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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.
Absolutely loved this book! The writing is warm, real and truly honest. Pepin's memories of life in New York his association with Julia child Howard Johnson and many other foodies... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lisa Staltari
When you read this, you can see how he became so accomplished since he was working in kitchens from such a young age. It really makes you appreciate his gift. Read morePublished 4 days ago by L. T.
I have been a fan of Jacques Pepin for many years. It was very nice to read about his journey through life from a very young boy in France to his culinary triumphs in America. Read morePublished 19 days ago by whatever
I bought this book for a friend that enjoys watching Jacques Pepin on the local PBS station. This book is interesting and entertaining.Published 1 month ago by JF
a homey account of the path to being a famous chef--a few recipes make this memoir additionally pleasureablePublished 1 month ago by margaret birrney
I enjoyed this autobiography of one of my favorite cooks. There's a lot of history and culture between these pages, and some lovely recipes too.Published 1 month ago by Bunny Oliver
An amazing memoir by the most talented chef ever! Jacques Pepin does what no other celebrity chef does... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pomsrule