Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen

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  • THE GRIT AND GLORY OF RESTAURANT LIFE, AS TOLD BY A SURVIVOR OF KITCHENS ACROSS AMERICA  Cooking Dirty is a rollicking account of life “on the line” in the restaurants, far from culinary school, cable TV, and the Michelin Guide—where most of us eat out most of the time. It takes the kitchen memoir to a rough and reckless place. From his first job scraping trays at a pizzeria at age fifteen, Jason Sheehan worked on the line at all kinds of restaurants: a French colonial and an all-night diner, a crab shack just off the interstate and a fusion restaurant in a former hair salon. Restaurant work, as he describes it in exuberant, sparkling prose, is a way of life in which “your whole universe becomes a small, hot steel box filled with knives and meat and fire.” The kitchen crew is a fraternity with its own rites: cigarettes in the walk-in freezer, sex in the basement, the wartime urgency of the dinner rush. Cooking is a series of personal challenges, from the first perfectly done mussel to the satisfaction of surgically sliced foie gras. And the kitchen itself, as he tells it, is a place in which life’s mysteries are thawed, sliced, broiled, barbecued, and fried—a place where people from the margins find their community and their calling. With this deeply affecting book, Sheehan (already acclaimed for his reviews) joins the first class of American food writers at a time when books about food have never been better or more popular.
  • Author:
    Jason Sheehan
    Binding:
    Hardcover
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    641.5092
    EAN:
    9780374289218
    Edition:
    1
    ISBN:
    0374289212
    Label:
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $26.00
    Manufacturer:
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    368
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2009-06-23
    Publisher:
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Studio:
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Title:
    Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen
    Feature:
    Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.
    Release Date:
    2009-06-23

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