cat Cora

    The first woman Iron Chef presents an unstinting memoir of Southern life, her Greek heritage, her same-sex married life and the coming-of-age experiences that have shaped her culinary ambitions.
    Fresh Off the Boat

    Fresh Off the Boat - Eddie Huang

    A Taiwanese-American rebel restaurateur chronicles his rise to success from his difficult childhood in the American South to his decision to embrace all he had learned about food in his father's restaurants and his mother's kitchen to create his own culinary identity.
    Nine Lives: A Chef's Journey from Chaos to Control

    Nine Lives: A Chef's Journey from Chaos to Control - Brandon Baltzley

    A rising young chef traces his childhood in prestigious kitchens and his early adult efforts to achieve culinary goals while overcoming addiction, recounting his work in Michelin-starred restaurants, his cross-country tours in a heavy metal band and his decision to turn down a prestigious position as the opening chef at Chicago's Tribute to enter rehab.
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