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A clever, mischievous, and very likable boy, Pépin's earliest food memories are hungry ones from his childhood in war-torn France. After World War II, his first restaurant job was peeling potatoes for his mother at her restaurant, and he became an apprentice in a hotel kitchen at age 13. In this delightful tale he works hard, plays fair, is kind to others and good to his family, and his efforts take him to Paris, and then New York. Except for the terrible car accident that required him to reinvent himself as a teacher and television personality, he seems to have always been in the right place at the right time. He cooked for Prime Minister Gaillard and then General Charles de Gaulle, met Pierre Franey, Craig Claiborne, and Julia Child, and turned down a job cooking for JFK to accept one with Howard Johnson. But just as entertaining and enjoyable to read about are his tender memories and thoughts about his relationships with his parents and brothers, and with his wife and daughter.
We all wish we could cook like Pepin (and every chapter ends with one of Pépin's favorite recipes), but this enchanting tale will make you wish you knew him. The clear, simple way he expresses himself and the honesty with which he tells his story will bring you to tears, and make you laugh out loud. --Leora Y. Bloom
I have so much respect for this great chef. His story is very well written and throughly compelling!Published 1 month ago by Genie Cohen
We watch Jacques' shows and have lived in France which made this really fun to read.Published 1 month ago by Rabbid Reader
This is a very charming and evocative memoir by one of our most beloved and eminent chefs, who began his lifelong career during the war years in France (WW 2), helping out his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sonia Greenbaum
This is an interesting book. I enjoyed it so much that I bought this second copy to gift to someone.Published 1 month ago by Cathy baker
I've seen Jacques Pepin on TV it seems like forever but I knew little about his formative years. Turns out, his upbringing in the French countryside and his life-long love of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dempsy Winans
The fascinating life of an exceptional chef!! Delightful to learn all the venues in which he has cooked and all the celebrities for whom he has cooked!!Published 2 months ago by Julie T