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Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by [Gibney, Michael]
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2014: Reading Michael Gibney's Sous Chef--a debut that plays at the outer bounds of memoir--may be the closest most of us will ever come to living a day as the second-in-command at a Michelin-starred New York City restaurant. Written in the second person, it's intense and immediately devourable. Sous Chef has all the drama, disaster, and triumph people have come to expect from reality restaurant TV, but far more intimate and nuanced. On every page, Gibney turns out phrases to savor: this is kitchen writing on par with Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones & Butter. No one who’s read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential will be surprised by the more licentious elements, but the real thrills are those transcendent moments when every player is absorbed by their role, moving together to assemble a fantastic meal. In Gibney’s hands, the anonymous act of preparing and serving great food to ravenous multitudes feels authentically noble, verging on heroic. --Mari Malcolm

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Trained both as a chef and a writer, Gibney leads readers on an excursion through the preparation and service of a single Friday night’s dinner in an upscale Manhattan French restaurant. The day starts early for the kitchen staff, who inventory goods on hand; await the chef’s decision on the evening’s specials; make sure all the arrangements meet requirements for the appetizers, entrées, and desserts to be served; deal with the state of mind and body of the cooking staff; coordinate with the waiters; and ultimately get the proper dishes, properly prepared, to the proper tables at the proper time. Such coordination of disparate activities is a restaurant’s stock-in-trade, and Gibney documents how the system works and what can go wrong as the complex process moves along. Cooks don’t always have mastery of English, some show up hungover or ill, and some may not show up at all. Culinary students can learn plenty here. --Mark Knoblauch

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  • File Size: 3716 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 25, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 25, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FIN2IRM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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