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Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen


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Cooking Dirty is a rollicking account of life “on the line” in the neighborhood restaurants—far from culinary school, cable TV, and the Michelin Guide—where most of us eat out when we eat out. It takes the kitchen memoir to a rough and reckless place.

From his first job scraping trays at a pizzeria at age fifteen, Jason Sheehan had the full range of kitchen experiences: in a French colonial bistro and an all-night diner; a crab shack just off the interstate and a fusion restaurant in a former hair salon. Restaurant work, as he describes it in exuberant, sparkling prose, is “the last true American meritocracy. No one cares about your past or what you do on the outside. Can you cook? Thats all anyone cares about.” The kitchen crew is a fraternity with its own rites: sneaking cigarettes in the walk-in freezer, having sex in the basement, surviving the wartime urgency of the dinner rush. Cooking is a series of personal challenges, from the first perfectly done mussel to the satisfaction of surgically sliced foie gras. And the kitchen itself, as Sheehan tells it, is a place in which lifes mysteries are thawed, sliced, broiled, barbecued, and fried—a place where people from the margins find their community and their calling.

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Jason Sheehan the food writer for Westword, won a James Beard Award in 2003. His essay “Theres No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue” was reprinted in This I Believe. His work has appeared in Best American Food Writing five times.

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Katy B, August 11, 2010 (view all comments by Katy B)
What a hoot of a read! Anyone who is thinking of working in a restaurant, owning a restaurant, even eating in a restaurant should read this book!

It is an amazing collection of reminiscences from an author who has worked in over 30 different kitchens, from his start mopping floors to being a 'chef,' to running an entire hotel food service; from his great times to his burnouts. From the brawls in the kitchen, the burns, the drinking, the highs to the lows - he holds back very little. Some of it is fun, some of it is sad, much of it is very eyeopening, as well as funny and all of it reads true - even if it is altered to protect the 'guilty.' Just don't be offended by the language that is common in most any restaurant kitchen!
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A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen
Sheehan, Jason
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Personal Memoirs
Methods - Professional
Biography - General
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