The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen Author Jacques Pépin
ISBN-10 0544657497
ISBN-13 9780544657496
Year 2015-12-08
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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In this captivating memoir the man whom Julia Child has called the best chef in America tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Awardwinning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nations tastes in the bargain We see young Jacques as a homesick six year old boy in war ravaged France working on a farm in exchange for food dodging bombs and bearing witness as German soldiers capture his father a fighter in the Resistance Soon Jacques is caught up in the hurly burly action of his mother s caf where he proves a natural He endures a literal trial by fire and works his way up the ladder in the feudal system of Frances most famous restaurant finally becoming Charles de Gaulles personal chef watching the world being refashioned from the other side of the kitchen door When he comes to America Jacques immediately falls in with a small group of as yet unknown food lovers including Craig Claiborne James Beard and Julia Child whose adventures redefine American food Through it all Jacques proves himself to be a master of the American art of reinvention earning a graduate degree from Columbia University turning down a job as John F Kennedys chef to work at Howard Johnsons and after a near fatal car accident switching careers once again to become a charismatic leader in the revolution that changed the way Americans approached food Included as well are forty all time favorite recipes created during the course of a career spanning nearly half a century from his mothers utterly simple cheese souffl to his wifes pork ribs and red beans The Apprentice is the poignant and sometimes funny tale of a boys coming of age Beyond that it is the story of Americas culinary awakening and the transformation of food from an afterthought to a national preoccupation

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