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Out of the Frying Pan: A Chef's Memoir of Hot Kitchens, Single Motherhood, and the Family Meal Hardcover – October 16, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312366930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312366933
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At 32, Clark abandoned a career in marketing to enroll in culinary school and fulfill her dream of becoming a chef. A divorce from her alcoholic husband followed, and Clark, chopping carrots for minimum wage, was left to raise their two young daughters on her own. Repeatedly comparing being a chef to motherhood, she describes all of the young cooks she helped to train as her children. Reflecting Clark's ongoing struggle to balance work and family, the book's 40-plus recipes include her eldest daughter's Favorite Cornflake-Coated Pork Chops and the Pink Medicine Placebo administered to her youngest after a greasy Braised Cube Steak caused her to slip off the monkey bars. Clark's enthusiasm for drawing people to the table is engaging, but she prefers to make excuses for her high job turnover, including several firings. In 2000, she invested her savings in her own restaurant in Washington, D.C., in a neighborhood where cloth napkins stood out more than vagrants. After a rocky start, Colorado Kitchen now often has a line around the block, and Clark thrives on being her own boss. The emphasis on family adds a personal dimension to this memoir about both comfort food and commitment to success. (Oct.)
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“Clark’s enthusiasm for drawing people to the table is engaging. Colorado Kitchen now often has a line around the block, and Clark thrives on being her own boss. The emphasis on family adds a personal dimension to this memoir about both comfort food and commitment to success.”--Publishers Weekly

Gillian Clark is a nationally known chef who runs the popular Washington, D.C., restaurant Colorado Kitchen. She is a commentator for NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered and has been featured on the Food Network as well as in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

"A refreshing mix of the elevated world of haute cuisine and the down-to-earth perspective of a working mother." --Booklist

"FRYING PAN is an easy, inspirational read." --Washington Post


More About the Author

Chef Gillian Clark has built a strong national reputation as a no nonsense interpreter of classic American cuisine. After working for almost 11 years in publishing and communications, Gillian answered a life-long calling to cooking. She graduated from L'Academie de Cuisine in 1995. As chef at many of the areas top restaurants--Evening Star, Mrs. Simpson's, Broad Street Grille, Breadline--she has become a culinary talent who has captured the attention of food lovers and critics nationwide. She opened her own restaurant, Colorado Kitchen in 2001 and proved that people will travel to a tiny, out of the way spot for incredible food and a restaurant where American cuisine is alive and well. The little restaurant with a huge following has been featured on The Food Network, local and national media, including the New York Times. The General Store and Post Office Tavern is Gillian's seventh restaurant opening--her second as Chef and Owner. This time Gillian's focus is on America road food. The General Store features comfort food for the traveler. Except on Sunday's where Gillian entertains diners with her Sunday Dinner flights of fancy--Lobster Newburg, Veal Scallopini--classic, sit-down meals. Gillian shares her philosophy on food, culture, and society with listeners of National Public Radio in her regular commentaries on NPR's Weekend Edition. She is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and a published author. Out of the Frying Pan--a memoir and cookbook is published by Thomas Dunne Press. Gillian is currently working on a second food memoir, Not Done, Not Done, Not Done--Burnt.

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I love it and will use it for many years to come.
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I found this book in a clearance bin at a discount store.
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Anyone who loves to cook would enjoy reading this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Powers on July 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved the book and the insights which Gillian shares about life, parenting and her career as a chef. I lived in a neighborhood like Brightwood where Colorado Kitchen is located. Kudos for Gillian for her sheer determination and willingness to provide the real DC with a sit down restaurant. I've copied several recipes and am eager to try them. I no longer live in DC but when I return I will venture to Colorado Kitchen for a real treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Dunn VINE VOICE on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having been someone who has always loved to cook and dreamed of being a cook, this book was one I could relate to. Gillian tells the tale of how she changed her life. A very inspiring story for any woman in any field. The recipes are a great addition to this memoir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tachi1 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2014
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I saw Gillian Clark on a Bobby Flay showdown having to do with fried chicken and was charmed and impressed with both her and her recipes, so it was a pleasure to read her story and get to know her better. I just wish she had given more recipes so that the book would be 1/2 and 1/2. I've made her fried chicken and it's to die for!
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Great fried chicken recipe in this cookbook. I love it and will use it for many years to come. It is very well done!!!
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By The Dinner Diva on November 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book in a clearance bin at a discount store. I saw it had recipes in it and because I love to cook, I bought it. I must say this was an excellent read and I have kept the book because I wanted to try the recipes. I was inspired by Jillian's sheer determination and her dedication to becoming a chef. Kudo's to her - I wish more folks had her determination and stick to it philosophy. It was, in my opinion, worth reading.
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