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Don't Try This at Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World's Greatest Chefsby Kimberly Witherspoon and Andrew Friedman
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A hilarious and heartening collection of kitchen disasters. In this raucous new anthology, thirty of the world's greatest chefs relate outrageous true tales from their kitchens. From hiring a blind line cook to butting heads with a crazed chef to witnessing security guards attacking hungry customers, these behind-the-scenes accounts are as wildly entertaining as they are revealing. A delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren't always perfect, Don't Try This at Home is a must-have for anyone who loves food — or the men and women who masterfully prepare it.
Featuring: José Andrés, Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Daniel Bouloud, Anthony Bourdain, Jimmy Bradley, Terrance Brennan, Scott Bryan, Tamasin Day-Lewis, Wylie Dufresne, Gabrielle Hamilton, Fergus Henderson, Michael Lomonaco, Pino Luongo, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, and more!
"Food is fast becoming entertainment, so it's only natural that it should follow in the footsteps of sports and show business and offer up a collection of bloopers. Literary agent Witherspoon and food writer Friedman corralled 40 gastronomic heavyweights to share their versions of dinners gone wrong. The highlight is, unsurprisingly, the piece by chef and bestselling author Anthony Bourdain. His 'New Year's Meltdown' is a case study in what happens when you don't plan (Bourdain admits, 'Nobody likes a 'learning experience' — translating as it does to 'a total ass-fucking' — but I learned'). Mario Batali's 'The Last Straw,' though not relating a culinary catastrophe per se, is runnerup: Batali was in culinary school when he clashed with a chef; in a spectacular crescendo, the chef hurled a pan of risotto at the young student, but revenge was sweet. But for every fantastic screwup, there's a dud. The translated pieces (such as the one by Spanish titan Ferrán Adrià) fail to captivate, and others, like Jimmy Bradley's tale about how he got drunk on the job to spite his boss, are neither entertaining nor instructive. Still, this collection happily reminds us that even big shots have off days." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A fantastic collection of personal stories that depict these great chefs as real people. Readers are certain to learn valuable culinary lessons from chefs' mistakes and their various and creatively solved dilemmas. This book is sure to be enjoyed by culinary fans across the board." Library Journal
"Anthony Bourdain, ever dependable, delivers the goods with a satisfyingly apocalyptic story about a disastrous New Year's Eve. Lots of fun for foodies both ardent and casual." Kirkus Reviews
"As in every other profession, chefs love their war stories. Finally someone had the good sense to collect some of the best." Los Angeles Times
<div><b><div><b>DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME</b><br><b>Culinary Catastrophes from the World’s Greatest Chefs</b><br><br>A hilarious and heartening collection of kitchen disasters.<br><br>In this raucous new collection, over forty of the world’s greatest chefs relate outrageous true tales from their kitchens. From hiring a blind line cook to flooding the room with meringue to being terrorized by a French owl, these behind-the-scenes accounts are as wildly entertaining as they are revealing. A delicious reminder that even the chefs we most admire aren’t always perfect, <i>Don't Try This at Home</i> is a must-have for anyone who loves food or is fascinated by those who masterfully prepare it.<br><br>Ferrán Adrià on when lobsters go bad<br>José Andrés on asking for help <br>Dan Barber on talking to your fish<br>Mario Batali on the perfect risotto<br>Michelle Bernstein on the many uses of chocolate<br>Heston Blumenthal on the angriest maître d’ in England <br>Daniel Boulud on one thousand bowls of soup <br>Anthony Bourdain on beating up the customers<br>Jimmy Bradley on drinking games<br>Scott Bryan on too many salamanders <br>David Burke on hiding the laundry <br>Samuel Clark on cooking for royalty <br>Tom Colicchio on sneaking through customs<br>Scott Conant on the persistence of eels<br>Tamasin Day-Lewis on how not to store a pheasant<br>Tom Douglas on the strange destiny of snowstorms<br>Wylie Dufresne on birdsof prey<br>Jonathan Eismann on the healing powers of electricity <br>Claudia Fleming on runaway meringue <br>Gabrielle Hamilton on second sight<br>Fergus Henderson on the far from ordinary<br>Paul Kahan on caller ID<br>Hubert Keller on tempting fate<br>Giorgio Locatelli on the art of the French ambush<br>Michael Lomonaco on feeding Pavarotti <br>Pino Luongo on summer school in the Hamptons<br>Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger on getting away with it <br>Sara Moulton on how to destroy a food processor <br>Tamara Murphy on the misuses of foie gras <br>Cindy Pawlcyn on eating at home<br>Neil Perry on unexpected showers<br>Michel Richard on how to rescue a wayward cake <br>Eric Ripert on getting to the kitchen<br>Alain Sailhac on salty coffee and solitary confinement<br>Marcus Samuelsson on the languages of gelatin <br>Bill Telepan on the Fish Guys versus the Meat Guys<br>Laurent Tourondel on rib-eye rush hour <br>Tom Valenti on the grounds for revenge<br>Norman Van Aken on Key West hi-jinks<br>Geoffrey Zakarian on a license to eat dangerously <br><br></div></b></div>
In this raucous new anthology, 30 of the worlds greatest chefs relate outrageous true tales from their kitchens. From hiring a blind line cook to witnessing security guards attacking hungry customers, these accounts are wildly entertaining and revealing.
About the Author
Kimberly Witherspoon is a partner at Inkwell Management, a literary agency based in Manhattan. She is very proud to represent four of the chefs in this anthology: Anthony Bourdain, Tamasin Day-Lewis, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Fergus Henderson. She and her family live in North Salem, New York.
Andrew Friedman is a writer who specializes in all things culinary, with a focus on chef and restaurant culture. In addition to his own work, he has coauthored more than a dozen cookbooks with some of the most successful chefs and restaurateurs in the country, including Michael Lomonaco, Pino Luongo, Alfred Portale, Bill Telepan, and Tom Valenti. He lives in New York City with his family.
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