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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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    Susan Kendall Park, NJ, USA 01-09-06
    Susan Kendall Park, NJ, USA 01-09-06 Member Since 2017
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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.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne K Danville, PA, USA 05-02-09
    Suzanne K Danville, PA, USA 05-02-09
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    "Narration hasn't improved with passage of time"

    since the last review was a few years ago, they havn't re-recorded it and the narration spoils the experience. Maybe the author should have read this book. I searched for books narrated by this author and will avoid any of them. I love culinary tales and it should have been wonderfu, operative word SHOULD. Try 'My Life in France' 'The Making of a Chef' both of these have gifted narrators.

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    04-19-17
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    "Pretty good"

    I had to read this book for a paper I had to write in one of my culinary classes. At first I thought this book was extremely boring. I even hated it, but as I read on I started to actually enjoy it. I liked the way it was written and it made me feel as if I was in the kitchen. Over all it's a pretty good book and it's good to read if you have an interest in cooking. Even if you don't want to be a chef it's still good to read.

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    Seleena San Jose 01-04-17
    Seleena San Jose 01-04-17 Member Since 2016

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    "An author and a cook"

    A very good book. It gives a reader general idea what it's like to attend the Culinary Institute of America and some of the courses and skills taught there. it's a good book to read for anyone interested in the culinary arrests. The editing of the audio book sounds choppy in some sections, but overall, it's a good book.

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    Mark 07-09-16
    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
    jenifer 05-25-16 Member Since 2014
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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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