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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1ST edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580082963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082969
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARILYN LEWIS lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Marilyn is an amazing women and multi talented.
Dodo Gayle
There are poignant moments, understated and wise, that speak volumes to the reader.
ryan
What an incredible book this turned out to be!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Citizen Jarvis on March 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Anybody in the business world or on the inside track of Los Angeles life knows who Marilyn and Harry Lewis are; their building of the Hamburger Hamlet dynasty is legendary. What makes this truly fascinating book come to life though, is the "true Marilyn" who jumps from the page. With many autobios, you can read it cover to cover and not know a whit more about the real person behind that public visage when you're done.
Not here. There's a lot more served up than some famous recipes and a few anecdotes; Lewis manages to capture the Zeitgeist of the time in which she and Harry lived and loved; a period of Show Business and Big Business colliding an L.A. full of fashion and film and some sad realities along the way.
I'd love to give details but I'm not blowing any surprises. Suffice to say the book is a surprise a mix of personal and public life, and every darn thing that happens when you're a woman with boundless talent and the energy of a high school sprinter. For instance, did you know that under a completely different name,in a completely different world, Marilyn Lewis was also famous for something that had nothing to do with her culinary crown? Double-famous in two different worlds: that's not luck. This is an extraordinary woman.
Marilyn Lewis's own peronal story is downright fascinating; from such humble beginnings she became the Grande Dame of Los Angeles's love for food, fashion, and passion. You can't put Lewis in a box.....her proven "wins" in evrything from film to filet mignon come with a story, a real story, about a real woman who was ahead of her time and made a lot of people plain catch up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ryan on March 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
MARILYN ARE YOU SURE YOU CAN COOK? HE ASKED
Every once in a while one comes across a book that's truly inspirational, and this one says it all. Marilyn Lewis takes you by the hand and thrusts you into the world of entertainment, excitement, movie stars, recipes, design, and family, all the while introducing us to her own style of prose. There are poignant moments, understated and wise, that speak volumes to the reader. This was not an easy road, and it was told honestly and with a rare sense of innocence, savvy and humor.We are given a personal tour of the thoughts and feelings of a true entrepreneur, and we learn that anyone wanting to achieve a modicum of success must take risks.I think that everyone SECRETLY wants to run a restaurant, and Marilyn shows us how to pull it off. And if that's not all...she makes a movie! Kidnapped? Yes! Disappointed? Many times! Survivor? You bet! This is not just a woman's story, but a benchmark for anyone who has a dream--and seeks the blueprints for success. A MUST READ! Take a much deserved bow, Ms. Lewis!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin B. Berman on November 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
There's no reason to think a woman can't be the stereotypical cuddly, seductive female and a cutting edge feminist at the same time. Pick up a copy of Marilyn Lewis' autobiography "Marilyn, Are You Sue You Can Cook? he asked". You'll find her thoroughly capable of matching wits with the smartest CEO, achieve success in just about any undertaking and never lose that Je ne sais quoi that makes men want to really get to know the fascinating female who just crossed their path. It's an easy read and tells engaging anecdotes about show people, as well as others who are rich, famous and powerful. In addition, the reader learns how this gifted entrepreneur turned $3500 worth of hamburgers into $33 Million, became couturier to White House first ladies, was a college professor and successfully produced movies. It's a must for women who are proud of the achievements of one of their own and men who still daydream about that all-American girl.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wesley J. Smith on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This interesting memoir of a rags to self-made riches story not only tells a compelling tale but comes with a very pleasant surprise: Marilyn Lewis can not only cook and created designer clothing--she can write! Her style is uniquely her own-sparse yet colorfully descriptive, emotional without sinking into self pity, strong yet never harsh. Thank goodness Lewis did not fall prey to the temptation to hire a ghost writer. What a waste that would have been. As a result the reader is treated to her unique and inspiring story, made all the more enjoyable by a writing style that never ceases to entertain. Bravo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc Goldstein on April 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Marilyn Lewis has written a very compelling, entertaining and personal book which chronicles the entrepeneurial successes of this exciting pair. This is not only fun reading, but it contains some of the best recipes around, which were kept closely guarded secrets at the Hamburger Hamlet chain for years. You should buy at least two of these books, one to keep and one to give to someone. I loved it and couldn't put it down. I finished it the day I purchased it.
July 30, 2003
I still love the book two years later! I have purchased many additional copies for my friends. As someone who grew up in the LA/Beverly Hills area, the Hamburger Hamlet was very much a part of my life. What an incredible book this turned out to be!! I recommend it very highly!!!!
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