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The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip Through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe

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ISBN13: 9780393060591
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In the blink of an eye, Bob Spitz turned fifty, finished an eight-year book project and a fourteen-year marriage that left him nearly destitute, had his heart stolen and broken on the rebound, and sought salvation the only way he knew how. He fled to Europe, where he hopscotched among the finest cooking schools in pursuit of his dream. The urge to cook like a virtuoso, to unravel the mysteries of the process, had become an obsession.Spitz hit the fabled cooking-school circuit in a series of idyllic European villages, and is a chronicle of his exploits. Combining an outrageous travelogue with gastronomic lore, hands-on cooking instruction, hot-tempered chefs, local personalities, and a batch of memorable recipes, Spitz's odyssey recounts the transformation of a professional writer--and lifelong kitchen amateur--into a world-class cook.

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"When Spitz (The Beatles) finds himself at a convergence of personal and professional crossroads, he finally decides to take a long anticipated trip to Europe to learn to cook, with an itinerary of placements across France and Italy that he hopes will bring a sense of soul into an earnest but uneducated attraction to braises and sauts. The trip begins with Spitz as the first and only trial client of the Robert Ash Cookery School in southern Burgundy, an experience that proves positive. With a souffl, he saves the honor of the stern taskmistress at one school and he perfects his quenelles at another in Cannes. Although Spitz pins his culinary adventure to a personal story arc involving his on-again-off-again relationship with a woman in New York, this mixed grill of a book isn't quite as entertaining as it might have been. The author works hard at being earnest and honest about his personal shortcomings as well as his culinary misadventures, but one frequently gets the sense that he was more focused on cooking than life experience. With recipes and b&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The education of a barbarian in the temples of haute cuisine.

About the Author

Bob Spitz is the author of The Beatles, a New York Times bestseller. His articles appear regularly in almost every important magazine and newspaper. He lives in Darien, Connecticut.

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i8pixistix, September 28, 2009 (view all comments by i8pixistix)
Funny and exceedingly descriptive. At times the author comes across with varying degrees of self-pity and snobbery but is mostly exuberant and eager to convey his cooking adventures through France and Italy. It's like you're right there with him on his journey of culinary and self-discovery. If you don't own the book, are a novice or amateur cook - some of the recipes are defintely worthy of photocopying.
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Funny and exceedingly descriptive. At times the author comes across with varying degrees of self-pity and snobbery but is mostly exuberant and eager to convey his cooking adventures through France and Italy. It's like you're right there with him on his journey of culinary and self-discovery. If you don't own the book - some of the recipes are worthy of photocopying.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393060591
Author:
Spitz, Bob
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Gastronomy
Subject:
Cookery, european
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 x 1.2 in 1.3 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Spitz (The Beatles) finds himself at a convergence of personal and professional crossroads, he finally decides to take a long anticipated trip to Europe to learn to cook, with an itinerary of placements across France and Italy that he hopes will bring a sense of soul into an earnest but uneducated attraction to braises and sauts. The trip begins with Spitz as the first and only trial client of the Robert Ash Cookery School in southern Burgundy, an experience that proves positive. With a souffl, he saves the honor of the stern taskmistress at one school and he perfects his quenelles at another in Cannes. Although Spitz pins his culinary adventure to a personal story arc involving his on-again-off-again relationship with a woman in New York, this mixed grill of a book isn't quite as entertaining as it might have been. The author works hard at being earnest and honest about his personal shortcomings as well as his culinary misadventures, but one frequently gets the sense that he was more focused on cooking than life experience. With recipes and b&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The education of a barbarian in the temples of haute cuisine.
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