The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen (Paperback)

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A wise and charming memoir from a man who quickly ascended the ranks of American cooks to become, according to Julia Child, "the best chef in America"

With sparkling wit, occasional humility, and a delightfully curated ...

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Jacques Pepin is the author of twenty-one cookbooks, including the best-selling The Apprentice and the award-winning Jacques Pepin Celebrates and Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home (with Julia Child). He has appeared regularly on PBS programs for more than a decade, hosting over three hundred cooking shows. A contributing editor for Food & Wine, he is the dean of special programs at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Before coming to the United States, he served as personal chef to three French heads of state.

A wise and charming memoir from a man who quickly ascended the ranks of American cooks to become, according to Julia Child, "the best chef in America"

With sparkling wit, occasional humility, and a delightfully curated selection of recipes, Jacques Pepin tells the captivating story of his rise from a terrified thirteen-year-old toiling in an Old World French kitchen to an American superstar—he was one of the earliest pioneers of culinary television—who changed American tastes with his culinary wizardry and ad-libbed charm.The Apprentice begins in prewar France, with young Jacques cutting his teeth in his mother’s small restaurants. When he moves to Paris, we see tantalizing glimpses of Sartre and Genet, and in his role as Charles de Gaulle’s personal chef, Jacques witnesses history from a remarkable vantage point behind the swinging kitchen door. In America, he rejects an offer to be chef in the Kennedy White House, choosing instead to work at Howard Johnson’s, and then joins forces with fellow food lovers Julia Child, James Beard, and Craig Claiborne to make some history of his own. In the words of Anthony Bourdain, it's an instant classic.

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ISBN 9780618444113
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Culinary
Format Paperback
Pages 336
Publisher Date 2004-05-07 00:00:00.0
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright Year 2003
Height 8.0 in
Wdth 5.25 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.8 lb
Language English
Subtitle My Life in the Kitchen
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Pepin, Jacques

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  • Very Good Biography

    I bought this as a gift for my brother who is a trained chef. He enjoyed it very much - it's a good (auto)biography of an excellent chef and his interesting journey.

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