Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 6, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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"One of America's great chefs" (Vogue), Grant Achatz, shares how his drive to cook immaculate food fueled his miraculous triumph over tongue cancer.

By 2007 chef Grant Achatz had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine, he had received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, and he and Nick Kokonas had opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine. Then, positioned firmly in the world's culinary spotlight, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma-tongue cancer.

The prognosis grim, Grant undertook an alternative treatment of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation that ravaged his body and left him without a sense of taste. Tapping into his profound discipline and passion, he trained his chefs to mimic his palate and learned how to cook with his other senses. As Kokonas was able to attest, the food was never better. Five months later, Grant was declared cancer-free and went on to achieve some of the highest honors in the culinary world. Life, on the Line is not only a chef's memoir, it is also a book about survival, about nurturing creativity, and about profound friendship.


  

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Review: Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

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It's getting to a point in our culture where everyone writes a memoir. Whether they are famous or not, regardless of their job, regardless of having anything to say... However, the concept of this ... Read full review

Review: Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

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Imagine. The restaurant which you built from scratch from the ground up was just rated the number one restaurant in the country by Gourmet magazine. You are among the most innovative chefs in the US ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
Chapter 2
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Life on the Line
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24

A New Train of Thought
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Epilogue
Afterword
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Grant Achatz is the owner of Alinea, Next and The Aviary in Chicago. He lives in Chicago.
Nick Kokonas partnered with Grant Achatz to develop Alinea, Next and The Aviary. He lives with his wife and two sons in Chicago.

Grant Achatz is the owner of Alinea, Next and The Aviary in Chicago. He lives in Chicago.
Nick Kokonas partnered with Grant Achatz to develop Alinea, Next and The Aviary. He lives with his wife and two sons in Chicago.

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