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The Making of a Chef Audiobook

The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America

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Publisher's Summary

In the ultimate food-lover's fantasy, journalist Michael Ruhlman dons chef's jacket and houndstooth-check pants to join the students in Skills One at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country. His goal is to document the training of America's chefs from the first classroom to the Culinary's final kitchen, the American Bounty Restaurant. The result becomes more than a rote reportage of a school for cooks. Ruhlman learns to cook as though his future depends upon it, and this complete immersion enables him to create the most vivid and energetic memoir of a culinary education on record.

©1997 by Michael Ruhlman; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Jennifer Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-22-11
    Jennifer Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-22-11
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    "Good book, horrible narrator"

    Seriously. This guy reads like he's a police desk sergeant reading the crime blotter. His pacing is completely off -- he doesn't pause at the end of a sentence before he starts a new chapter, for goodness sake. He's monotone, he pronounces things oddly, and I am just agog that he can make a career out of this.

    The content is interesting and in text form I would have given it at least 4 stars, but at this point I don't even know if I'm going to finish it because listening to it is alternately putting me to sleep and driving me crazy.

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    Susan Kendall Park, NJ, USA 01-09-06
    Susan Kendall Park, NJ, USA 01-09-06 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful"

    This was one of the most enjoyable books I have heard in awhile. I stayed up all night to listen to the entire thing- almost 12 hours! I couldn't put it down.

    It was so interesting to learn about the CIA and so interesting to learn about food in general. And the author can write!

    Just don't listen to this if you are hungry.....

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    Mark 07-09-16
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    "Excellent Book!!"

    Good story. Well researched. Well written. Looking forward to Book#2. Hopefully the author writes a similar book this time on the fashion industry. good narration. no problem.

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    angel 05-28-16
    angel 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book I can listen to it over and over"

    loved it Thanks for great books Amazon !!! I would recommend the book to anyone who likes to cook.

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    jenifer 05-25-16
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    "Very bad pronunciation"

    The narrator should have made an effort to learn the pronunciation of the culinary terms. Was very annoying to listen to him mispronounce common words!

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    Paul D 05-12-16
    Paul D 05-12-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Must read for culinary students."

    Read it because my daughter's been accepted to the CIA. I hope she's really prepared! I recommended that she read it as well. She will as soon as high school finals are over. The info is almost 10 years old, but still good ... and eye opening.

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    Michael 03-07-16
    Michael 03-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Painful to listen to."

    This is a tough listen. The performance is just awful. The acting is flat, monotone, and riddled with mispronunciations. But it's not all the actor's fault. The editing is abysmal. The actor trails off in mid sentence and it was completely overlooked. This happens unconscionably often. The book is really good otherwise. I'd suggest buying the book instead.

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    Michael 06-03-15
    Michael 06-03-15
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    "poor pronunciation"

    I am a graduate of the CIA, and can confirm the accuracy of this discription having met most of the chef instructors personally. however the pronunciation of the jargon is a real problem for me. very well read otherwise.

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    David 05-15-14
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    "I'd rather listen to Siri read the book."
    What did you like best about The Making of a Chef? What did you like least?

    The information in the book was in depth and had a nice flow to it. The book was more a journal rather than having any kind of cohesive narrative or story. There wasn't much of a underlying theme to the book. There could have been more back story to the history of the CIA and cooking instruction as a whole.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was like a robot that mispronounces words he doesn't know. There was no flow or character to the voices. I could have had more fun listening to a text to speech program narrate the book for me.


    Could you see The Making of a Chef being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I love Michael Ruhlman's cookbooks and follow his blog, this book is nothing like that. Its more of a diary account of him going to the CIA.

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    James Sun Prairie, WI, United States 12-01-13
    James Sun Prairie, WI, United States 12-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"
    What did you love best about The Making of a Chef?

    I enjoyed the intensity of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inside look at CIA


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Ensured I am never a chef.


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    "Long-winded and sadly disappointing."

    Much of this book focussed on the character of the teaching staff and headline processes. Sadly not the informative piece of work the title would suggest.

    Personally, I found this a slog to the end with very few redeeming features.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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