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Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater Hardcover – February 21, 2012
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"In Talking with My Mouth Full, Gail Simmons takes us through her culinary voyage from her gentle upbringing in a food-obsessed family in Toronto to her present culinary star status. In a clear, firm, and concise style, she leads us through her journey from an apprentice and trainee at culinary school to Le Cirque to Vogue and Food & Wine magazine and, ultimately, to her leading role on food television. Her remembrances are a tasty, delightful treat to savor."―Jacques Pepin, author of Essential Pepin
"Gail's book impressively mixes memoir with recent culinary history, and has great recipes, too. Above all, she makes it abundantly clear that passion for food - and hard work - always wins out."―David Chang, Chef/Owner of Momofuku
"Gail Simmons is fearless, passionate and driven, yet she is humble, generous and stays true to the good values that she embraces. This book is inspiring for anyone who dreams about living their passion and finding fulfillment in their work. Talking with My Mouth Full is a joyful account of Gail's journey from her start as a line cook to her work at Food & Wine magazine and of course her role on Top Chef."―Eric Ripert, Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Le Bernardin
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Full disclosure: I am a confirmed Top Chef fanatic, and Gail is probably my favorite judge. She has the best shoes, at any rate (sorry Tom). My partner and I saw her give a cooking demo in Bryant Park before Christmas, and we both eagerly attended the aforementioned signing. So one could make the case that I am biased when it comes to Gail--was, in fact, inclined to enjoy Talking with My Mouth Full no matter what she wrote inside.
To that I would respond that I am not without my criticisms of this book. There's an awkward sentence here and there. She has an overwhelming tendency to list things--at one point spending at least a page and a half going through the ingredients and foods one could encounter at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic (which Gail oversaw for a time).
So she isn't, technically speaking, the best writer in the world, but she IS a fantastic storyteller, and that more than makes up for it in my opinion. Gail has a winning personality and it shines throughout her memoir. Yes, the listing offends the English major in me, but I can see that the reason she indulges in it is that she has such a genuine fondness for it all. Even after all these years working in the culinary industry she is still in awe of it all. Those ingredients and flavors at the F&W Classic make her feel positively giddy. This is a woman who LOVES her job and the industry she works in, and that love is so palpable that the reader can't help but fall under its spell.Read more ›
For reasons I can't fully explain I have absolutely adored her ever since I saw her on the show. Her demeanor, input, and general being captured me quickly (as a gay man, I may have fallen in love with her for her wonderful wardrobe as well). When I found out she had written a memoir, to say I was excited is a gross understatement. To say that I enjoyed reading this book would also be a gross understatement. Not only does her writing capture every story and trial along the way it inspires you to choose the path that she herself followed. The path to follow a dream and be true to yourself.
The book is certainly about food, but it is also about a life. A life that was paved by will and sure, a little bit of luck. I encourage everyone to read this telling memoir and look further than the plate and look into the face of an inspirational woman that has done very well for herself.
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I learned quite a bit from this book. From the in's-and-outs of food writing, big name chefs and restaurants to the production of Top Chef. Read morePublished 1 month ago by suninseattle
I love Gail Simmons. You can tell she's a beautiful person inside and out. Some things just come through the TV screen, and in this case- her book! Read morePublished 10 months ago by John Anthony
Fantastic read. What a genuine person. Wish I had her talent and job.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't read nearly as much as I did in the past. Television has been a replacement for books. So I'm thrilled to find that pleasure in books again and Gail Simmons gave that to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tammy Jean Toy
I thought this was an easy read that also taught me a little about cooking and a lot about Gail.Published 17 months ago by Angela
Uhm - who wouldn't love Gail Simmons ... with her mouth full ... talking of course! Great read and great insights into a great food career. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John