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  • Letters to a Young Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Boulud
    • Narrated By Mario Brassard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    From the reinvention of French food through the fine dining revolution in America, Daniel Boulud has been witness to, and creator of, our contemporary food culture. A modern man with a classical foundation, he speaks with the authority that comes from a lifetime of experience, and no small amount of passion, about the vocation of creating and serving food.

    G E. Learned says: "A great listen"
    "Essential Instruction Manuel for Serious Chefs!"
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    Where does Letters to a Young Chef rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in my top three audiobooks.


    What does Mario Brassard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Brassard's narration was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in becoming a chef or just fascinated by those who choose this profession, this book covers all the bases. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about what it takes to become a great chef, the sacrifices one must be willing to make and the passion required to become successful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (399)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Entertaining and informative autobiography"
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    What other book might you compare Yes, Chef to and why?

    Letters to a Young Chef by Daniel Boulud because both are thoughtful and carefully crafted manuals for anyone thinking about becoming a chef, or just those of us who are simply fascinated by the subject of fine cuisine and the men and women who make cooking their profession.


    What about Marcus Samuelsson’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Samuelsson is a wonderful narrator. His voice is smooth and easy to listen to and it's hard to imagine anyone else reading this. I wish more writers would narrate their novels.


    Any additional comments?

    Marcus Samuelsson is a humble man with a remarkable background. His life is a testament to how driving desire and hard work can overcome prejudice and adversity. His story is fascinating and I came away with newfound respect and admiration for this chef. I hope one day to eat in his restaurant in Harlem, Red Rooster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heston Blumenthal: The Biography of the World's Most Brilliant Master Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Chas Newkey-Burden
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is a gastronomic alchemist who sees the kitchen as a laboratory where he loves to experiment with new ways to tantalize diners' taste buds. The story of his life is every bit as colorful and attention-grabbing as his famous snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream. This biography traces his journey from a life-changing childhood holiday in France through to his brief apprenticeship in Raymond Blanc's restaurant, where he stood up to a kitchen bully. It follows him as - constantly pushing the boundaries of his work - he reached the top of his profession and was knighted by the Queen.

    rpflex says: "A love letter comprised of glowing reviews..."
    "A love letter comprised of glowing reviews..."
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    Would you try another book from Chas Newkey-Burden and/or Richard Aspel?

    no.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chas Newkey-Burden again?

    no.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Aspel?

    wouldn't help the story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    If I want to read reviews, I know where to look. This book reads more like a Madison Ave press release, than a biography.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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