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Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d'Or Competition Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 1, 2009
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I highly recommend this book and any others from this unique observer of the culinary scene.
Walter, Great Falls Va.
This book was ten times better than I ever could have imagined. It traces the story of Team USA (Timothy Hollingsworth and his Commis Adina Guest) and their quest for a medal at the bi-annual Bocuse d'Or Competition. To say it is a book about cooking is like saying James Bond is a book about a spy. I didn't know a cooking competition could be so intense (and this is someone who is always watching Top Chef, Masterchef and Hell's Kitchen).
All credit goes to the author, Andrew Friedman, who garners the trust of all the indivdiuals involved and weaves a tale that incorporates the thoughts and feelings of the chefs, the commis, the coach - and even Hollingsworth's girlfriend. It does not surprise me that Friedman's other passion is tennis, you can certainly see the "sports fever" writing style come through in this book. However, I cannot rave enough about how it enabled someone like myself (a novice foodie, especially with French terms) to truly enjoy and visualize the food that was being created.
I understood what Hollingsworth was attempting to make as he created and re-created his presentation dishes (Bocuse d'Or competitors must present a fish platter and a meat platter using proteins set by the competition).Read more ›
But that same thoroughness makes the book drag after a while. After the exciting first half, you can almost see the author sweating, trying to stretch out the little material into 160 more pages. He's not completely to blame--the action takes place over just a few months, so there isn't much space to explore a bigger story arc. Still, the narrative suffers, and after a while, I lost interest in the book. I did manage to finish it, but reading the last half felt like a chore. It didn't help, either, (as other reviewers have noted) that there is a big spoiler in the photo insert in the middle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book following the 2009 USA entrants in the renowned cooking competition. Great read even if you're not a foodie.Better read if you are.Published 10 months ago by Sue J
The Bocuse d' Or is like Formula 1 racing . It is the best show for the incredible talent of the chefs. Read morePublished 18 months ago by edouard cointreau
A great read and a book that any chef or aspiring chef should read, well written and worded and one I'll read again soon.Published on January 20, 2014 by David Schofield
Probably not for the average home cook or Food network fan. This is not like watching an episode of some cooking challenge. Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by cheffy
KNIVES AT DAWN: AMERICA'S QUEST FOR CULINARY GLORY AT THE LEGENDARY BOCUSE D'OR COMPETITION comes from a journalist and author who follows the American team and other contestants... Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Midwest Book Review