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DECEMBER 28, 2011
Celebrity Chefs

In the last few years many chefs have achieved the kind of celebrity usually reserved for movie stars or royalty.  Shows like Top Chef and the Food Network have greatly increased the average person’s exposure to innovative cooking techniques, as well as the antics of the now famous (and maybe rich) of the cooking world.  So, if all this has whetted your whistle, here are some titles to give you a sneak peek into the lives of chefdom’s elite.

Blood, Bones & Butter:  The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
Gabrielle Hamilton’s journey from her rural beginnings in Pennsylvania to her James Beard Foundation Best Chef in NYC Award in 2011 and her restaurant, Prune, was a long and winding one.  What she always knew was that food was an integral part of her life and she discovered the way to make that life work for her.

Chef’s Story:  27 Chefs Talk About What Got Them Into the Kitchen edited by Dorothy Hamilton and Patrick Kuh
Hear from 27 stars in the restaurant world what inspires and motivates them in the kitchen.

Kitchen Confidential:  Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
The cooking world’s original bad boy chef, Anthony Bourdain, shocks and entertains in this candid look at his 25 years in the business. 

My Life in France by Julia Child, with Alex Prud’homme
The original cooking star delights with the story of her years living in France with her husband, Paul.  The background on the struggle to get “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” published forms part of the book and is an interesting counterpoint to the more personal details of their lives.

Paula Deen:  It Ain’t All About the Cookin’ by Paula Deen, with Sherry Suib Cohen
Spend some time with America’s favorite Southern cook in this charming memoir.  Paula Deen’s gracious, humorous voice shines even when she relates stories of the tough times in her life.



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