Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-hours Exploits, and what Really Goes on in the Kitchen
In the tradition of Kitchen Confidential, a revealing and entertaining insider's tour through top restaurant kitchens, told from the unique perspective of a critically acclaimed pastry chef.
Spicedis Dalia Jurgensen's memoir of leaving her office job and pursuing her dream of becoming a chef. Eventually landing the job of pastry chef for a three-star New York restaurant, she recounts with endearing candor the dry cakes and burned pots of her early internships, and the sweat, sheer determination, and finely tuned taste buds-as well as resilient ego and sense of humor-that won her spots in world-class restaurant kitchens. With wit and an appreciation for raunchy insults, she reveals the secrets to holding your own in male-dominated kitchens, surviving after-hours staff parties, and turning out perfect plates when you know you're cooking for a poorly disguised restaurant critic. She even confesses to a clandestine romance with her chef and boss-not to mention what it's like to work in Martha Stewart's TV kitchen-and the ugly truth behind the much-mythologized "family meal."
Following Dalia's personal trajectory from nervous newbie to unflappable professional, Spicedis a clever, surprisingly frank, and affectionate glimpse at the sweet and sour of following your passion.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing
Jurgensen gives a brief, clearly ghost-written story of her years as a pastry chef. The material itself is good, but hindered by the lackluster prose and lack of detail or emotional impact. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - paperloverevolution - LibraryThing
I see people didn't like this book much. I really enjoyed it. Not only was it refreshing to see the tough-guy cook memoir done by a girl, but her writing is graceful - descriptive but terse, my ... Read full review