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The Hunger: A Story of Food, Desire, and Ambition by [DeLucie, John, Carter, Graydon]
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With a cooking class and a Dean & Deluca's prep gig under his belt, DeLucie left behind a comfortable finance career for the cutthroat culinary industry of 1990s New York City. Eventually, he'd become a celebrity chef with his own destination restaurant co-owned by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. Beyond talent and drive, DeLucie had the requisite outsized ego to make it in the NYC culinary scene, persevering despite the staggering number of failures (some almost immediately, and sometimes on the word of a single reviewer) he helps open. Readers may find DeLucie's self-important prologue hard to stomach, but if they're willing to humor him they'll find a genuinely good story as well as a survey of celebrity eating habits, drawn from his popular Greenwich Village restaurant The Waverly Inn (after his visit, Karl Lagerfeld sent out for "just our roasted carrots...every day for a week"). When he puts aside his ego, DeLucie provides an excellent balance of personal details and authentic backstage culinary tales. For all the name-dropping, DeLucie's is a satisfying triumph of hard work and sticktoitness.
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John DeLucie has given me so much pleasure at The Waverly Inn, and now he has written this delightful book, as well! I recommend it to anyone interested in good food—and good stories.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028MVHD2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Format: Hardcover
This tale of ambition, perseverance in times of adversity, and personal growth begins in the present with the author, now the successful executive chef and part owner of the Waverly Inn in New York, working his buns off yet again, manically multitasking to keep his gastronomic creations flowing, staff hopping, and A-List customers happy. How he got started in the restaurant business, what motivated him to make the "plunge", the disadvantages and challenges he had to overcome, lucky breaks, wise and not so wise moves, people he worked with and what he learned from them as well as from each previous job, and some of the prices he has had to pay on the way to building a solid reputation are all narrated next with humor, humility, honesty, and effective use of flash backs and forwards as the main storytelling device. The author paints a vivid picture of the world he lives in (yes, there's drugs, sex, booze, betrayal, and loves lost), and although accounts of the ups and downs in his life did not always have the force of an intense drama (the narration had a few dead spots here and there), I still think this first-time author did a pretty good job and I thank him for sharing many of his eye-opening experiences with us.
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Excellent self portrayal of a mid life crisis that turns into another venture of good success. Being in the food business myself, I appreciate the pains, laughs and hard thought out successes of people like John. Good reading!
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I've been to the Waverly Inn and bought this book expecting a celebrity tell-all. I was quickly and immediately surprised to be drawn into a story about one man's change in career. Mind you, Delucie certainly dishes with great humor throughout the book, but my favorite parts were the very human stories reflecting his challenges and struggles in the food business mixed in with the glitzy Waverly chapters. I loved the stories of his mother and grandmother's influence on his career choice and his recipes. I found the tales of his wives touching and real. Between the excitement in the kitchen and his personal life, I couldn't put it down. A real 2-sitting read.
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Wow what can I say about this book but read it. Takes you through chef DeLucie's life before cooking and as he graduated to the Waverly. Excerpts from the Waverly story are nicely intertwined . Good read
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I picked this book up as a light read for commuting and was blown away. This engrossing and interesting look "behind the curtain" at the restaurant industry caused me to miss my stop on the train!

I was surprised to see what a great writer John DeLucie was, he really has a knack for creating a scene. The fact that he was so candid and honest about his own mistakes made the book more endearing. I recommend this to anyone who has ever decided to change careers and become a chef - he makes the point that its not easy - or anyone who is curious what it takes to get to the point where your restaurant is one of the premier destinations in NYC.

Great read!
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The book of this chef was not written as he was the best chef in the world but all he had to learn and strive for with no formal training. He knew he was over his head most of the time but tried and tried to get to a place he could manage.
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Format: Hardcover
I started reading this on my flight from JFK to LAX. I was instantly cast into the kitchen, the dining, the celebrity life, the Insurance company. John has a way of telling his story, where you immediately become his teammate. You are dependent on him winning.
I got to my destination and had to meet friends, but I was sneaking my reading in the car, on the way to dinner. I loved the realness, the passion, the journey and I'm looking forward to more from John Delucie; be it books, food, more restaurants..I am a fan forever.
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This is a great read. Well written, witty and just plain old fun. A wonderful insight on how the chef struggled through challenges of life to get to where he is now. Exemplifying how perseverance pays off!! Very nice to read about accomplishments that come to fruition without stepping on or over anyone to get there. Highly recommend this book!!
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