This was a delightful autobiography that I enjoyed from start to finish. The early sections on his childhood are told with a sense of sustained innocent, despite the privations of the second World War. The entire story is told with honesty and humor. Read social commentary is also present-- from a call for more African-Americans as chefs (and a condemnation for our failure in that there aren't more), to the joys of real food and care and joy in it's preparation, to a philosophy on the feeding of children. Reports of his friendships with Julia Child, Howard Johnson, and other important figures are told with affection but also honesty. I was sorry when this book ended!
P?pin describes his life through the various jobs he's held, and emphasizes his love of food. The narrator does a good job of transmitting the author's words in a warm way.
P?pin talks about his jobs, his friends, his views on food. A great book for those who have admired his career, or who want to know more about this amazing chef.
I have been a line cook for 10 years and a professional chef for 2 now. This book is an absolute must read for every aspiring or even seasoned chef. Jacques truly is an all American success story. This book is beautifully read (albeit with a few pronunciation errors) as well as wonderfully written. Before I was a chef I was an English major. There are two things in this world I know, food and good writing, this book satisfied my need for both.
He has led a very interesting life. Much like Forrest Gump he has met or worked with a great deal of celebrities and world figures. I quite enjoyed his stories.
I will forever be a fan of Jacques Pepin after reading this book. The man has lived an amazing life and tells his stories with humor and sincerity.
The narrator does a wonderful job as well!
After listening to this book, I liked Jacques Pepin more than ever. His accounts of growing up, becoming a cook, moving to the U.S. and establishing a career here are a must-read for those who are interested in food and cooking. I was sorry it ended!