Publisher: Viking Adult
Language: English | Number of Pages: 352 | Format: Hardcover
Isbn-10: 067003763X | Isbn-13: 9780670037636 | Publish date: 18/05/2006
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Michael Ruhlman has enjoyed a long love affair with cooking and food. His explorations of kitchens and the professionals who call them home led Anthony Bourdain to call him "the greatest living writer on the subject of chefsand on the business of preparing food." But even his vast experience couldnt have prepared him for the profound shift that has occurred in the chefs place in society.
Beginning at Per Se, the newest and most expensive of Manhattans four-star restaurants, Ruhlman takes readers into some of Americas most illustriousand most innovativekitchens. Throughout his travels, he seeks new trends and phenomena, like Las Vegass recent elevation to the countrys food Gomorrah with the addition of Picasso and Aureole to the Strips already formidable selection, and returns to legendary haunts like The French Laundry, Le Bernardin, and Café Gray to see whats 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, an audience who loves to talk about, read about, and dine in the finest restaurants in America gets an in-the-trenches look at the professionals whose very lifes work is to feed us.