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The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

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Publisher Comments:

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 Award-winning superstar who taught millions of Americans how to cook and shaped the nation's tastes in the bargain. As a homesick boy in war-ravaged France, Jacques works on a farm in exchange for food, dodging bombs and bearing witness as German soldiers capture his father, a fighter in the Resistance. After the war he is caught up in the hurly-burly action of his mother's café, where he proves a natural. He endures a literal trial by fire and works his way up the ladder in France's most famous restaurant, finally becoming Charles de Gaulle's personal chef.

When Jacques comes to America, he falls in with a small group of as-yet-unknown food lovers, including Craig Claiborne, James Beard, and Julia Child. A master of the American art of reinvention, he goes on to earn a graduate degree from Columbia University, turn down a job as John F. Kennedy's chef to work at Howard Johnson's, and, after a near-fatal car accident, switch careers to become a charismatic leader in the revolution that changed the way Americans approached food.

Also included in this book are Jacques's all-time favorite recipes created during the course of a career spanning nearly half a century, from his mother's utterly simple cheese soufflé to his wife's pork ribs and red beans.

The Apprentice is the poignant and sometimes funny tale of a boy's coming of age. It is also the story of America's culinary awakening and the transformation of food from an afterthought to a national preoccupation.

Review:

"In simple, light, unpretentious prose, chef and cooking teacher extraordinaire Pepin recounts his life in food and cooking." Mark Knoblauch, Booklist

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"This charming memoir will not disappoint." Publishers Weekly

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"Prose as joyful and rich as the author's food." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Lest any reader think this is another saga of sex and drugs in the kitchen, it definitely is not. Instead, it's the story of just what it takes to turn a talented young Frenchman into one of the most admired figures in the culinary world." Judith Weinraub, The Washington Post

Review:

"[Pepin] made his way late to the written word, having been a chef before he was a scholar, and a teacher and a restaurateur before he published. But first — the good luck is ours — he was a hungry child, in a country in which food was religion, and in which history imprinted itself culinarily." Stacy Shiff, The New York Times

Review:

"As lively and personable as Pepin himself." Alison Arnett, The Boston Globe

Review:

"Part of Pepin's appeal is that he is not a man who does things by the book. This may also explain why — when just about every other food personality has already cranked out a kitchen memoir or two — Pepin, the author of 21 cookbooks, waited until now to tell one of the liveliest stories of them all." Eve Zibart, Time Out New York

Synopsis:

In this frank and witty memoir, world-renowned chef Ppin tells how he rose from a frightened 13-year-old apprentice in an Old World kitchen to an Emmy AwardPwinning TV superstar who continues to teach millions of Americans how to cook. Unabridged.

About the Author

Jacques Pépin is author of twenty-one cookbooks, including Jacques Pépin?s Table and Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. He has starred in thirteen PBS programs in the past twenty years. He has received many awards for his work, including James Beard Awards, IACP Cookbook Awards, and an Emmy. He was inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in 1996.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618331697
Read:
Chevalier, Michel
Introduction:
Pepin, Jacques
Read by:
Chevalier, Michel
Read:
Chevalier, Michel
Introduction by:
Pepin, Jacques
Introduction:
Pepin, Jacques
Author:
Pepin, Jacques
Author:
Chevalier, Michel
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
Talking book collection.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Cooking
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Analog Audio Cassette
Series Volume:
1588
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
AUDIO CASSETTE
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
6 sound cassettes (10 hrs
Dimensions:
7.46x4.44x2.53 in. .68 lbs.
Media Run Time:
600

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Product details 6 sound cassettes (10 hrs pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618331697 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In simple, light, unpretentious prose, chef and cooking teacher extraordinaire Pepin recounts his life in food and cooking."
"Review" by , "This charming memoir will not disappoint."
"Review" by , "Prose as joyful and rich as the author's food."
"Review" by , "Lest any reader think this is another saga of sex and drugs in the kitchen, it definitely is not. Instead, it's the story of just what it takes to turn a talented young Frenchman into one of the most admired figures in the culinary world."
"Review" by , "[Pepin] made his way late to the written word, having been a chef before he was a scholar, and a teacher and a restaurateur before he published. But first — the good luck is ours — he was a hungry child, in a country in which food was religion, and in which history imprinted itself culinarily."
"Review" by , "As lively and personable as Pepin himself."
"Review" by , "Part of Pepin's appeal is that he is not a man who does things by the book. This may also explain why — when just about every other food personality has already cranked out a kitchen memoir or two — Pepin, the author of 21 cookbooks, waited until now to tell one of the liveliest stories of them all."
"Synopsis" by , In this frank and witty memoir, world-renowned chef Ppin tells how he rose from a frightened 13-year-old apprentice in an Old World kitchen to an Emmy AwardPwinning TV superstar who continues to teach millions of Americans how to cook. Unabridged.
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