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"Always be hungry, Owen," the Chef said softly. "Don't ever let life just wash over you. Savor it - every smell, every taste, every sound. That's rule one, Owen: Taste everything."

Owen Devon used to have a pretty good life. At least until a few months ago, when disaster struck his family. Now his grades are plunging and his life is spiraling out of control. To make matters worse, he's just been tagged for vandalism - and to repay the damage, he's being put to work for the crusty old owner of the local diner. But there's a lot about the old man that Owen doesn't know - and in this diner's cramped little kitchen, he's going to learn a lot more than how to cook an excellent meal....

From eight-time Culinary Olympian Chef Charles Carroll and New York Times best-selling author John David Mann (The Go-Giver) comes a tale of heartbreak and redemption, about a boy who learns to overcome tragedy and carve out a life of excellence and honor through cooking lessons at the hands of a retired chef. Blending poignant storytelling with vivid culinary detail, The Recipe offers listeners a compelling recipe for personal greatness. Throughout the story the listener also learns key cooking concepts, cutting techniques, and other practical secrets of the kitchen. Includes a complete set of recipes for dishes cooked in the story.

©2017 John David Mann (P)2017 John David Mann

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Taste Everything, A rule to live by.

Taste everything. If you learn nothing from this amazing story learn that. I have the pleasure of speaking with both the author and the co-author about the book, how the story developed, and the characters within the book. I know this is a work of fiction but it feels so real. (Btw I read the print copy first)

I could identify with Owen, the boy in the book and how he feels after his loss. Having been through a very similar situation with the loss of my father. The grizzled chef reminds me of all the tough but loving mentors I’ve had through my life, making this wonderful work even more touching for me.

The Recipe is one of those works that once you read it you must pass it on to someone you love and ask them to pass it on. It was a true pleasure to experience this work and to pass on my copy.