The Saucier's Apprentice

The Saucier's Apprentice

One Long Strange Trip Through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the author's visits to some of Europe's foremost cooking schools, where he experienced comic misadventures in the face of temperamental chefs, local personalities, and memorable recipes.

Norton Pub
In the blink of an eye, Bob Spitz turned fifty, finished an eight-year book project and a fourteen-year marriage that left him nearly destitute, had his heart stolen and broken on the rebound, and sought salvation the only way he knew how. He fled to Europe, where he hopscotched among the finest cooking schools in pursuit of his dream. The urge to cook like a virtuoso, to unravel the mysteries of the process, had become an obsession.Spitz hit the fabled cooking-school circuit in a series of idyllic European villages, and The Saucier's Apprentice is a chronicle of his exploits. Combining an outrageous travelogue with gastronomic lore, hands-on cooking instruction, hot-tempered chefs, local personalities, and a batch of memorable recipes, Spitz's odyssey recounts the transformation of a professional writer—and lifelong kitchen amateur—into a world-class cook.
The education of a barbarian in the temples of haute cuisine.

Baker
& Taylor

Recounts how the author, in the aftermath of his fiftieth birthday, a divorce, and a love affair gone wrong, visited some of Europe's foremost cooking schools, where he experienced comic misadventures in the face of hot-tempered chefs, local personalities, and memorable recipes. By the author of The Beatles.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780393060591
0393060594
Branch Call Number: 641.013 SPITZ
Characteristics: 323 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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matthewhayes
Feb 24, 2011

The best way to describe this book is that it's an "Eat, Pray , Love" but centered around cooking.

In a similar fashion to "Eat Pray Love", the author at the beginnings of a divorce who decides to embark upon a trip to Italy and France and attend cooking classes as a means of finding himself.

Positives about the book:

-interesting locations
-cornucopia of different people
-some of the food sounds amazing
-the book includes a few recipes

Negatives:

-author often feels down in the dumps, sorry for himself, restless and moody, which come across in the book

kpalichuk Jun 26, 2010

interesting book - the author travels through France and Italy in an attempt to learn how to cook better. He comes across as alternately insecure and holier-than-thou. Interesting read.

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