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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.
Its a great book and offers a real insight into the highest levels of the culinary world and what makes one of the greatest chefs of all time tick. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michael T. Lawson
I originally read this just before attending culinary school in Vancouver, BC. This hard copy was a gift to a friend embarking on a similar adventure. Read morePublished 3 days ago by TXChef
Lots of background on his life. This isn't a recipe book with some stories, it's more a biography with some recipes.Published 8 days ago by Mark Twain
Jacques has a clear and amusing voice, though the narrative does begin to meander in the latter half of the book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Brian Kung
Jacques Pepin is my idol when it comes to all things cooking. He is the best. I enjoyed the book, but felt the quality of writing fell short, and I wish the book had been longer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sherry
Every so called "celebrity chef" should read this book carefully. It gives real evidence of Chef Pepin's lifetime dedication to the art of cooking and his passion for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lucie Beaudet
I knew very little about Jacques, except what I see on his cooking shows. This is a very interesting book, so well written and very funny at times. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Kragthorpe
since we received this book my wife can not put is down. a wonderful addition to her library. must have.Published 3 months ago by John C. Seifert