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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.
An amazing memoir by the most talented chef ever! Jacques Pepin does what no other celebrity chef does... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Pomsrule
Loved reading about his life and all the recipes which were included.Published 19 days ago by DiAnn B.
if you love food and/or jacques pepin, you'll love this book. so full of funny anecdotes. it was an enjoyable read.Published 23 days ago by Sybil
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Sherry