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The Devil in the Kitchen Audiobook

The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness, and the Making of a Great Chef

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Publisher's Summary

Without question, the original rock-star chef is Marco Pierre White. Anyone with even a passing interest in the food world knows White is a legend. The first British chef (and the youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars - and the only chef ever to give them all back - is a chain-smoking, pot-throwing multiply married culinary genius whose fierce devotion to food and restaurants has been the only constant in a life of tabloid-ready turmoil.

In The Devil in the Kitchen, White tells the story behind his ascent from working-class roots to culinary greatness, leaving no dish unserved as he relays raucous and revealing tales featuring some of the biggest names in the food world and beyond, including: Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc, Michael Caine, Damien Hirst, and even Prince Charles. With candid honesty and wicked humor, he gives us insight into what it takes to become a great chef, what it's like to run a three-star kitchen, and why sometimes you really do need to throw a cheese plate at the wall.

©2006 Marco Pierre White and James Steen (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    chef lolo 10-03-16
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    "Maniac hero chef."

    I loved reading Marcos tales of the solid hard work that is normal in British kitchens. His drive to be the best and his path getting there were so interesting. Having lived and worked in London in kitchens in the 80's , he shares the truth albeit raw and nasty. This is a great read for anyone going into this profession and people who love food'

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    Brandon 07-18-16
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    "A chef / restaurateur must."

    The book is not only funny and interesting it will well up strong, usable passion.

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    "Amazing story!"

    I was listening outside my normal times because I don't want to stop. An amazing man with an amazing story.

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    Amazon Customer 08-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Title is somewhat deceiving"

    Enjoyed this memoir, & my enjoyment increased the longer I listened to it! I expected the main character, Marco, to be a real low-life. Not so! He clearly has a good heart and is a serious self-made man!

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    Troy Mitchell Brighton, Michigan, USA 06-01-17
    Troy Mitchell Brighton, Michigan, USA 06-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enlightening & Incredibly Motivating"

    As a chef myself, Chef Marco's story has further inspired me. Chef Marco's upbringing and background resignated with me because my relation to his struggles were similar enough for me to become immersed. His sort of "working class hero" status as a culinary professional was earned and and has motivated me when I needed it.
    The performance if the narrator could not have been any better than what Audible delivers in this product as well.

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    RocketDog Columbus, OH USA 05-15-17
    RocketDog Columbus, OH USA 05-15-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Great slice of life"

    A well-told series of reminiscences that build a well-rounded picture of a life. The narrator is one of the best - he brought the stories to life with a lively reading of conversations and emotion appropriate to the scene.

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    "Cookin' Narration"

    There's not a lot to like about Marco Pierre White, other than his cooking. For example, White is annoyed at Gordon Ramsay for attending one of White's weddings with cameras, but capitalizes on Ramsay's popularity by writing about him throughout the book. I suspect to know White Is initially exciting, followed by exhausting, before a pouty fallout.

    Timothy Bentinck's narration succeeds twice over. First, many narrators base their non-fiction style on a crude version of early talkie film newsreels, which makes any subject incredibly dull if listened to for hours. Bentinck avoids that and provides an interesting listen. The other skillful thing he does is humanizes White and even makes him sympathetic at times. Timothy Bentinck is definitely going on my list of preferred narrators.

    The story excited me about quality food. While reading it, I bought a knife sharpener and fine brunoised vegetables to recreate a delicious lunch I had at a stall in downtown LA. At least three of the four stars is for inspiring me to eat flavorful and quality foods. It definitely succeeded there, if that was one of the goals.

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    dedeeri1 12-09-16
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    What disappointed you about The Devil in the Kitchen?

    Boring and self centered


    What could Marco Pierre White and James Steen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it more about cooking and less about cook


    What didn’t you like about Timothy Bentinck’s performance?

    Performance was ok


    What character would you cut from The Devil in the Kitchen?

    Marco Pierre White


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    Rulo b. 11-22-16
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    "great book"

    lived the book getting a look into the life of one of the, in my opinion best chefs there is and ever was. from his up bringing all the way in to the days after his retirement. a must read for aspiring chefs.

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    Yanick Minneapolis, MN 10-21-16
    Yanick Minneapolis, MN 10-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Yes, Marco, you are a genius"

    An interesting story and a great performance. However, the story got more than slightly annoying with Marco going on and on about his own genius. After a while, it got old and began to annoy rather than impress.

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