The Reach of a Chef: Professional Cooks in the Age of Celebrity

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Penguin, May 18, 2006 - Cooking - 352 pages
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The author of The Soul of a Chef looks at the new role of the chef in contemporary culture

For his previous explorations into the restaurant kitchen and the men and women who call it home, Michael Ruhlman has been described by Anthony Bourdain as ?the greatest living writer on the subject of chefs?and on the business of preparing food.? In The Reach of a Chef, Ruhlman examines the profound shift in American culture that has raised restaurant cooking to the level of performance art and the status of the chef to celebrity CEO. Bibliophiles and foodies alike will savor this intimate meeting with some of the most famous chefs in the kitchens of the hottest restaurants in the world.

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Review: The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen

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My favorite Ruhlman book so far. It would hard to enjoy without reading his others: The Making of a Chef and the Soul of a Chef, but it still good. Wish it wasn't 9 years old though. I'd love to know what those chefs are doing now in 2015. Hint Hint. Read full review

Review: The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen

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A little too Inside Baseball for me. Ruhlman has become an insider and it somehow drains this book of it's appeal. More like a collection of long magazine articles. Read full review

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Its Not the French Laundry Per Se
The Morphing Chef
Shadow Urge
Cant Go Home Again
Doctor Ryan
A Kinder Gentler Kitchen
Waiting for Bibimbap
Grant Achatz
Melissa Kelly
One Thing Leads to Another
The Branded Chef
The Outpost and the Rollout
Emeril and Rachael

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About the author (2006)

Michael Ruhlman is the author of The Making of a Chef, The Soul of a Chef, and Charcuterie. He has also collaborated with Thomas Keller on two cookbooks, The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon. Additionally, Ruhlman has written for The New York Times, Gourmet, Saveur, and Food Arts magazine, as well as being featured on the PBS series Cooking Under Fire.


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