Work Clean: The life-changing power of mise-en-place to organize your life, work, and mind

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Rodale, May 3, 2016 - Self-Help - 304 pages

The first organizational book inspired by the culinary world, taking mise-en-place outside the kitchen.

Every day, chefs across the globe churn out enormous amounts of high-quality work with efficiency using a system called mise-en-place--a French culinary term that means “putting in place” and signifies an entire lifestyle of readiness and engagement. In Work Clean, Dan Charnas reveals how to apply mise-en-place outside the kitchen, in any kind of work.

Culled from dozens of interviews with culinary professionals and executives, including world-renowned chefs like Thomas Keller and Alfred Portale, this essential guide offers a simple system to focus your actions and accomplish your work. Charnas spells out the 10 major principles of mise-en-place for chefs and non chefs alike: (1) planning is prime; (2) arranging spaces and perfecting movements; (3) cleaning as you go; (4) making first moves; (5) finishing actions; (6) slowing down to speed up; (7) call and callback; (8) open ears and eyes; (9) inspect and correct; (10) total utilization.

This journey into the world of chefs and cooks shows you how each principle works in the kitchen, office, home, and virtually any other setting.

 

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If you have a job, a goal, or a dream, you need to read this. If you are chronically late, overwhelmed, or stuck, you need to read this. If you want to improve in any way, you need to read this. Read full review

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A fascinating look at the process of mise-en-place in the kitchen and how we non-chefs can apply the techniques to get us organized in our daily lives. Loved the concept of the Daily Meeze. I also appreciated the concept that a project that is 90% done is not done. Read full review

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Dan Charnas is an award-winning culture, lifestyle, and business writer. Recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Fellowship for Arts Journalism, his first book, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, was called "a classic of music-business dirt digging as well as a kind of pulp epic" by Rolling Stone. He lives in New York City.

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