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Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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“Cat's story is not only a riveting tale of adoption and anamazing read about a chef coming into her own. It's also delicious, sticky, andsweet—the kind of story that makes you want to go back for seconds.” (Marcus Samuelsson, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Yes, Chef")
“Cooking as Fast as I Can is honest, ballsy,relatable, and inspiring. And it’s a fun read. I’d expect nothingless from Cat.” (Gabrielle Reece, "New York Times" bestselling author of "My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper" and "Big Girl in the Middle")
"Cat Cora's intimate memoir chronicles the surprising story of how she became one of the most accomplished and recognizable female chefs in the world. Her story teems with valuable life lessons and more than a few wild adventures, both in and out of the kitchen. A testament to Cora’s unwavering positivity, work ethic, and inner strength, Cooking as Fast as I Can is juicy, raw, and satisfying to the very last bite.” (Gail Simmons, food expert, TV host and author of "Talking With My Mouth Full")
“Cooking as Fast as I Can shows us the grit and perseverance it takes to succeed, not only in the food industry but in all aspects of life. No one achieves success without overcoming heartbreaking obstacles, and we get to learn how Cat Cora overcame all of hers with tenacity and optimism, in her compelling,page-turning, mouthwatering memoir.” (Regina Calcaterra, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Etched in Sand")
"Cooking as Fast as I Can is an inspiration—a wake-up call to those who believe that the professional kitchen is a man's domain. Cooking, like life, is not about sex, stature, age or orientation. It's about working hard, which Cat Cora has done since the beginning." (Michael Gibney, author of "Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line")
"From the family kitchens of her Southern childhood to the world-renowned restaurants where she cut her teeth, Cat Cora shows us how, through chutzpah and drive, she became one of the most recognizable chefs in the country. Cooking as Fast as I Can is a fascinating and frank memoir about the grit it takes to succeed in the culinary world." (Michael Ruhlman, author of "The Soul of a Chef," "Charcuterie," and "Ruhlman’s Twenty")
“Cooking as Fast as I Can is authentic and inspiring and written with a sometimes heart-wrenching transparency. It’s filled with important truths about the gift of cooking and the blessing of courage and the strength required to forgive.” (Kyra Phillips, author, anchor & correspondent, CNN, Documentary and Investigative Units)
"Witty and faced paced... Cora has led an exceptional life, but it is her absorbing voice and eye for sensory detail and description that make this memoir succeed... Whether cooking at the White House or getting a DUI, Cora spares no detail, no matter how unflattering, and she reveals herself as endearingly fallible and human." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sure to please fans of chef memoirs such as Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones and Butter." (Library Journal)
"A disarmingly candid look at the highs, lows, and true grit of a culinary star." (Kirkus Reviews)
“This window into Cora’s pre-Iron Chef life lets the reader follow her from Mississippi to New York to France and finally to California as she pursues her dream of becoming a head chef. Never shying from the ultrapersonal—she suffered childhood abuse and speaks openly about the difficulties of embracing her sexuality and raising four children—Cora presents her vulnerabilities in a way that humanizes her, despite the armor she’s built to survive her cutthroat career.” (ELLE, 2015 Readers' Prize Selection)
“Affecting….as warm and comforting as a home-cooked meal.” (People)
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Being a stay at home mom, I love reading new books. So I ordered her book and out of curiosity, I looked her up to see some of her stuff. A lot talked about her being Greek American and she had a thick, Southern accent, which I think made her even hotter. She came off as alpha and she had a certain swag that was hers. People don’t understand that you can be a good chef, but to be a TV CHEF, you have to have your own swag going. One of the interviews I saw she said something about how she always takes the time to take pics and signs autographs for people. I found that to be nice. To take the a few minutes to validate somebody’s feelings who buys your stuff and watched you from your early days, can make their day and cost nothing to you. Living in Calabasas, I run into famous people and pro athletes. My kid plays with some of their kids and some of them are ______.
Finally the book came and I killed the book in one day. Now was it the best memoir I have ever read? No, but there were a lot of good things. She openly admits her issues with alcohol and admits even though she has been to meetings, she still drinks. Even if it isn't the right choice, it is her choice.Read more ›
And it was that fact about her personal life that had me interested in her story.
Here Cora is candid and a bit brusque. Much like her persona I've seen as she cooks on television. Something I can find almost a bit off putting. She seems brash and a bit driven in terms of competing (as are most male chefs and male culinary personalities). But this works here in the written medium. She manages to balance sentiment with some rather pragmatic choices she made and in some cases I felt was forced to make.
I do wish that there was as much focus on her professional climb as matters that were personal and rooted in her emotional growth.
Overall I found her ability to convey some rather intimate moments in her life with a tone that was wry and nicely self-deprecating when needed. I'm not sure this is the culinary biography many might want, but it is a nice strong look at someone's life so far who happens to cook professionally as well as exemplifies a segment of society that, while finding a more accepting place in such, still has had to walk a finer line than most in getting there.
Thank you to Edelweiss for allowing me to review this book for an honest opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fame brings lots of challenges especially when earlier traumas have not been dealt with. I enjoyed looking behind what makes successful people work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Geraldine K Steinbrink
Very readable and enjoyable. Cat Cora is a great storyteller in this book and I found myself not being able to put it down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laura Wyness
I thought this was a book on CD cannot used what was sent waste of moneyPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I knew of her when iron chef was in the first few seasons. Seeing her over the years and seeing her restaurant @ SFO was exciting. So after seeing she had a book I didn't hesitate. Read morePublished 6 months ago by silvia reitter
Cat Cora's memoir is at times touching, horrifying, and occasionally comical. I especially enjoyed the frankness with which she spoke about her adoption and search for her birth... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rolling Fork