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Cooked Audiobook

Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras

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Publisher's Summary

This riveting memoir is the incredible story of Jeff Henderson's rollercoaster ride from high-stakes cocaine dealer, to prison inmate, to world-class chef.

Barely old enough to drink legally, Henderson was clearing $35,000 per week as one of the most successful cocaine dealers in San Diego. But when he was 23, he was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges and sentenced to almost 20 years. Hardheaded, Henderson held firmly to his gritty street morals, until the day he was assigned to wash dishes in the prison kitchen. He immediately took an interest in food preparation and eventually determined that when he was released, he would become a chef, no matter what.

An extraordinary tale of crime, punishment, and redemption, Cooked is a glorious testament to the power of the human spirit when faced with seemingly impossible odds.

©2007 Jeff Henderson; (P)2007 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Cooked is alive with the visceral energy of street life, the sober reality of prison, and the drama and intensity of working in top restaurant kitchens. With extraordinary poise and clever insight, Jeff relates the astounding obstacles he overcame to be recognized as one of the best young chefs in America." (BlackNews.com)

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    carlos North Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-18-12
    carlos North Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book!"

    Great Bio, Fun, Exiting, Inspiring, and shows how anyone can turn their life around. Specially in the restaurant industry. oh! and it showed me how cooking inside a prison must feel like!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Natick, MA, United States 08-19-08
    John Natick, MA, United States 08-19-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Cooked"

    This is very difficult to listen to. I can understand the emphasis on coming from the ghetto, but there is no need for the constant abusive language.

    The personal honesty and pride is refreshing, but I would not recommend this.
    A better read about someone pulling themselves up would be Humble Pie.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Harlan Spring, TX, United States 09-25-11
    Harlan Spring, TX, United States 09-25-11
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    "Way too many "F" bombs to get past the 4th chapter"

    I just can't have that kind of foul language continuously in my ears. Why are so many books turning to this when there is a world of words just waiting to be enjoyed.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Oakland, CA, USA 03-01-08
    Mary Oakland, CA, USA 03-01-08
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    "Hard to Listen To"

    This was my first book from Audible and it was horrible. Maybe if the author had not been reading the book and a professional narrator read it, it might have been a little more engaging. I found it almost impossible to listen to and I couldn't finish the book. Don't bother.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 01-14-15
    Mark 01-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Twas okay."

    My wife was inspired by one of his lecture, so I thought I would listen to his book. The author was very passionate about cooking. However the first part of the book he didn't show much remorse for what he did, it almost seemed like he was bragging.

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    Sean D davenport fl 06-28-12
    Sean D davenport fl 06-28-12 Member Since 2010

    geeky chef

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    "not very good"
    What would have made Cooked better?

    Better english


    What could Jeff Henderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less thug talk more English language.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the story was written better


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cooked?

    Not scenes just changed how it was written


    Any additional comments?

    With all the f-bombs and raw language the author can off as uneducated. I stopped listening half way through. Me and my friend who are cooks still laugh about this book. Its a joke.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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