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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love this book! It is delightfully written and is an interesting narrative of Jacques Pepin's life. He is also my favorite chef and cookbook author. Read morePublished 16 days ago by L. M. Steven
Loved this book! Why haven't I read it sooner? Jacques has a wicked sense of humor and isn't afraid to drop names. Couple of cool recipes included.Published 1 month ago by carolefun
REALLLLY a great book. I was able to buy a used copy...in great condition...at a price that was within my budget. Jacques' writing is hysterical and very informative. ThanksPublished 2 months ago by Nick S.
great book! it explains why Jacques Pepin has become.....Jacques Pepin.Published 2 months ago by giovanni