Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trails by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen
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A clever and affectionate glimpse at the truth about what goes on behind that swinging door, full of "great insider stuff" (Anthony Bourdain)
Life in a restaurant kitchen is strenuous and exciting, while its inhabitants are...unique. In this testosterone-laden atmosphere, Dalia Jurgensen tirelessly pursued her dream of becoming a chef, working her way up though New York's top restaurants.
In her deliciously entertaining memoir, she divulges the dynamics between cooks and waiters, chefs and food critics, and heated affairs between staff members. Written with sincere love for the industry, this is a candid insider's tour from the unique perspective of an acclaimed pastry chef.
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Review: Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the KitchenUser Review - Kim D - Goodreads
Bland and average look at back-of-the-house behavior and job tasks. The writing reminded me more of a "what I did on summer vacation" essay than a juicy industry tell-all or "warts and all" love affair with the profession. Read full review
Review: Spiced: A Pastry Chef's True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits, and What Really Goes on in the KitchenUser Review - Bethany Pagel - Goodreads
This book made me feel stressed, having worked as a pastry chef in several establishments before. It's accurate, stress-inducing, kind of vulgar, and at times unpleasant. It's not all about making pretty desserts. Read full review