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Tedious and way too much "personal I"
on January 4, 2013
I have only read 3 chapters at this point, however thus far this book is a real disappointment. As a chef, I was hoping for some in-depth analysis into my world but between the exhaustive footnotes and the author's constant opinion on every little thing (down to where to get the best macaroons), I still can't get through it. It's insulting when the writer is writing about women in the kitchen but then proceeds to make all the same mistakes and assumptions about women in the kitchen. I don't need to read that sort of book; I live it. What female chefs need is a female chef writing about their experiences, not a food writer that spends pages upon pages on herself. The book feels very self-deserving. The reader doesn't need to read for pages about how you would work in a kitchen but physically can't. We don't care. This is not your story, but at every turn you have found a way to make it about yourself.....down to pages about a previous incident with a pastry chef, where you still try to get your point across about the "disagreement" you had. That whole section felt like a 16 year old girl that wouldn't let go of a fight with her boyfriend. Who cares? I am not reading this book to hear about all your wonderful eating experiences in Paris, or to "oh and ah" at your list of chef connections. I want to feel closer to the women that do what I do everyday. Honestly, I can't believe the editors even let in most of the personal footnotes. They only tire and piss off the reader. I don't even have the energy to go into all the quotes....ridiculous is all I can say.