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Ever wonder what goes on in a busy kitchen, why your meal comes late or shows up poorly cooked? The temptation is to blame the waiter, but there are a world of cooks behind those swinging doors, and Ruhlman marches you right into it. It's a world where, when everything is going right, time halts and consciousness expands. And when a few things go wrong, the earth begins to wobble on its axis. Ruhlamn has the writerly skills to make the education of a chef a visceral experience. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is also an absolute must read for anyone interested in actually attending CIA or an equivalent cooking school.
Though, like many, my dream to be able to go to a school like this will probably not happen, being able to read this book made me feel like I was there.
Michael Ruhlman truly takes us into the heart of the CIA to experience the hard work and dedication of their students!
Ruhlman is an excellent author who truly makes you understand the kind of drive and passion needed to become a truly great chef. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael T. Lawson
This is the book that started me on the way to becoming a chef. This hard copy was a gift to a friend embarking on the journey.Published 1 month ago by TXChef
Masterful, almost a documentary, Ruhlman makes the reader feel like they are with him at the Culinary Institute, widening our understanding of the profession and what it takes to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alton Harewood
An interesting insider's look at the CIA. I'm not a cook by craft but enjoyed learning the lingo and protocols. My respect for chefs has increased ten fold!Published 3 months ago by Holly E. Wirth
I can't say what it is about Ruhlman's writing that I like so much, but he just pulls me in. This story had be turning pages from front to back, almost without stopping. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel Rimmelzwaan
I bought this book to compare Ruhlman's experiences in the CIA with my own in a similar institution in Argentina. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emilio Desimoni
Knowing a graduate and visiting teacher of the American Culinary Institute ["ACI"], Ruhlman's description of the curricula and his experience there gives the reader a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MacadamiaMac
This was given me as a gift because I am somewhat of a foodie. The story of an author who asked a friend if he could attend a class at CIA so that he could write and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by kk