The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen by Michael Ruhlman

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  • ISBN 10 067003763X
  • ISBN 13 9780670037636
  • Published Apr 18 2006
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Viking (Penguin Group)

Publishers Text

Michael Ruhlman has enjoyed a long love affair with cooking and food. His previous explorations of kitchens and the men and women who call them home led Anthony Bourdain to call him the greatest living writer on the subject of chefs--an on the business of preparing food. But even his vast experience couldn't have prepared him for the profound shift that has occurred in the chef's place in society.

Beginning at Per Se, the newest and most expensive of Manhattan's four-star restaurants, Ruhlman takes readers into some of America's most illustrious--and most frenetic--kitchens. Throughout his travels, he seeks out new trends and phenomena, like Las Vegas's recent elevation to the country Food Gomorrah, and returns to previous haunts to see what's changed, A dispatch from a new world where chefs are celebrities and culinary school classes are burgeoning, The Reach of a Chef looks at the state of professional cooking in the post-Child, Food Network era. In the end, readers get an in-the-trenches look at professionals whose very life's work is to feed us in order to feed themselves--a role that's not likely to change.

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